Mondaymarked the beginning of the last week of my sister’s family holiday in Oita. We booked a log house in Kuju ( http://homepage1.nifty.com/satouno/seiza/seiza.htm) for Monday night, complete with barbecue!! Unfortunately, the rain between Oita and Kuju was typhoone-esque!! After a difficult journey we settled down and waited for the rain to stop. Luckily it was dry by 5 o’clock and we had a nice long barbecue, before going out to look at the night sky. The sky was beautiful – the absence of light pollution meant millions of stars were visible above us!!
The next day we awoke to much better and sunnier weather. We set off for the Kokonoe Yume Ohashi bridge (http://www.yumeooturihashi.com/) I’d been wanting to go since it opened and I wasn’t disappointed. The views from the bridge were breathtaking. Afterwards we stopped off at Kyusuikei Onsen (http://kyusuikei.com/) and then had a nice relaxing drive through the gorge. A perfect 2 days away!!