The slopes of Mt Aso welcome autumn earlier than in other parts of Kyushu. Around the Shirakawa Suigen, one of Mt Aso's famed water sources, maple and gingko trees turn brilliant colors over the crystal waters. Locals and visitors alike often come to fill their water bottles from the many taps that are connected to the pool. This is a quiet stop, but a worthwhile one, on a tour of the Mt Aso area.
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