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This is a valley formed by flowing lava, located in "Asogogaku," of which Kumamoto's active volcano Mt. Aso consists. In spring, 50,000 azalea "Miyamakirishima" bloom at once and their beauty is impressive. The name was given with the meaning that they are so beautiful, they get even a wizard drunk. A walking path has now been completed, so visitors can enjoy hiking while looking at the steep rocks inside the crater.
- Ichinomiyamachi Miyaji, Aso-shi, Kumamoto
- 17-min taxi ride from JR Miyaji Station
- Official Website
- Admission fee
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Azalea Everywhere during Sensuikyo Azalea Festival
Sensuikyo is a habitat of Miyama Kirishima, a species of azalea. They are said to take decades to grow even a centimeter, and they are the face and heritage of Sensuikyo. During the blooming season from late April until mid May, many tourists come from all over Japan and abroad to see the Sensuikyo Azalea Festival.
Winter Beauty of Aso, The Frozen Waterfall "Hyobaku"
Around January to February in the midst of winter when temperatures drop in Sensuikyo, one can see Hyobaku, frozen waterfalls. The frozen 5-meter-tall waterfall, turned into an ice pillar, has a mythical beauty like a piece of art. It is a rare sight that does not occur every year.