Our next destination was Yufuin and Beppu, another popular hot spring area, and quite famous throughout all of Japan. On the way, we stopped at Takachiho Gorge. Apparently this gorge was created by an explosion of Mount Aso. It certainly looks as though something violent caused the formation of this gorge! The rock formations were really varied and incredible. Again, we were reminded of "God's playground".
After Takachiho Gorge, we drove the long and windy route to Yufuin. Along the way (while I was sleeping), Jeff saw a sign for another waterfall and simply couldn't resist. I grumbled *quite* a bit at being wakened, but even grumpy Kathy later had to admit that the stop was well worth it.
The falls were called "Shiramizu Taki". Shiro means white, and mizu means water. Bet you can guess what taki means! After all the travelling we've done in this country, we've realized that there are a heck of a lot of "white water falls" in this country. You'd think they could at least be a bit more creative with their names!