The Kyushu district is in the west of Nara and it takes about one hour by a plane.
There are many volcanoes in this region. When we were driving, I saw many smokes rose up from surface of many mountains. I've never seen such smokes in Nara prefecture. There are a lot of wonderful hot springs there. I think hot water will gush if you dig anywhere in this area.
|This greenhouse uses the heat of a hot spring|
|Smoking from Kujyu-mountain chain|
|At Kurokawa hot spring|
|Icy flower in Kujyu-mountain chain|
We drove up a narrow continuous curving mountain path and visited "Kurokawa hot spring". It was along headwaters among the mountains and its open-air baths are made beside a mountain stream . It's so quiet. When I closed my eyes I listen to only the murmur of a stream and birds' chirp at the open-air bath. It gave me perfect relaxing.
The quantity of this hot water is sufficient so hot water is left overflowing from the bathtub.
This hot spring is sulfur spring though the smell is not strong and it has many 湯の花（the element in the hot spring that doesn't melt into the hot water) like a white fluff. I felt I got smooth skin from this hot spring.
Though it was pretty cold on that day, our bodies were warmed enough after bathing and they didn't cold easily.
|A open-air bath of a guest room|
|As a clothes-changing basket|
|A brook run between guest rooms|
I heard TV program are on location at the Japanese-style hotel we stayed. It's the TV program( 朝だ！生です旅サラダ） that a middle-aged actor introduces the hotel or Mt.Aso and this will be broad casted on March 24. Waitresses were excited for the location.
At the hot spring, I usually enjoy the open-air bath at least three time for overnight, just after arriving the hotel, just before going to bed and just after getting up next morning.
As usual just after getting up next morning, when I was gladly heading to the open-air bath without washing my face, throwing 丹前（ a padded large-size kimono） on 浴衣（a informal cotton kimono for sleeping) I came across that actor. He wore a neat clothes with a small travel bag and seemed to leave the hotel. There were no staffs. He said "Good morning" politely to us. I thought courtesy need to keep popularity for actor,too.
|a bus stop|
We stayed "Yufuin-hot spring",too. This hot spring was very transparent and made my skin smooth.
after taking the bath. We could enjoy the open-air bath,watching Yufudake-mountain that snow sheeted on its top. Yufudake-mountain is ht.1583meters and a land mark of Yufuin-hot spring.
|The open-air bath at Yufuin hot spring. Mt.Yufudake has a little snow on its top|
|Camellia at the garden of Kumamoto-Castle|
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