Discover Aso Area

The Aso Area offers some of the most pristine nature in all of Japan. Go to the top of the largest volcano in Japan and enjoy some breathtaking views. The area is also great place for animal lovers, spend a day with the animals at El Patio Ranch or go horse riding through the mountains.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities

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Getting around in the Aso Area

From Aso station, many of the major sights and attractions are within walking distance. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. Be advised that buses run infrequent in this area. For up-to-date bus schedules, we recommend syncing Google Maps with our customized map above (to do this: click the top right icon on the map to expand and select a route between your destination and your current destination). 
If you decide to rent a car, you can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to the Aso Area

Public transportation:

Travelers who come by train or highway bus usually get off at Aso station, as it is the most central point within the area and provides an easy connection to the rest of the area.

 

Valid rail passes:

 

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Aso Kumamoto airport. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

 

Rental cars:

How long to stay in the Aso Area

We recommend staying in the Aso Area between three and four days.

Seasonal information

Scenic rides:

  • Minamiaso Railway Trolley Train

    •  a sightseeing train that runs 7.1 km from Takamori Station to Nakamatsu Station

    • it operates only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
       

Hiking:

  • The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Festivals in the Aso Area

There are two famous festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
 

  • Yunoura Shohachi Mangu Festival

    • Date: September 14th and 15th

    • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
       

  • Kagura Festival

    • Date: October 5th

    • Time: 11:00 - 21:00

Hotels in the Aso Area

Flights to the Aso Area

The nearest and most convenient airport is Aso Kumamoto airport. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

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Day trips from Aso Area

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Distance, km: 28.81

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Distance, km: 33.81

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Kumamoto hosts one of the most famous castles in Japan, the Kumamoto Castle, which is sought after all around Japan for its beauty and majestic posture. Furthermore, you can stroll around some ...

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Distance, km: 34.75

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Yamaga Onsen is the ideal destination for those looking to spend some time in world renown Japanese hot springs, for it has over a dozen of establishments. Kumamoto Prefectural Ancient ...

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Distance, km: 37.87

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Consisting of several smaller villages, Bungo Ono is home to some of the most beautiful sites in Japan, such as the  Inazumi Underwater caves, the Oka Castle Ruins, Nagayu Hot ...

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Distance, km: 44.17

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Yufu is another pristine hot spring town, close to Beppu. The town is home to some captivating scenery and also a great place to wander through some historic shopping streets. 

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Distance, km: 51.06

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Although being a small town, Hita has much to offer those visiting. Head down to Mamedamachi shopping street to buy some local souvenirs, book a tour with the Sapporo Beer ...

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Distance, km: 51.14

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Distance, km: 61.19

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Oita is the capital of the prefecture with the same name, and has a wide array of shopping options as well as some magnificent gardens for you to enjoy. 

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Distance, km: 63.66

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The Yanagawa Canals are the main point of interest here and a great way to get around and explore the city.

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Distance, km: 68.87

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