2016年09月

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Starting next month it will be possible to reach by bus the Daikanbo viewpoint from Aso station and Uchinomaki Onsen village. Until now the only solution except using a car was to take a bus and then walk for about 30 minutes to finally get there. This new bus will take you directly to this amazing spot where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful view on Mount Aso and the outer rim. There will be two buses a day, the first one will leave Aso station at 9:55 and will be back at 12:48. The second one will leave at 13:45 and be back at 16:13. There is a schedule on the flyer below but it is in Japanese so let us know if you need more details. The trip cost 1000 yen for the adults and 500 yen for children.

A partir du mois prochain il sera possible de se rendre en bus au belvédère du Daikanbo depuis la Gare d'Aso et le quartier de Uchinomaki. Jusqu'à présent la seule solution en dehors de la voiture était de prendre un bus puis de marcher pendant une bonne trentaine de minutes pour finalement arriver à destination. Ce bus vous amènera directement là où vous aurez tout loisir de profiter de l'une des plus belles vues sur le mont Aso et la bordure extèrieure de la caldeira. Il y aura seulement deux bus par jour le premier partant à 9:55 de la gare d'Aso pour être de retour à 12:48. Le second part à 13:45 pour un retour à 16:13. Les horaires sont sur le flyer ci-dessous mais comme c'est en japonais, faites nous savoir si vous voulez de plus amples détails. Il vous en coûtera 1000 yen par adulte et 500 yen par enfant.

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Franck 
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Today I had the chance to go to another festival in Aso and to be more precise it was in Sakanashi area. This festival was held in a Shrine called Baba Hachimangu. They were many attractions there and I was able to see kids in a Sumo tournament and others dancing. I really appreciated the atmosphere of this little festival and was kind of disappointed because I couldn't stay longer. I left at the same time as the parade watching adults wearing a Mikoshi (a transportable shrine) and followed by many kids in traditional festival clothes. The parade is supposed to come back around 15:30 at the shrine and other attractions will be held in the afternoon. For example the Sumo tournament will continue. It takes less than 20 minutes to reach that shrine from Aso station so if you're in the area do not hesitate to make a stop there! 

Aujourd'hui j'ai eu la chance de me rendre à un autre Festival d'Aso dans le quartier de Sakanashi. Ce festival a lieu dans le sanctuaire de Baba Hachimangu. Il y avait de nombreuses attractions et j'ai pu voir des enfants dans un tournoi de Sumo et d'autres danser. J'apprécie vraiment l'atmosphère qui se dégage de ces petits festivals de campagnes et j'ai été déçu de ne pas pouvoir rester plus longtemps. Je suis parti en même temps que la parade alors que des adultes portaient un mikoshi (sanctuaire portable) suivis de nombreux enfants en habits traditionnels. La parade sera normalement de retour au sanctuaire vers 15h30 et d'autres attractions auront lieu durant le reste de l'après midi comme la suite du tournoi de sumo pour enfants par exemple. Il faut moins de 20 minutes en voiture pour rejoindre le sanctuaire Baba Hachimangu depuis la gare d'Aso. Si vous êtes dans le coin pourquoi ne pas y faire un tour!

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Franck 
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Today I will introduce you to a very popular place among tourists in Aso, a place called Couples. There you'll be able to pick fruits according to the season. Right now it is possible to pick by yourself apples and grapes. When it is the right season you can also get strawberries and cherries. But that's not all because you can also get different products made with these fruit trough the year like soft served ice cream, pies, jam or juice. You can take a look at the brochure below or visit their website (partially in English) via the following link: http://www.couples-aso.com/
It takes less than 10 minutes by car to reach Couples from Aso station. Take right just before Ikoinomura station and go straight.


