Sunday, November 13, 2016

Japan - Day 5 - Mount Usu

Monday, October 17, 2016   Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Hokkaido

Our first stop of the day was Mt. Usu in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. This regions features one of Japan's youngest and still active volcanoes, Mt. Showa Shinzan.  

Everyday our tour guide passed around a map with our route for the day marked down on it. I really liked that.

On the way, I noticed these wind turbines on the landscape. 

This is the gondola on the Usu-zan Ropeway which we rode to an observation deck on the side of the mountain.

This is Mt. Showa Shinzan.






You can click on the photo below to get a slightly bigger view. 



I bought a melon at one of the shops at the foot of the mountain.

A lunch stop at Restaurant Caldeira was next on the agenda.


We had this nabe-type hot pot dish. I loved it. 



Anonymous said...

Your camera takes such great photos. My husband looks at your blog daily and always mentions how clear your photos are.

jalna said...

Thank you, Gigi. I bought the camera just before leaving on this trip, and I wasn't sure how it would perform, especially during challenging conditions. I've been happy with the results so far.

K and S said...

nice lunch & photos:)

Honolulu Aunty said...

So did you go on the ropeway? I would be terrified of the height.

Great camera! Are these photos all on auto focus mode? That is my auto default and forever mode - auto focus.

Chet Colson said...

the Nabe hot spot lunch looks so healthy, right up my alley. I will invest in a camera. Phone camera is ok, but the quality of the pic are not as good.

jalna said...

Thanks Kat!

Aunty, it felt very safe in the gondola. I would say that I had the camera on auto about half the time. Sometimes it would choose a shutter speed that was too slow, so then I would set it manually myself.

Chet, that's what I liked about the nabe lunch . . . so healthy. Phone cameras take such great pictures nowadays, but yes, good to invest in a camera for your trip.

Nippon Nin said...

I had no idea how to spell Usu in Kanji...good to know. Beautiful pics! Nabe sounds really good! I may fixing the dish tomorrow.

jalna said...

So nice to hear from you Akemi!!

Susan said...

Such beautiful fall sights!

jalna said...

I love them too, Susan!