Mount Aso

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Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan, is located in Kumamoto, Kyushu. Arguably the prefecture's biggest attraction, Mount Aso is a prime hiking and sightseeing spot that's part of the Aso Kuju National Park. Mt. Aso's peak is at a towering 1,592 meters above sea level, forming a stunning mountainside view from the Aso city.



Takawara, Aso, Kumamoto 869-2223 (Directions)


8:30 - 17:30 Open Now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 17:30
Thursday 8:30 - 17:30
Friday 8:30 - 17:30
Saturday 8:30 - 17:30
Sunday 8:30 - 17:30
Holidays 8:30 - 17:30


General Amenities

  • Free guides/pamphlets


80-minute drive from Kumamoto via the Kumamoto Exit

2-hour drive from Oita City / Beppu

To Nakadake Crater: (check if routes are open to visitors)

40-minute bus ride from JR Aso Station, followed by a shuttle bus to the crater / 30-minute walk

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