Aso-san Area attractions

Top Choice Volcano in Aso-san Area

Naka-dake Crater

Naka-dake (1506m) is Aso's active volcano – very active in recent years, with fatal eruptions in 1958 and 1979, and other significant eruptions in 1989, 1990, 1993 and 2016. Access to the crater area may be closed w…
Mountain in Aso-san Area


The Five Mountains of Aso are the smaller mountains within the Aso-san caldera's outer rim: Eboshi-dake (1337m); Kijima-dake (1321m); Naka-dake (1506m); Neko-dake (1408m), furthest east; and the highest, Taka-dake (…
Shinto Shrine in Aso-san Area


This gorgeous hilltop shrine and 'power spot' was pretty much left alone until it became the model for the set of the popular 2011 anime film Hotarubi no Mori e. It's easy to see why directors chose it. You ascend t…
Shinto Shrine in Aso-san Area


Dedicated to the 12 gods of the mountain, this shrine, including its revered gate, suffered severe damage in the 2016 earthquakes; photos show the scale of the destruction. Some of the buildings are being gradually …
Museum in Aso-san Area

Aso Volcano Museum

This old-school museum has exhibits and dioramas about Aso, volcanos in general and the sometimes fraught relationship locals have with the volcano system. A free English-language audioguide describes the exhibits, …
Viewpoint in Aso-san Area

Daikanbō Lookout

High above the Aso-san caldera, Daikanbō is one of the best places to take in the views, even if it’s often crowded with tour buses. From the parking area, walk past the gift shop and follow the paved path a few hun…
Gorge in Aso-san Area

Sensui Gorge

In mid-May this gorge boasts a dramatic carpet of azalea blooms. Ask at tourist-information offices about trail conditions before setting out. Due to earthquake damage in 2016, this area was inaccessible at the time…
Viewpoint in Aso-san Area

Shiroyama Tembōjō Lookout

On the north side of the park, this lookout point is a nice alternative to the more crowded one at Daikanbō.