Magun's Compass - Online Home of Nomadic Gatherings Travel Notes Nomadic Gatherings: Travels in Asia and Australia Nomadic Gatherings Michel Guntern (Author) 1. Taking Off - Southern Island of Kyushu

At the warm Hakata station the other passengers swept home with their chocolates in coloured bags or onto a last connection.

I tried to find a morning continuation but the timetables were solely for natives or advance linguists.

The man in the ticket office told me that there was a connection to Kumamoto in five minutes. I decided to push on.

I was heading into the heart of the southern island of Kyushu on the recommendation of a Greek traveller I had met in Tokyo.

He was so impressed with the fuming Mt. Aso that he vowed to return again.

As I had missed Mt. Fuji due to poor weather conditions, I felt I should at least pay my respects to Aso-san.

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