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What to Do on a Rainy Day in Aso!

Are clouds threatening to rain on your visit to Aso? While much of the enjoyment of Aso is found outdoors, there’s still plenty to do indoors or with an umbrella outside! Let’s take a look at some of the activities available for those days when the weather forecast is calling for rain.

 

Bouldering

My friend, her kids, and I visited the bouldering wall at Clamp in the northern part of the Aso valley. In addition to bouldering, Clamp also offers bicycle rentals for days when the weather permits outdoor activities. For the uninitiated, “bouldering” is like rock climbing but at lower heights so you don’t need a harness.

Caption: So many holds to choose from…

 

Climbing routes are designated by colored tape and difficulty ranges all the way from first-timer kids (with holds closer together for those with shorter reach) to pro-level routes. Each route is designed like a puzzle that needs to be visualized before climbing so you know where to put your hands and feet at each step.

Caption: Attempting (and shortly thereafter failing) one of the harder beginner-level routes

 

Admission includes shoe rentals (they even had my size! 29.5!), chalk, and basic instruction. Check here for more info: Climbing/Bouldering

 

Aso Volcano Museum Tours

Rain or shine, the Aso Volcano Museum makes a good first stop for any visitor to Aso. Although the exhibits are a bit dated, there is enough information on how Aso was formed to appreciate all the geological activity that created Aso.

Caption: There’s even this huge moving diorama that shows how volcanic activity created the Aso caldera

One of the best parts of the museum is the live camera feed showing the inside of the volcanic crater—an area currently off-limits to visitors due to continuing volcanic activity. Guided tours of the museum are also available, although they require at least a week’s notice when making reservations. For more info on the Aso Volcano Museum, go here Museum Tour

 

Workshops

Mr. Kusune’s pottery workshop, located deep in the woods of northern Aso, is the perfect way to spend a drizzly morning or afternoon. Check here for more info: Pottery Experience while embraced by the Nature of Aso! Let’s create the one and only work in the world!

 

If you’ve got a morning free, this rice cooking course at Gonbe Mura teaches you the traditional way of cooking rice and then you get to enjoy what you cooked afterwards! Check out here for more details: Let’s taste the really delicious rice! Pesticide-free Rice Cooking using Cooking Stove & Rice Ball Making Experience

Zootopia is a handmade wood toy shop in Oguni (north of the Aso caldera) that offers wooden cutout toy workshops. Pick a design you like, cut it out using a band saw, and you’re done! Visit here for more info: Kumiki Toy Making Experience

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