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Aso & Takachiho / Dynamic nature 2 days tour


The dynamic nature of Aso including Takachiho area is located in the center of Kyushu

and is spreading around Mount Aso.

Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan, and is among the largest in the world.

Mount Aso has a fairly large caldera which is one of the largest caldera in the world, 25 km

north-south and 18 km east-west with a circumference of around 120 km, although sources

vary on the exact distance.


The present Aso caldera formed as a result of four huge caldera eruptions occurring over

a range of 90,000–300,000 years ago.


The tour introduces the large scale of the Dynamic Nature which cannot be seen in no

other area in Japan.



Tour condition

・Start and end place of the tour : Fukuoka-city

・Places to be visited : Aso  and  Takachiho

・Duration : 2 days

・Stay : Kurokawa Onsen

・Transportation : Chartered vehicle



 Day 1  

Depart  Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Aso 

Exploring Aso

 Tourist Tram : Minami Aso Rail Way  → Lunch at Takamori Dengaku-no sato 

 Kusasenri-ga-hama   → Mount Aso   → Nabegataki Waterfall

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen


 Day 2  

Leave  Kurokawa Onsen

Exploring Daikanbo

Transfer to Takachiho

Exploring Takachiho

  Takachiho Gorge     → Takachiho shrine → Amano Iwato shrine

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at Fukuoka-city


 Where to Explore

 Day 1  


Tourist Tram  Minami Aso Rail Way

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Aso

The Minami Aso railway is a private railroad offering a very scenic ride from Takamori to

Nakamatsu in the south east of the caldera.

Lovely and magnificent scenery can be enjoyed.




Lunch at featured restaurant / Takamori Dengaku-no sato 

Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines  

The restaurant uses the old private house with thatched roof built more than 200 years ago.

Bake the meat and local ingredients with charcoal at a Japanese traditional style fire place.




The beautiful prairie of 785,000 square meter in the crater

Spreads in northern part of Mt. Eboshi that is one of the Aso Five Mountains.

A big pond at its center and grazing horses round about make an idyllic scene



Mount Aso

The largest active volcano in Japan

Its peak is 1592 m above sea level. Its caldera is 25 km across north to south and 18 km 

across east to west. The caldera has a circumference of around 120 km, although sources

vary on the exact distance.

 Japan’s largest active volcano


 Look down the Crater  Around the Crater


Nabegataki Waterfall

Nabegataki Waterfall is a hidden tourist spot in Kumamoto prefecture, located just outside

Oguni town in Aso region.

One of the area’s more well-known waterfalls. Looking like a mini-Niagara.



Kurokawa Onsen

Located on the northern side of  Mount Aso 

Widely known for its open-air baths, it is one of the best places to enjoy the atmosphere of

old town in Japan, where more than 20 Inns (Ryokan)and gift shops standing in a row

along the Tanoharu River, a headstream of the Chikugo River.



 Day 2  



The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso 

Daikanbo literally means a big observatory peak.

The circumference of the Aso caldera is about 130 kilometers. From the observation site,

you can clearly see its conical shape.



Takachiho Gorge 

A narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River.  The nearly sheer cliffs lining the

gorge are made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns which resemble the scales of a dragon

where the stone twisted and flowed as it formed.




Takachiho shrine   

Located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove of tall cedars. During the day the shrine’s

nondescript, unpainted buildings blend in naturally with the surrounding trees. In the evening,

you can enjoy the Yokagura Dance.



Amano Iwato shrine

About ten kilometers outside of central Takachiho the Shrine was built near the cave where

Amaterasu is said to have hid herself away.  The cave cannot be approached, however,

there is an observation deck behind the shrine’s main building.



 Featured tours  


Kumamoto-prefecture & Miyazaki-prefecture tours

・ Kumamoto, Aso and Takachiho 3 days tour

Aso and Takachiho / Dynamic Nature 2 days tour    

・ Takachiho one-day tour

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

Kyushu Round tours

・ 11 days Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour

・ 8 days Southern Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-West Kyushu tour

・ 7 days Central Kyushu tour

・ 6 days North-Eest Kyushu tour



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