Beautiful gorge with its waterfall and active volcano in Aso


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Activity Level



Religious Heritage, Nature and Wildlife, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
You must get in and get out of a car with help. Taking a boat is not possible, but I will take you to a good view point of the gorge and the waterfall.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent), Japanese (fluent)

Golden route of central Kyusyu

The Takachiho Gorge is a V-shaped gorge, created by the Gokase River, which eroded the Aso lava erupted over 100, 000 years ago. Manai waterfall cascades down to the river below, and it is truly impressive to see the waterfall against a backdrop of dense green foliage and the cliffs. You can enjoy the scenery by rowing down the river and walking the path along the gorge. The gorge is decorated with mountain cherry blossoms and the flowers of azaleas and wisteria from spring till early summer. Takachiho is associated with the myths and legends of the founding of the nation.
Next destination is an active crater of Mt. Naka in Aso. You can walk along the rim of the crater looking over the inside the crater, which is filled with the cobalt blue water. The grassland of Aso is lush green, and cows and horses are put out to graze there.


8:30 Meet at Kumamoto St. or your hotel in Kumamoto City
11:00 Arrive Takachiho Gorge
11:00-13:00 Takaciho gorge tour, including the boat riding and walking along the gorge, Amanoiwato Shrine and lunch at a local restaurant
13:00-14:30 Drive to Aso
14:30-15:30 Mt. Naka crater and Kusasenri-ga-hama
17:00 Return to the hotel

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel in Kumamoto City or Kumamoto St.

End location: I will drop you off at your hotel or a station. It is also possible to take you to your hotel in Aso area or Kurokawa Hot Spring Resort.

Duration: 8 hours 30 min.


A taxi will be charted for this day trip. If the number of travelers in your group exceeds 3. a jumbo taxi will be arranged.

What’s Included

Other: The tour costs includes the guide's fee and guide's lunch.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25000 JY - This local payment covers cost to charter a taxi for this one day tour. Please pay to your taxi driver after the tour. If your group consists of more than 3 person and less than 9, the fare will be Yen35,000.

What’s Extra

Other: If you take a boat at Takachiho Gorge, you will incur yen2,000 for 30 minutes. A boat can carry 3 person. If you like to have the exciting nagashi somen experience, it will cost you yen500 (somen experience only) to yen1,250 (set lunch including somen experience). Depending on a tour route, you may incur parking charges of up to Yen1,000.

A Recent Review of this tour

Ikue is very friendly and very willing to share. She speaks pretty good English too. The driver was nice too. Excellent explanation of the history of the places we visited. The listing also clearly states that the Tour Price is excluding the Driver's fee of which we were aware. The driver's fee is approx 25,000 - 30,000Yen which is pretty reasonable for the long drive and whole day use.
Adeline Lim

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