Welcome to Aso-san Area


Aso-san is still active, and the summit is frequently off-limits due to toxic gas emissions or wind conditions. In October 2016 the volcano had a major eruption, resulting in severe damage to surrounding areas. Be sure to check the latest access information with the tourist centre or at www.aso.ne.jp/~volcano/eng for updates before planning a trip.


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$1766.20 Outdoor Activities

Aso, Kumamoto: 3 Day Volcano Trek & Cultural Tour

Day 1: Kumamoto & Aso - Samurai Road Walk & Hot Spring Tour (Lunch & Dinner Included)Participants of this tour will meet at 10:00 at Kumamoto Station. From there we visit Kumamoto Castle before enjoying local-style ramen. We will then head for Aso City, located 90 minutes away, by private coach.En-route to Aso city we will walk the Futae no Touge Pass, an elevated mountain pass 683 meters (2240.81 feet) high. Futae no Touge Pass is a portion of the Bungo Circuit, a historic trail used by the feudal lords of the Kumamoto Domain to travel to Tokyo, in a practice known as sankin-kotai. Relive history and walk in the footsteps of samurai as you trek the 1.6 kilometer (1 mile) long stone paved “Ishi-datami no Michi”, the longest of its kind in Japan.Afterwards, we will head to Suzume no Yu, where one can take a dip in Suzume no Yu baths, a famous hot spring with five different baths to enjoy.Day 2: Aso - Volcano Trek & Cultural Tour (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)We leave the hotel and depart for Aso Shrine. Along the way, we will stop at the former girls school, which was built in the early 20th century. The charm of this old building is accented by the sounds of bubbling water on the premises, due to the large presence of spring water in the area. Lining the sando (the procession to Aso Shrine) are plenty of unique shops that offer an impressive variety of souvenirs and delicious Japanese foods.Afterwards, we will make our way to Kokuzo Shrine, marked by its impressive goshinboku, Teno Osugi, a divine tree in which kami (spirits and deities) reside. We will also visit the 6th century tombs of Kami-Mikura and Shimo-Mikura.Lunch will be at a local eatery, and is followed by an afternoon trek to Mount Nakadake, one of Mount Aso’s Five Peaks.Day 3: Culture & Local Produce Tour (Breakfast & Lunch Included)We will start the day from Nishinomiya Shrine before heading to Minamiaso Village and Yasaka Shrine. Note how the stone staircase of Yasaka Shrine and its torii, or gateway, are joined by the Megane Bridge, a famous arched stone bridge. From Yasaka Shrine we will venture in the direction of Nishinomiya Shrine for a 90 minute walk. Among the kami worshiped at Nishinomiya Shrine are the daimyojin, the “great shining deities” of Aso, Kosa and Takaki.Lunch will be at a soba restaurant in Minamiaso Village, followed by a tour of nearby Takamori. We will visit Hizenya, a craft shop famous for producing Marukichi Soy Sauce and Miso. Then to a sampling tour at Reizan, an iconic sake (rice wine) maker of Kumamoto.The tour will end back at Kumamoto Station at around 6pm.

$1766.20 Outdoor Activities

Aso, Kumamoto: 3 Day Nature Trek & Hot Spring Tour

Day 1: Culture & Local Produce Tour (Lunch & Dinner Included)After meeting at Kumamoto Station at 8am, we will head to Nishinomiya Shrine by microbus, before heading to Minamiaso Village. From Nishinomiya Shrine we will venture in the direction of Yasaka Shrine for a 90 minute walk. Among the kami worshiped at Nishinomiya Shrine are the daimyojin, the “great shining deities” of Aso, Kosa and Takaki. Lunch will be at a soba restaurant in Minamiaso Village, followed by a tour of nearby Takamori. We will visit Hizenya, a craft shop famous for producing Marukichi Soy Sauce and Miso. Then to a sampling tour at Reizan, an iconic sake (rice wine) maker of Kumamoto.Day 2: Nature Hike Tour (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)We will depart for Ubuyama, a village located in the northeast portion of the Aso caldera. Our first stop is Higotai Park, famed for its collection of flowers, especially its higotai that bloom in summer. From Higotai Park we will walk to Ogi Tanada, a picturesque rice terrace highly esteemed in Japan. After lunch, we will continue to explore Ubuyama’s natural attractions such as the Ikeyama Fountainhead. The Ikeyama Fountainhead has been chosen as one of the 100 exquisite and well-maintained waters in Japan. From Ikeyama Fountainhead we will walk to Ikeyama Farm, home of aka ushi, a breed of small wagyu beef cattle known for its red coloring, tenderness and lack of excess fat. Afterwards, enjoy a performance of kagura at Namino Kaguragaen. Kagura is the oldest performance art of Japan. It vibrantly depict tales of Japanese mythology. You may also explore the kagura-den, the building within a Shinto shrine where kagura is performed for kami (deities) during ceremonies.Day 3: Kumamoto Hot Springs & Cooking Tour (Breakfast & Lunch Included)Today, you will be able to experience the relaxing Japanese custom of bathing in an onsen, or hot spring. First, we will head to Tsuetate Onsen town, located in the mountains that straddle Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures. Steam dances between the Japanese inns and shops. Afterwards, we will head to Waita Onsen village. With its collection of 6 hot springs located at the base of the 1,500 meter tall Mount Waita, it overlooks Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures. Here, you will have the chance to cook your own lunch with hot spring steam. A visit to the town of Oguni, Horai Yoshimi Shrine and a trek to Nabegataki Falls follows lunch. Horai Yoshimi Shrine is distinguished by its 700 year old towering twin cedars, while Nabegataki Falls boasts a 20 meter (65.6 feet) wide curtain of cascading water. There is even an accessible spacious area behind the falls. The final onsen of the day is Kurokawa Onsen, a village with an assortment of some 25 different hot springs and outdoor baths. Food stands, Japanese inns and souvenir shops line the streets, creating a charming atmosphere. We will return to Kumamoto Station at 8pm.