Silver pampas grass with views of the Kuju Mountain Range (Photo: Mandy Bartok)

Autumn in the Mt Aso Highlands

Silver grass carpets central Kumamoto

Mandy Bartok   - 1 min read

As the air cools and the humid haze lifts from the peaks of Mt Aso, Kumamoto prefecture's active volcano, there is no better time to enjoy a drive along the rim of the world's largest caldera. September sees the arrival of silver pampas grass, or susuki, which blankets the rolling highlands. Hayrolls dot the ranchers' fields and purple and pink cosmos blossom bring the last spot of summer color to the area. Even though Mt Aso has been quite active recently, you can still witness the wonder of this geological feature from the safety of the Milk Road, which follows the edge of the old caldera's northern edge.

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Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

Japan resident for 10 years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo.