Japanese Garden, Mt. Aso and more
Mt. Aso area is the must-see place if you visit Kyusyu Island. I will recommend you the places to include in your itinerary, and you can create your own Aso tour. The sample tour course includes Futae Pass (historical path where a feudal lord used in traveling to Tokyo), Daikanbo (breathtaking view of the northern part of the huge caldera), local market (soft ice cream, fruits, dumpling, etc. ), and Kusasenri-ga-hama (spacious grassland). Trecking horseback riding, or helicopter tour (please note additional fees are required) is available in the area. One of the largest caldera (volcanic basin) and the volcanic smoke coming out from the caldera) are the very significant sceneries of Mt. Aso. If all the conditions are met (mainly volcanic activity and gas emission levels), you can actually walk along the rim of the crater looking over the inside. It is such a special experience which you can only have here. And from season to season, you will enjoy the different natural scenery and color of Aso!
Here is an example (Aso course)
9:00 Meet at your cruise terminal and start your tour
Drive to Mt. Aso area
11:00 Daikanbo Lookout
12:00 Road station "Aso", buy lunch among a variety of local specialties
13:00-15:00 Lunch at Kusasenri-ga-hama viewing the smoke from Mt. Naka and if Nakadake Crater is open, we will walk along the rim (other alternative includes Shirakawa Springhead)
15:00-16:40 Drive back to Yatsushiro enjoying the scenery of grassland
By 17:00 Return to cruise terminal
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your cruise ship terminal of Yatsushiro Port.
End location: I will take you back to your cruise ship terminal of Yatsushiro Port.
Duration: 8 hours
A cab or mini bus with an experienced driver will take you around the entire tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 JY - Your lunch (per person)
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A highly recommended guide. She thought about everything for you from a to z. Prepared small gift for my kid, buying local snacks for us to try, even helping us to throw rubbish (as its very hard to find rubbish bin in japan). She made us felt welcome and wanting to come back to Japan again. Her local knowledge, her tour arrangements were top notch. Whether if its your first time to Kumamoto or not, i think she would be your top guide choice. I would again recommend this guide. Period.