Best way to travel Kumamoto-Takamori

Takamori - Most beautiful Village in Kyushu

Takamori (高森) is in caldera of Mt. Aso which is located in easternmost part of Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan. This place is known for the divine atmosphere, scenic view of nature and mountains, soar in the air. Thus, Takamori is one of most beautiful village in Japan.

If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Takamori for the same day tour. Then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Takamori from Kumamoto.



Yusui Tunnel

Japanese Meal

Takamori Dengaku

It’s fun if you ride a local train. It is a locomotive train 

How to get in: Public Transport

Takamori city image

There are various ways to visit Takamori 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 Takamori from Fukuoka, Miyazaki, Oita… but the best way is from Kumamoto. There is a Bus “Takamori-go” for Takamori via Kumamoto Sta. (熊本駅), Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT (熊本桜町バスターミナル) Aso Kumamoto Airport (阿蘇熊本空港).

Bus Route-Stops :

Takamori-go” Bus 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 @ Takamori

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto – Takamori: 1,030 Yen / Person

List of best Sightseeing Spots:

There are many power spots, shrines and temples that attract visitors. The mysterious feature is gaining popularity for a tourist spot not only in Japan but also from Overseas. So, you must visit when you get chance to come here.

Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine:

Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine is the most popular in Takamori for its extremely divine atmosphere. People feels very relax and peaceful at the top of the Shrine. It is said that the “Hogeto Iwa Stone” is a good luck charm and the “Nagi Tree” to protect the relationships. So, don’t forget to touch it!

Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine

There are approx. 300 stairs (approx. 250 stairs from the bottom to the Shrine and approx. 50 stairs from the Shrine to top). It is around 5-6 km from the Takamori Sta/Takamori Chuo. So, tourist can access by tax (around 10 min) or by electric bicycle by 20 min.

Way to Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine

Takamori Don No Sugi (A matching tree) :

This power spot is very famous and often comes on TV, magazines. It is said that a famous actress visited here, embraced this tree and soon after got married. Later “Takamori Don No Sugi” has been popular for desire tree or a matchmaking blessing tree.

Takamori Don No Sugi (A matching tree)

Takamori Don No Sugi” two impressively large cedar trees, with 10m circumference, over 400 years old history. It is around 2.6 km from Takamori Sta. Tourist can access by bicycle or taxi.

Takamori Don No Sugi (on the way)

Truck Train (Yusuge) :

Truck Train is a very beautiful locomotive train is running for the sightseeing purpose. The round way travel time is around 1 hour and currently running from Takamori Sta. to Nakamatsu Sta. The main attraction is to enjoy the scenic view of Aso mountain, feel the soar into the air.

Truck Train (Yusuge)
It runs 3 times is a day (round trip). The one-way fare 790 Yen. More details for time-table Click..

※The time-table may change so, please re-check the time-table in advance.

Truck Train Time-table

Takamori Yusui Tunnel Park:

The volume of water running around 32 tons every minute. Wow! Actually, a Railway company of Japan wanted to build a rail line here but, during drilling huge amount of water came out. Then the construction was banned and “Takamori Yusui Tunnel Park” has been created.

There is a fountain and beautiful park at the entrance gate. It is around 1 km far from the Takamori Sta. So, tourist can visit there by walk or bicycle. The entrance fee is 300 Yen/person.

Shirakawa Suigen:

Sirakawa Suigen is very popular for its pure water. The water is cool and the temperature is around 14℃-16℃.  This place is very peaceful, tourist can hear the river sounds. There are some cafeteria, soft-cream shops, crystal shops.

Yoshimi Shrine is inside of Shirakawa Suigen. It is said that people take the pure water in the bottles, pray at the shrine and bring back the water at home as a holy water. Just like Indian Holy River GANGA.

Takamori Touge Senbon Sakura (Cherry-tree):

This place is very famous for cherry tree (Sakura). The roads are curve and Sakura trees are on both side of the road which has magnificent view when Sakura blossom.  More than 6000 Sakura trees are blooming along the 4 km roadside.

Takamori Touge Senbon Sakura

General Information:

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

Rental Bicycle: 

If you are going for the same day tour, then rent an electric bicycle at the Takamori Sta. and have fun the incredible view. Way to Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine. The price starts from 600 Yen/4 hours.


Takamori 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). Takamori Dengaku is the most popular local cuisine. It is baked on charcoal so the taste is very delirious. Even various vegetables, tofu with miso paste also baked.

Takamori Dengaku


If you are in Japan, then you must visit Takamori “The most beautiful village of Japan”. Further, if you are going for the same day tour to Takamori, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do?

We would recommend you to rent an electric bicycle at the Takamori Sta. or rent a taxi at Takamori Chuo to do sightseeing of Takamori. Most popular places are Kamikishimi Kumanoimasu Shrine, Takamori Don No Sugi. Wish something you want most:) Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Takamori 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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