Apr 14, 2014

Family trip 2014 ("Yunoko onsen")

My family, including my son who lives alone to go a university, have an overnight trip once or two times every year. This time, we visited "Yunoko onsen"(湯の児温泉) that locates in the southern part of Kumamoto prefecture in March 29 to 30.

We left my house at 9 am and picked up my son in Fukuoka city and went forward to the onsen.

Now, the days we spend together are getting less than the past so, to spend hours and to see same things together is very good to keep our relationship, I think.

We arrived at the onsen after 4 pm. Unfortunately, it was continuing to rain and I thought that the scenery could look more beautiful if it was clear.

"Yunoko onsen" is in a city of Minamata that is known for "Minamata-byou"(水俣病).  I wanted to visit a memorial center that tells about the pollution disease but I gave it up because I could not get my family's agreement.

In the morning of March 30, we walked around there for about 20 minutes. I had an impression that this area is one of  "hinabita onsen"(鄙びた温泉). "Hinabita" means that "it is rural but has good atmosphere".

We went home after we had a short stop at a farmer's market and bought several souvenirs that included "Dekopon"(でこぽん) that is a well-known citrus fruit in this area.

Picture album is here.


Jo Tomooka said...

I think it is great that you still really make the effort to spend time together as a family. In Japan it is very hard to do this with all the school activities etc. I hope you can continue to do this every year for a long time to come!

bikenglish said...


Thank you for a comment. Yes, I will continue this as long as my son he can spend days with us.

ジョン said...

It looks like you had an excellent trip! I'm looking forward to traveling in Japan again too.

bikenglish said...



I hope you have a good trip in Japan after your busier days.