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.
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 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).
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Ikue is very knowledgeable of the sights and places in Kumamoto. She knows the facts, history, and will take you to places to experience the culture of the people. She even pulled out of her bag a 3-D map of Mt. Aso. She uses a folder of visuals to help explain the sites, and she also provides options of different sites to visit. An excellent teacher and guide.