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Nabegataki Falls and Laputa Road

Fantasy landscapes in Northwest Aso Mountain Range

On January 2nd of 2013, I slept in my car on Route 339, commonly known as 'Milk Road', and located in the outer craters of Mt. Aso in Kumamoto prefecture.

The purpose of my visit was to appreciate the beautiful silky curtain-like water of Nabegataki Falls, which is on the north side of Mt. Aso, then move on next day to 'Laputa Road' to take photos. People say this road looks like a road to heaven, and seems to continue to the sky, but it is not widely known in Japan. Both places were gorgeous and lived up to their reputations. The Laputa Road reminded me of a sacred dragon tearing the freezing air and soaring high into the sky. The Aso Mountain Range was wrapped around by such a mysterious, holy air.

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