Here are a few scenes you will see on the south side of Aso’s gigantic volcanic caldera in late winter. Brown is the dominant color at this time of year, with occasional patches of evergreens on carpeted hillsides and crinkly deep orange leaves still clinging to branches of scattered deciduous trees. Single-lane roads allow for a drive past the Mt. Rakan crags and up the face of Mt. Takagi, but you can also go for a pleasant stroll here. If you’re hungry afterwards, there’s an excellent French restaurant at the mountain’s forested base.