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 natur 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.
How to get in: Public Transport
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 station (熊本駅), Kumamoto Kotsu Center (熊本交通センター) Aso Kumamoto Airport (阿蘇熊本空港).
⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Sta.
⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Koutsu Center
⇨ Depart from Aso Kumamoto Airport
- Kumamoto – Aso Kumamoto Airport: 730 Yen / Person
- Kumamoto -Moenosato/Tawarayama Tozanguchi : 780 Yen / Person
- Kumamoto – Takamori: 1,030 Yen / Person
There are many power spots, shrines and temples that attract you. 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.
Takamori City Overview:
Takamori is one most beautiful village of Japan. It is known for many power spots, hot springs and hiking. It has many places that were named after mythologies and folklore’s with shrines and temples built in respect.
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 relasionships. So, don’t forget to touch it!
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.
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” 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.
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.
It runs 3 times is a day (round trip). The one way fare 790 Yen. More details for time-table Click..
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.
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 GANGA river in Varanashi/Haridwar, India.
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.
Don’t forget !
- Truck Train (ride a local train)
- Try Red-beef (Aka-ushi)
- Takamori Dengaku (local cuisine)
Rent a 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
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 for 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!