Best way to Travel Kumamoto – Mount Aso

Mount Aso - City of Volcano

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


Mount Aso is full of mystery and has hot-springs, nature activities, Rope-way and more. That’s the reason it attracts not only Japanese but foreigners 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.




Japanese Meal

Red Wagyu Beef





How to get in: Public Transport

Kumamoto Aso Route

There are various ways to visit Aso from Kyushu but the best as well as nearest is from Kumamoto as you can see in map.

Bus: Time-table

There are various way to go to Aso from Fukuoka,  Oita… but the best way is from Kumamoto. There are  “Yamabiko-go”, “Kyushu Odan Bus” and “Aso-go” for Aso Station. Take a local bus from Aso Sta. for Aso Crater/Kusasenri sightseeing. The total journey takes around 2 hours from Kumamoto Sta. and 1 hour from Aso Kumamoto Aorport in the lap of nature.


Bus Route-Stops :

“Yamabiko-go”, “Kyushu Odan Bus” and “Aso-go” Buses depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT and Kumamoto Airport.

  • Depart from Kumamoto Sta. 
  • Depart from Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT 
  • Depart from Aso Kumamoto Airport
  • Arrive @ Aso Sta.

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto – Aso Sta : 1,530 Yen / Person
  • Aso Kumamoto Airport – Aso Sta : 1,220 Yen / Person

List of best Sightseeing Spots:

Mount Aso is the most famous active volcano in Japan. It is also known as nature sightseeing, hot-springs, Cycling, Horse riding, Trekking and more. Here are the most popular things to do in Aso.

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 5 peaks of Mt. Aso. The other 4 peaks in the caldera are Eboshidake, Kijimadake, Nekodake and Takadeka.


This unique shape was formed by Aso Volcano and regular volcanic activities for 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 which they like the mostt.

Aso Nakadake Crater

Kusasenri & Aso Volcano Museum:

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

Adventuring / Cycling in Aso:

Aso is known for many outdoor activities such as cycling, paragliding, hot-air-balloon and more. So, not only Japanese but many foreigners also come here across the world for outdoor activities. There are many routes for cycling but for the best route for cycling. To know more about “Cycle Route Guide”.

Aso Activities

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

Daikanbo Peak:

Enjoy the scenic view of the 5 peak of the Aso & Mt. Kuju. It is in north east of Uchinomaki Hot-spring. Tourist can also enjoy the paragliding from Daikanbo. Access from Aso Sta. by local bus or taxi (20 min approx.)

Uchinomaki Hot-spring:

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

General Information:

There is some other important information that will help you when you visit for the first time to Mount Aso.

Caution information: 

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

Aso Caution


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) and Bashashi馬刺 (Horse meat). Tourists can try it with either rice or ramen. Also, cow milk is very famous in Japan and it’s very delicious.

Aso Red Beef


Mount Aso is really full of thunders and mysteries. 1 day is not enough to understand this place. Tourists are recommended to stay there at least 1 night. Although, those have only view visiting hours, we recommend you to must visit Nakadake Crater and walk around Kusasenri.

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

Link & Resources:

Kyushu Bus Booking

Online booking site of express/highway/night buses

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