Top Choice Mountain in Aso-san Area


The Five Mountains of Aso are the smaller mountains within the outer rim: Eboshi-dake (1337m), Kijima-dake (1321m), Naka-dake (1506m), Neko-dake (1408m), furthest east, and the highest, Taka-dake (1592m).Naka-dake i…
Cable Car in Aso-san Area

Cable Car

If Naka-dake is behaving, this cable car whisks you up to the crater’s edge in just four minutes.
Museum in Aso-san Area

Aso Volcano Museum

This unique museum has a real-time video feed from inside the active crater, informative English-language brochures and audioguides (free) and a video presentation of Aso friends showing off.Opposite the museum, you…
Shinto Shrine in Aso-san Area


Dedicated to the 12 gods of the mountain, this shrine is about a 1.3km walk north of JR Miyaji Station, and is one of only three shrines in Japan with its original gate. The drinking water here is so delicious that …
National Park in Aso-san Area

Aso National Park

Aso National Park is a stunning mix of small towns, mountain peaks and grassy highlands.
Gorge in Aso-san Area

Sensui Gorge

Ask at tourist information offices about trail conditions before setting out for Sensui Gorge, which blooms with azaleas in mid-May; or between Taka-dake and Neko-dake and on to Miyaji, the next train station east o…
Viewpoint in Aso-san Area

Daikanbō Lookout

If you’re driving, Daikanbō Lookout is one of the best places to take in views, but it’s often crowded with tour buses.
Volcano in Aso-san Area

Naka-dake Crater

Naka-dake is the active volcano: very active in recent years, with fatal eruptions occurring in 1958 and 1979, and other significant eruptions in 1989, 1990 and 1993.If Naka-dake is behaving, a cable car whisks you …
Viewpoint in Aso-san Area

Shiroyama Tembōdai Lookout

The Shiroyama Tembōdai Lookout (Yamanami Hwy) is a nice alternative to the more-crowded Daikanbō Lookout.