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Self-guided Aso & Takachiho 3 days tour



The dynamic nature of Aso and Takachiho where is spreading around Mount Aso.

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

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.

You will discover the large scale of the Dynamic nature which cannot be seen in no other

area in Japan.


At a glance

・The journey to explore by yourself independently without a escorted Tour leader or Tour guide

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

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Minimum number : 2 person 

Accommodation, to be selected from budget hotels to luxury properties

JR Kyushu Rail Pass

Chartered taxi in the areas where Local transportation are not convenient



Day by Day


Day 1  



Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Nagasaki by JR Bullet train from Hakata to Kumamoto

   38 minutes by Sakura or 28 minutes by Mizuho

Transfer to Aso by Limited express train from Kumamoto to Aso, 1 hour and 20 minutes

Exploring north Aso region including the following site by the use of a chartered taxi


  Nabegataki Waterfall

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen


Where to explore



The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount AsoDaikanbo 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.



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.



Kurokawa Onsen

The most popular Onsen 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, 

more than 20 Japanese style accommodations and gift shops standing in a row along the river.




Day 2



Check-out hotel at Kurokawa Onsen

Exploring Aso region including the following by the use of a chartered taxi


  Mount Aso

Lunch at Takamori  Dengaku-no sato 

Exploring Aso by Tourist Tram / Minami Aso Rail Way  

Stay at Minami-Aso


Where to explore



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. The site can be visited as per the volcano condition.



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.




Day 3



Check-out hotel at Minami-Aso

Exploring Takachiho including the following sites by the use of a chartered taxi

   Takachiho shrine

lunch at Takachiho, Somen nagashi

  Takachiho Gorge

  Takachiho Gorge boat riding

Transfer to JR Kumamoto station by a chartered taxi

Transfer to Fukuoka by Bullet train from JR Kumamoto to Hataka station, 

  38 minutes by Sakura or 28 minutes by Mizuho


Where to explore


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.



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 Gorge boat riding

The most recommended activity at Takachiho Gorge is riding the river that flows down the

base of the gorge on a rental boat. The spot you can see waterfalls and the columnar shaped

valley together is rare in the world. Please enjoy this amazing view from the boat.



Somen nagashi

Somen is a kind of noodle which is made by wheat and is usually eaten by dipping style.
Somen nagashi is the way of eating Somen with waterslide traditionally made by bamboo

like as video below. Nagashi means flowing.



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.




How to book

If you would like to book this Tailor-made tour, all you need to do is make an enquiry 

using our Enquiry Form or e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

You can also give us a call at +81-93-521-8897

All of our Tailor-made tours are completely flexible, so if you like what you see here but would

like to make a few changes – where it’s to add in destinations, request special experiences,

upgrade accommodation or plan extra nights – please don’t hesitate to get in touch and our

expert consultants will help you tailor a trip to suit you.



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