36 MINAMI-ASO

2015.2.12

The Floating Stone: Trekking the "Men-no-ishi" power spot

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"Men-no-ishi", located in the middle of the outer rim of Mt. Minami-Aso, is a huge stone that seems to float in the air sandwiched been the rock walls. Due to repeated erosion and collapse in the course of several volcanic eruptions, the sight of this one rock caught between stonewalls by chance is popular as a power spot. Take the Men-no-ishi trekking tour in Minami-Aso village and enjoy the beautiful nature of the area. While admiring the beautiful trees of the Minami outer rim, walk the mossy and rocky trackless road that takes you to the Men-no-ishi stone. (Japanese language guide only)
Operation: Any time from May (reservation required 3 days before the desired date).

Course & fee:
#1; Men-no-ishi round trip course (about 2 hours, about 1.5km) 2,000 yen (junior high school students and above)

#2; Men-no-ishi circuit course (about 4 hours, about 3km) 3,000 yen (junior high school students and above)

The above rates #1, #2 include guidance fee, insurance fee, and free bathing ticket.

Contact: Minami-Aso Tourism Association
TEL: +81-967-67-2222(in Japanese)

Trekking the "Men-no-ishi" power spot
http://www.taiken-kumamoto.jp/programs/detail/21

Kyukamura MINAMI-ASO
http://www.qkamura.or.jp/en/aso/

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宙に浮いた石 パワースポット「免の石」トレッキング

南阿蘇の外輪山の中腹にある「免の石(めんのいし)」。岩壁に挟まれて宙に浮いているように見える石は、幾度もの火山活動の過程で侵食や崩壊をくり返し、たまたま石の1つが岩壁の間に挟まった偶然の光景で、パワースポットとしても人気です。南阿蘇村では、免の石と南阿蘇の自然を楽しむトレッキングを実施しています。南外輪山の美しい木々を眺めながら、苔むした岩々の道なき道を行き、免の石を目指すコースです。(ガイドは日本語のみ)

実施日:5月以降随時(希望日の3日前までに要予約)
コース・料金:
①免の石往復コース(約2時間 約1.5km)2,000円(中学生以上)
②免の石周回コース(約4時間 約3km)3,000円(中学生以上)
上記料金①、②は案内料、保険料、無料入浴券を含みます。
問い合わせ:みなみあそ村観光協会 
TEL:0967-67-2222