Aujourd'hui je vais vous présenter un lieu d'Aso particulièrement populaire auprès des touristes et qui se nomme Couples. Vous pourrez selon la saison cueillir vous même des fruits. En ce moment c'est la saison des pommes et des raisins! Mais quand la saison sera venue vous pourrez aussi cueillir des fraises et des cerises. Mais ce n'est pas tout car il est également possibles de se procurer tout au long de l'année différents produits à base de ces fruits, comme des glaces à l'italienne, des tartes, de la confiture ou du jus de fruit. Vous pouvez jeter un oeil à la brochure ci-dessous ou leur rendre visite sur leur site internet via l'adresse suivante: http://www.couples-aso.com/
Il faut moins de 10 minutes en voiture depuis la gare d'Aso pour rejoindre Couples. Il vous suffit de prendre à droite juste avant la Gare de Ikoinomura puis de continuer tout droit.

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Franck 
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Hello! Everyone! Sorry… It's not Franck today!
I'm Masako and I work at this tourist information center with Franck.
Nice to meet you!
Today he’s writing on the Japanese blog instead of me, so if you can read it, please try it!
 
 
I'm from Aso, I grew up here.  Aso city is countryside, so I didn't like my home town when I was a child…
But one day, I noticed that I didn't know about my hometown well.
It was when I started to work at this tourist information center. My job here is to introduce Aso and promote it. So I had to learn about this town. Then I realized that my hometown has many attractions I want to introduce to people not only from Japan but also from all over the world.
 
So,now, I can tell you where to find a lot of attractive places in Aso! I love my hometown, Aso, so I want a lot of people to know about this small town.
 
However,as you know, there was big earthquake in Aso in April. Unfortunately, the number of tourists from abroad heavily decreased after the earthquake... I was so sad, but we couldn't help it...
We can only wait that they come back…
 
But!Yesterday!
I saw at the same time many people from many different countries at Michi no Eki Aso!!
I have seen some tourists who came here on a tour a few weeks ago, and they were all Chinese.
Usually,tourists on a tour come from the same country. But, the tourists from abroad I saw yesterday were different!
They were from many different countries, like Canada, Australia, Vietnam or China for example and they were traveling together!
According to the story that I heard from them, (I often talk to customer. So if someone talked to you at Michi no Eki Aso, it would be me!) they all are working at travel agencies. They came to Kumamoto and Aso to learn about the situation after the Kumamoto earthquake.
I was so happy to hear that!
And I asked them to promote Aso when they go back to their own countries.
They answered YES!
Thank you so so so much for coming to Aso!
We may be able to see more tourists from abroad in Aso from now!

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We are waiting for you in Aso, at Michi no Eki Aso!

Masako Fujimoto


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I think its not really necessary to introduce you to the famous website Trip Advisor. This website is known worldwide and many users give their opinion about tourist spots, restaurants or hotels. This is also the case concerning the Michi no Eki (roadside station) in Japan. There is more than one thousand Michi no Eki all across Japan and trip Advisor released a top 20 of the best Michi no Eki in the country. And the good news is that Michi no Eki Aso is part of this top 20! It is ranked 15th which very good ! A big Thank You to all our customers who let a comment and an evaluation and who helped us to get so high in this top. You can check the ranking and Michi no Eki Aso dedicated  page on Trip Advisor website via the following links: 

Je pense qu'il n'est pas nécessaire de vous présenter le célèbre site qu'est Trip Advisor. Ce site internet, populaire dans le monde entier, permet à ses utilisateurs de donner leur opinion sur de nombreux sites touristiques, hôtels ou restaurants. Il en est de même au Japon pour les Michi no Eki (aire de repos). Il y a plus de 1000 Michi no Eki dans tous le Japon et Trip Advisor a publié un top 20 des meilleurs Michi no Eki du pays. Et Michi no Eki est dans ce top à la quizième place ce qui est un très bon résultat!Un grand merci à tous ceux qui ont laissé un commentaire et une évaluation et qui nous ont permit de finir si haut dans ce classement. Vous pouvez voir ce classement ainsi que la page dédiée à Michi no Eki Aso via les liens suivants: 

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