Kuju in February

Mountain scenes with a late winter palette

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

Visit Aso-Kuju National Park in central Kyushu once-anytime of year-and you've seen great beauty. But if you make the time to return again and again over a full year, you begin to know the character of this diverse region.

The Kuju mountains in the north side of the park combine with plateaus to offer scenic landscapes linked by the Yamanami Highway (Rt. 11). The namesake, Mt. Kuju, reaches 1787m (5,863 ft.) and is just shorter than Mt. Naka, the tallest peak on the Kyushu mainland at 1791m (5,876 ft.).

These images offer a glimpse of the area in late winter.

Name in Japanese
阿蘇くじゅう国立公園—aso kujū kokuritsu kōen—Aso-Kujū National Park

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature all around the world. I've traveled throughout Japan and visited some 40 countries on 5 continents and hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!

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