With the sulphuric gases canceling a cable car ride to the main crater at Mount Aso, I did some walking around the mountain at a lower level. Even at this elevation, the haze from the gases enshrouded the area as if it were a foggy day. Dispersed along various ridges were clusters of Buddhist sculptures and markers.
A stream from further up the mountain spilled into a series of small greenish pools. Despite the miniature size of the cascades, the sound of the falling water was quite relaxing. Several Japanese families enjoyed a picnic along the rocks. A few even enjoyed a quick dip in the waist-high waters.