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Kyushu Travel Guide

Aso travel guide

 

One of the most popular tourist destination in Kyushu

 

The world’s largest caldera and the active volcano give a lot of excitements.

And numerous unforgettable experiences in the rural area can be mede including Onsen,

variety of sports and local cuisines.

 


 

 Exploring Aso  

 

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
 

 

Kusasenri-ga-hama 

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


 

Daikanbo 

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


 

 Aso shrine   Kurokawa Onsen  Nabegataki Waterfall

 

 Shirakawa fountain  Sensui-kyo  Issingyo big cherry tree

 

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.

 

 

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.


 

Kikuchi Valley

Enjoy short trekking in the Nature.

Kikuchi Valley is located in Aso Kuju National Park and underground water flows out of the

subsoil for 4km along the valley floor.  It is also called the Kikuchi water source and its water

was selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan


 

 Featured tours related to Aso  

 

3 days Kumamoto, Aso & Takachiho tour

Where to Explore  

Day 1 : Fukuoka-city  → Kumamoto → Aso  stay Kurokawa Onsen

Day 2 : Aso sightseeing →   stay Kurokawa Onsen

Day 3 : Takachho sightseeing  → Fukuoka-city


 

7 days Central Kyushu tour         

Where to Explore  

Amakusa → Kumamoto → Aso → Takachiho → Kuju → Kokonoe → Yufuin

Asakura → Akizuki → Ukiha → Fukuoka


 

8 days Northern Kyushu tour         

Where to Explore

Fukuoka → Saga → Nagasaki → Unzen → Shimabara → Kumamoto → Aso

Okubungo region → Yufuin → Beppu → Kitakyushu → Fukuoka

 


 

                 Location of Aso 

   

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address City hall : 504-1 Miyaji, Ichinomiya, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

140 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

Population 234,000   Population density 540

 

 Contact us   

 

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 Enquiry Form 

 

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Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

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.

 

The central cone group of Aso consists of five mountains: Mt.Naka, Mt.Neko, Mt.Taka, Mt. Eboshi,

and Mt.Kishima.  Last major eruption of Mt. Naka was in 1993.

 


 

Exploring Munt Aso

        To the Ropeway station

              Ropeway station

     To the Crater of Naka-dake


 

                  Around Crater 

                  Around Crater 

                  Shrine on top


 

 

         Look down the Crater

                      Crater

                      Crater


 

            West side of Crater

          Central area of Crater

             East side of Crater

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Aso-city, Aso-gun Takamoricho and Minami-Aso Village
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

80 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Aso Tourist Tram

 

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 on a pleasant 30 minute train ride.
 


 

 General information  

 

Address 1537-2 Oaza-Takamori,  Takamori-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-city

Access to

Takamori station

35 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

40 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

Operate day 

Saturday, Sunday, and National holidays

March 17 to April 8 
April 28 to May 6
July 21 to August 31 
Fare

One way JPY 790 ( between Takamori and Nakamatsu)

Round trip JPY 1,380


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kurokawa Onsen travel guide

 

Kurokawa Onsen is one of the most popular hot spring resort, located on the northern 

side of  Mt. 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.

 


 

  Yukata

    Bath

  Dinner

Wander about Onsen town  

                                 


 

Onsen Tegata

With an “Onsen Tegata”, a pass made of cedar, travelers can make the rounds of three

different open-air Onsen.

 


 

                 Location of Kurokawa

  

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Kurokawa, Minami-Oguni-cho, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

1 hour and 50 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kumamoto Station

1 hour and 20 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto Airport

2 hours by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport

2 hours by a vehicle from JR Hakata Station


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Daikanbo

 

The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso 

 

Daikanbo is a Mecca for tourists visiting 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.
Early in the morning, the clouds had spread out below us, and hung over the caldera as if they

were a large sea.

 

 Over view from Daikanbo

 At the top

 Observatory place 

View from the top View from the top View from the top

 ​​​

View from the top Aso Caldera map
Access to Daikanbo

 

Burning of the grassland Burning of the grassland  Burning of the grassland 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Yamada, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

25 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

80 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

90 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

130 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address : AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kumamoto, Aso & Takachiho tour

 

 Where to Explore   

 

Day 1 : Fukuoka-city  → Kumamoto → Aso  stay Kurokawa Onsen

Day 2 : Aso sightseeing →   stay Kurokawa Onsen

Day 3 : Takachho sightseeing  → Fukuoka-city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General condition

・Departure and disbandment place is in Fukuoka-city

・Chartered vehicle is used

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen

・Other recommended Onsen resorts to be stayed

     Uchinomaki Onsen, Oda Onsen, Shirakawa Onsen  

 


 

 Day 1  

 

Depart Fukuoka-city → transfer to Kumamato  ( 100 minutes)

Sight seeing Kumamoto : Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji-koen Park

transfer to Aso

Sightseeing Aso : Daikanbo

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen

 

Kumamoto Castle

The Castle is one of the three great castles and one of the 100 best places in Japan to

view cherry blossoms. Due to the Earthquakes in 2016, several of the castle’s shacihoko ornaments

were destroyed, and a large number of kawara tiles also fell from the roof. Now the restoration activities

are being performed as fast as possible. Now, the Kumamoto Castle can be seen from the outside of

the moats surrounding the castle.


 

Suizenji-koen Park

Imitated the beautiful scenery of Japan, is a refined circular garden of Momoyama period style and 

represents the 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road including Mt. Fuji.

The fresh springs in the garden release clean, cold water, which flows there from Mt. Aso via

underground currents.


 

Daikanbo 

A Mecca for tourists visiting 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.
Early in the morning, the clouds had spread out below us, and hung over the caldera as if they

were a large sea.

Over view from Daikanbo

 At the top
 Observatory place 

 

Kurokawa Onsen

One of the most popular hot spring resort, located on the northern side of  Mt. 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   

 

Depart Kurokawa Onsen

Nabegataki Waterfalls → Kusasenri-ga-hama → Mount Aso, Nakadake

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen

 

Nabegataki Waterfalls

The 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.

It is very unique waterfalls, you can actually climb behind the falls to see how the water has

carved out the rock over the year.


 

Kusasenri-ga-hama 

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
 

 


 

 Day 3  

 

Check out Kurokawa Onsen

transfer to Takachiho

Sightseening Takachiho : Takachiho Gorge, Takachiho Shrine, Amano Iwato Shrine

Back to Fukuoka-city

 

Takachiho Gorge

The 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. The light that filters through,

brings with it an air of calm, peaceful reverence.


 

Amano Iwato Shrine

Legends of Japanese mythology. In the story, Amaterasu, the Shito sun goddess, became so outraged

by her brother’s cruel pranks that she hid herself in a cave, refusing to come out and depriving the

world of her life-giving light. 

 


 

 How to make your customized tour  

 

1. Enquiry

 The tours we are offering are customized for private travel accordance with your preferences

 and date,  click the   Enquiry Form   to tell us what you are looking for.

 

2. Proposal

・Preliminary quotation which is guide line of the tour price as per the Enquiry.

・Basic suggested itinerary will be provided.

 

3. Clarifications

 All the tour conditions are to be clarified including the grade & type of accommodations,

 transportation, visiting placed, meals and other excursions, in order to meet your requirements

 and budget.

 

4. Final proposal

 The quotation and itinerary are provided based on the Clarification.

 

5. Make an agreement 

 The agreement for proceeding the customized tour is conducted.

 

6. Enjoy the customized journey 

  All the arrangement are made as per the agreement and operated the tour in

  accordance with the plan

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Takamori Dengaku-no sato / Featured restaurant in Aso

 

Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines  

 

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

 

Aso beef and local cuisines in Aso can be enjoyed.

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

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 2685-2 Oaza-Takamori,  Takamori-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-city
Access

35 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

40 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Open hours

10:00 to 20:30

Days closed No closing day

 

 Contact us  

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kusasenri-ga-hama

 

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.

Visitors can enjoy the various seasons from its vivid green summer to the fantastic silvery winter,

as well as riding horses and strolling around throughout the year.

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Nagakusa, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Shirakawa Fountain

 

Shirakawa suigen is the fountain to Shirakawa river that is one of the first class

rivers of Japan.

 

The quantity of water that spouts with the sand at the bottom of the pond is approximately

60 tons per minute.

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Oaza-shirakawa, Minami-Aso-village, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

5 minutes walk from Shirakawa Suigen Minami Aso Rail way station

40 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

50 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Aso Shrine

 

Aso Shrine is popular as a god protecting worshipers from trafficaccidents, and exorcism,

marriae, and learning.

Aso shrine one of the oldest and most prominent shrines in Japan, and was built in 281 before

accession of the 1st Emperor Jinmu.

 

The shrine is located in the center of the caldera of Mt. Aso and the caldera is known as
the largest in the world in which people are actually living.

 


 

Aso Shrine after the Earthquake


 

Hiburi-shinji Festival

 


 

 General information  

 

Address 3083-1 Miyaji, Ichinomiya-cho Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

5 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

1 hour by a vehicle from JR Kumamoto Station


 

 Contact us   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture