It's like a summer day. I drove north from the foot of Mount Aso, which is currently erupting, and arrived at Shirakawa Onsen (White River Hot Springs) adjacent to Kurokawa Onsen (Black River Hot Springs). Then checked into Sansou Takefue, a bamboo-themed hot spring inn. This inn is located deep in the mountains and has a feel of a hidden village which appears in Japanese old folktales. Chilled ramunes (Japanese traditional bottled soda beverage) are on the house.