Magnificent view of one of the largest caldera in the world and walking along the rim of the active caldera, and more
Mt. Aso area is the must-see place if you visit Kyusyu Island. This tour will enable you to see highlights of Aso in one day!
I will recommend you the places to visit, and you can create your own Aso tour. If you like to stop by a local specialty shop/restaurant or experience a hot spring resort, it is also possible. The sample tour course includes Futae Pass, Daikanbo (breathtaking view of the northern part of the huge caldera), local market, Komezuka, Kusasenri-ga-hama, and Nakadake Crater. The highlight of Aso tour is to walk around the rim of the active Nakadake Crater viewing inside the crater, which is filled with cobalt blue water. And from season to season, you will enjoy the different natural scenery and color of Aso!
Here is the example of an itinerary.
9:00 Leave your hotel in Kumamoto City
10:30 Futae Pass
12:00 Michi-no-eki Aso for shopping
14:00 Nakadake Crater
16:30 Return to your hotel enjoying the beautiful scenery
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 7 hours
You will be getting around by a chartered taxi or a van so that you can effectively and comfortably visit popular sightseeing spots in one day. Please note that JR train service is not available after 2017 earthquake. You can visit Aso area from central Kumamoto by bus, but the bus service allows you to visit only Kusasenri-ga-hama and Nakadake Crater. If you like to end the tour in Aso area or Kurokawa Hot Spring Resort, it is also possible.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
23000 JY - About yen23,000 is to charter an ordinary taxi for this one day tour. If a group consists of more than three, I will obtain quotations from car companies for an appropriate size of vehicle and submit them to you for your consideration.
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Absolutely fabulous tour! Ikue is an extraordinary guide who's very quick to read a guest's needs and is always happy to adjust the tour to your liking. The tour of Mt. Aso was very informative and Ikue was always able to answer any of my questions. Ikue was my first tour guide on my month-long trip through Japan and I'll consider myself blessed if the rest of my guides are half as wonderful as her.