Day 4 Aso
8 days Northern & Central Kyushu tour
Aso gives a lot of unforgettable experiences. The active volcano Mount Aso and world’s
largest caldera offer a lot of excitements. And numerous unforgettable experiences in
the rural area can be made including Onsen, variety of sports and local cuisines.
Check out Hotel
Travel to Aso from JR Kumamoto station to Higo-ozu station by a Limited express train, 30 minutes
Private car is utilized from JR Higo-ozu for exploring Aso rejion
Lunch at Takamori Dengaku–no sato
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.
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.
The largest active volcano in Japan, and is among the largest in the world. 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 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.
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.