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This mountain village, southeast of the mighty Mount Aso, is known for Japanese legends and its beautiful ravines.
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Former residence of high-ranking samurai, Hosokawa Gyôbu-tei, in the Kumamoto Castle park, lets us relive the lives of aristocrats in the Edo period.
The village of Takamori is on Kyushu island. It's at the foot of Mount Aso, an active volcano in Kumamoto prefecture, located southwest of the huge caldera.
At the heart of Kyushu, the volcanic massif offers snowy peaks, spas, wild landscapes and ancient traditions.
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