Mount Aso(阿蘇山)

Best way to Travel Kumamoto-Mt. Aso (Mystery Active Volcano)

Mount Aso (阿蘇山) is an alive volcano which is located in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. This world most famous active volcano is among the largest in the world. The peak is 1,592 from the sea level and measuring 18 km east-west and 25 km north-south.

Mount Aso has full of mystery and has hot-springs, nature activities, Rope-way and more.. That’s the region it attracts not only Japanese but foreigner too! If you are in Japan and planning to visit Mount Aso. Then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Mount Aso.

How to get in: Public Transport

There are various way to go Mt. Aso but the best as well as nearest from Kumamoto and just 1 hour far from Kumamoto Airport as you can see in below map.

Aso go by bus

By Express Bus:

There are only Express buses bounds for Kumamoto Sta.- Aso Sta. It runs on every hourly in morning time. Take a local bus from Aso Sta. for Aso sightseeing. The total journey takes around 2 hours from Kumamoto Station in the lap of nature. More details about the bus stop Click

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⇒ Depart from Kumamoto Sta. 

Kumamoto Sta (3 paltform)

Kumamoto Sta (熊本駅)

⇒ Depart from Kumamoto Kotsu Center

⇒ Depart from Kumamoto Airport Center

Aso Kumamoto Airport (Platform #2)

Aso Kumamoto Airport

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto – Aso Sta. : 1,500 Yen / Person
  • Aso Kumamoto Airport – Aso Sta. : 1,000 Yen / Person

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Aso has full of nature sightseeing and activities such as; Aso volcanoes, hot-springs, Cycling, Horse riding, Rope-way, Trekking and more.. Here are the most popular things to do in Aso.

Aso Nakadake Crater:

Aso Nakadake Crater

Aso Nakadake Crater

Finally, you are about to feel the breath of the Earth. This is still fuming, thus it is the most popular and thundering peak among the other 5 peaks of Mt. Aso. The other 4 peaks in the caldera are Eboshidake, Kijimadake, Nekodake,  Takadeka.

This unique shape was formed by Aso Volcano and regular volcanic activities almost 270,000 years ago. It is very difficult to visit all crater in one day. So, there are 5 tour courses, tourist can choose any of them as they like most.

Aso Geo-tourism Course map:- More details Click..

Mt. Aso Ropeway:

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Enjoy the thrilling and sightseeing of Mt. Aso Nakadake Caldera. Due to weather problem, the Rope-way suspends so its better to check in advance. It depart from the roof of that building. To know about routes, fare, Rope-way updates, facilities, contact info Click.

Now, let me brief about the building which has 3 floor and a roof for “Rope-way riding”.

1st Floor:

1st floor is for arrival and departure for many buses as you can seen in picture. There are several bus line such as bus for Mt. Aso Station; Shuttle bus for Crater (kazanguchi: 火山口). Also has some souvenir shops.

2nd Floor:

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It has restaurant. Aso known for “red beef (赤牛)”. It serve delicious Japanese food such as Ramen, Udon, Beef, Pork etc.. must try the test, if you have some time.

 3rd Floor:
Aso Super-Ring (Dolby-digital video projection)

Aso Super-Ring (Dolby-digital video projection)

It has Aso Super-Ring, a Dolby digital video projection mapping of 15 min. that take you on a journey through the time and space. While watching the video, you can image the seasonal beauty of Aso as well as thrilling experience when Aso was in action. So don’t miss it! More details Click..

Aso Super Ring is suspended due to renovation.

Kusasenri & Aso Volcano Museum:

Horse riding @ Kusasenari

Horse riding @ Kusasenri

Experience the magnificent nature with horse riding.  Also, there is a Aso Volcano Museum to watch the visual effects and trace the history and geographic conditions of Mount Aso.

Uchinomaki Hot-spring:

Uchimomaki Hot-spring

Uchimomaki Hot-spring

It is known for the city of hot-spring. There are around 80 hot-springs and the price starts from 300~ Yen. The local people love to go there to enjoy a hot-spring and lunch with their hubbies.

Cycling in Aso:

Asp: Cycling under roof of heaven

Aso : Cycling under roof of heaven

Aso is know cycling activity. There are not only Japanese but also many foreigners come here around the world. There are many best recommended route for cycling. To know more about “Cycle Route Guide” Click.

Aso is know cycling activity. There are not only Japanese but also many foreigners come here around the world. There are many best recommended route for cycling. To know more about “Cycle Route Guide” Click.

Don’t forget:

Caution information:

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For Asthma or Heart patient; kindly read the guideline before going to Mt. Aso. More details about volcanic gas Click.

Eat:

Remen Restaurant in Uchimomaki (内牧)

Remen Restaurant in Uchimomaki (内牧)

Aso is blessed with its natural ground water resource which makes the food very delicious. The most popular foods are Aka-ushi赤牛 (Red-beef) Bashashi馬刺 (Horse meat). Tourists can try it with either rice or ramen. Also, Also cow milk is very famous in Japan and very delicious.

Summery:

If you are in Japan other then Kumamoto and wanna to Visit Mt. Aso then come to Aso Kumamoto Airport by Flight then take a Bus because it is the nearest way to go Mt. Aso.

Take rental car/bike/cycle to enjoy Mt. Aso. Those who love cycling, rent a cycle from Aso Station and go to Mt. Aso. Hope it will help you in traveling to Aso and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!

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