Nabegataki Falls and Laputa Road

Fantasy landscapes in Northwest Aso Mountain Range

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

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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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose