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Kyushu Travel Guide

Aso & Takachiho 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 to 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 Conditions

 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka–city, please specify the place where you want
・Tour date : please specify the date

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

   (1) less than 8 person

     a chartered taxi is used with English speaking driver

     English speaking driver assist the tour as tour guide and tour attendant

   (2) more than 9 person

  a chartered bus is used with Japanese speaking driver

  English speaking guide who also works as a tour attendant is accompanied

    for assist the tour in the case of using a chartered bus

・Accommodations is selected as per your required grade, room conditions and budget

    and the location is considered sightseeing, dinner and nightlife as well.

 

 

Day 1  Aso, stay Kurokawa Onsen

 

Itinerary

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

 


 

Where to explore

 

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.

 

 

 Minami Aso Rail Way

 Takamori station

 

 Tourist tram, start a 30minutes

  journey

 

 

  Enjoy the magnificent scenery

  of Aso


 

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.

 

 

 Japanese traditional house built

 200 years ago

 

Japanesetraditional style

fire place

 

 Delicious local speciality

 Aso beef


 

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.

 

 

 Dynamic active volcano

 Mt. Aso can be seen

 

The beautiful prairie spreads

in the crater

 

 Enjoy horse riding


 

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.

 

 

  Mt. Aso, around the Crater 

 

   Look down the Crater

 

   Nakadake Crater


 

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.

 

 

  The hidden tourist spot

  in Aso region

 

 View from outside of the

 Waterfalls

 

 View from behind the

 Waterfalls


 

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.

 

 

Japanese style accomodations

Ryokan along the river

 

 Roten-buro or out side open

 air bath

 

 Japanese tradditiona meal

 used local ingredients


 

Day 2  Takachiho

 

Itinerary

Leave  Kurokawa Onsen

Exploring Daikanbo

Transfer to Takachiho

Exploring Takachiho

 Takachiho Gorge     → Takachiho shrine→ AmanoIwato shrine

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to explore

 

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.

 

 

 Over view from Daikanbo

 
  At the top
 
  Observatory place 

 

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.

 

 

The narrow chasm cut through

the rock, boat riding experience

 

Exploring Takachiho Gorge

using the walk-way

 

Souvenir shops and 

Restaurants


 

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.

 

 

Entrance of Shrine, Torii gate

 

 The sacred tree, 800 years old

 

Shrine main building


 

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.

 

 

 

 The God shows the story of

 Shinto origin

 

 Amano Iwato Shrine, there is the

 Cave behind the shrine

 

 Amano Yasugawara, Gods &

 Goddesses had a discussion


 

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 

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call in English.   +81-93-521-8897

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.    

Tailor-made tour     Study tour     Golf tour

 


 

 

Tomioka Castle Ruins

 

Tomioka Castle was built in 1602, one year after Terasawa Shimanokami hirotaka came to

Amakusa. Although Amakusa ruled by proxy for Terasawa from Tomioka Castle, he revelled

with his army in the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637. After the rebellion, Yamasaki Kainokami

Ieharu ruled from the castle, and which was restored and enlarged to its present form. 

 


 

 Location of Amakusa

 

  

 


 

General information  

Address 2245-15 Tomioka-aza-honmaru, Reihoku-cho, Amakusa-gun, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

by Car

2 hours 40 minutes from Kumamoto-city

30 minutes from Amakusa Airport

Open hours 9:00 to 17:00
Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days

 

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 

 


 

Sakitsu Village

 

Registered on UNESCE World Heritage as Hidden Christian site Hidden Christian Sites

in the Nagasaki Region

 

A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest

Augustin Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a

wooden and concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction.

He placed the altar at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to

Christianity had been conducted.

 


 

 Location of Amakusa

 

  

 


 

General information  

Address 539 SAkitsu Kawazu-cho, Amakusa-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

by Car

2 hours 40 minutes from Kumamoto-city

45 minutes from Amakusa Airport

Church

Open hours

 

9:00 to 17:00

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days

 

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 

 


 

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


 

 Location of Aso 

 

   

 


 

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 

 


 

Amakusa / UNESCO Hidden Christian sites 2 days tour

 

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

has been registered on  UNESCO World Heritage in 2018, Japanese Christianity has a long

history of continuing faith while coexisting with Japanese traditional religion Shinto and General

society.

 

Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued even during the ban on Christianity.

Hidden Christian Site in NagasakiShimabara and Amakusa Regions bear unique testimony

to the tradition of people and their communities who secretly transmitted their faith in

Christianity while surviving in the midst of the conventional society and its religions during

the time of prohibition.

 

Amakusa is the birthplace of Amakusa Shiro who was the leader of Shimabara Rebellion occurred

in Shimabara in 1637.

And there are two World Heritage sites in AmakusaOe Cathedral and Sakitsu Village.

 

The tour introduces how Christians have been continued their faith since Christianity was

propagated to Japan, by visiting Hidden Christian sites in Amakusa in Kumamoto-prefecture.

 


 

 Location of Amakusa

 

  

 

 


 

Tour conditions

 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Accommodations is selected as per your required grade, room conditions and budget

    and the location is considered sightseeing, dinner and nightlife as well.

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

 


 

Day 1  

 

Itinerary

 

8:00 Depart   Fukuoka-city

Transfer to  Amakusa via Kumamoto ( 3 hours )

Travel Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Visit Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites : Oe Cathedral , Sakitsu Village

Stay at Amakusa

 


 

Where to explore

 

Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa five bridges, is a general term for five bridges which connects 

from Misumi at the Udo peninsula to the Oyano island, the Nagaura island, Ikejima, Maejima,

and Amakusa Kamishima, was built in 1966. The area on the National road route 266 called

as the Pearl Line.

 

First Bridge

 

  

Second Bridge

 

        

Fourth Bridge 

 


 

Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

The theme Museum shows History of Christianity in Amakusa and Shimabara Rebellion in

Harajo Castle Ruins which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians

under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.

 


 

Oe Cathedral 

The oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one of the first churches built right after the

ban on Christianity was lifted. The and Romanesque-style architecture and the chalky white

structure was rebuilt in 1933 by a French missionary priest named Father Garnier using his

own money and contributions from local Christians living in the area.

 


 

Sakitsu Village  / UNESCO World Heritage

A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest

Augustin Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a

wooden and concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction.

He placed the altar at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to

Christianity had been conducted.

 


 

Day 2  

 

Itinerary

 

Leave Hotel in Amakusa

Exploring Amakusa

 Tomioka Castle Ruins , Matushima area

Amakusa Cruise

Transfer to  Fukuoka-city

17:00 Arrive at Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to explore

 

Tomioka Castle Ruins

Tomioka Castle was built in 1602, one year after Terasawa Shimanokami hirotaka came to

Amakusa. Although Amakusa ruled by proxy for Terasawa from Tomioka Castle, he revelled

with his army in the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637. After the rebellion, Yamasaki Kainokami

Ieharu ruled from the castle, and which was restored and enlarged to its present form. 

 


 

Amakusa cruise

Connecting the islands of Amakusa with the inland of Kumamoto via the Uto Peninsula are

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa Five Bridge. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Amakusa

from the sea on a cruise.

 


 

Exploring featured sites

 

Sengan moutain Observatory

 

Ariage Octopus Street

 

Oppai Stone or breast stone

 


 

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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call in English.  +81-93-521-8897

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.        

Tailor-made tour     Study tour     Golf tour

 


 

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 
 

 

 Location of Aso 

 

   

 


 

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 

 


 

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 s

ilvery winter, as well as riding horses and strolling around throughout the year.

 


 

 Location of Aso

 

   

 


 

 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 

 


 

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.
 


 

 Location of Aso 

 

   

 


 

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

 

The most popular hot spring resort in Aso region

 

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.

 

  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 Onsen

 

  

 


 

 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

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,

please ring our office a call in English    Tel : +81-93-521-8897

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.       

Tailor-made tour     Study tour     Golf tour

 


 

Kumamoto Castle

 

One of the three great castles along with Nagoya Castle and Osaka Castle 

and one of the 100 best places in Japan to view cherry blossoms.

 

The current castle was built in 1601 by Kiyomasa Kato, a great commander and took 

7 years to complete. The 980,000-square-meter premises are dotted with many 

memorable view such as donjons, turrets, turret gates, castle gates and long fences.

 

This castle is particularly famous for its beautiful curving stonewall called “Musha-gaeshi, 

which were built to defend against invading armies. The stone walls have been designated

a National Historic Site and 12 buildings in addition to the Uto-yagura turret have been

designated National Treasure.

 

 

Kumamoto Castle after the Earthquakes, the photos were taken on May 18, 2019.

Suddenly, without any prediction, the series of Earthquakes including magnitude 7.0 main

shock which struck in April 2016 beneath Kumamoto-city.  Then severe damages occurred

Kumamoto prefecture including Kumamoto Castle.

 

Kumamoto Castle sustained damage to its roof and exterior buildings and walls because 

of the earthquakes and associated aftershocks.  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.

We will welcome you to our place Kumamoto Castle. 

 


 

 Location of Kumamoto

 

     

 


 

General information  

Address 1-1 Honmaru Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

5 minutes walk from Hanabatake tram station

Castle compound Inside of moat is closed

 

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