tuesday, september 20.

a good majority of my first day in japan was spent sleepily in the back seat of our charter bus.this was my view:

japan, september, 2011.

[is this real life?]

the bus took us to kurokawa onsen spa resort.

japan, september, 2011.

this is a famous resort with many hot springs (manmade, but filled with natural water) in which people nakedly emerse themselves into sulphuric water. unfortunately, photography was not allowed by the hot springs (i mean, let's be real), but this is what part of the resort looked like:

japan, september, 2011.

[fancy stuff.]

if you're ever in japan, GO TO THIS SPA. i claimed the onsen experience to be my favorite of asia so far, but i should have bit my tongue because i didn't foresee the surreal excellence of day two.

THIS IS WHAT OUR SECOND DAY CONSISTED OF:

[IS. THIS. REAL. LIFE?]

it took us a good 4 hours to hike the volcanic rim of aso mountain.

japan, september, 2011.
japan, september, 2011.
japan, september, 2011.
japan, september, 2011.
japan, september, 2011.
japan, september, 2011.

[BAHAHA TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THIS ONE.]

japan, september, 2011.
japan, september, 2011.

this hike was, hands down, the greatest slash most beautiful slash accomplished thing i've done in my measly lifetime. it was well worth the sweaty everything, severe sunburn, and ruining of shoes.

after the hike, we ate some food [oh, i was NOT impressed with japanese cuisine. but i think i have my pathetic meatless way of eating to blame for that one.] and drank some drank.

japan, september, 2011.
japan, september, 2011.