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Savor Nature's Splendor in Aso-Kuju National Park


Hike in the wild side of Oita Prefecture


There's more to Oita than the famous hot springs of Beppu. Explore Kokonoe, located within Aso-Kuju National Park to find some of the best hiking in Kyushu. The park is breathtaking in all seasons, whether it be the rich greenery of spring and summer, the vibrant autumn foliage, or fresh powder snow in the winter. That's right, there are snowy peaks in southwestern Japan—snow isn’t just for the northern areas. 


Don't miss the Tadewara Wetland, where a cedar plank boardwalk serves the dual purpose of protecting the wetlands and easing your hike. Amble along the path as you soak in the preserve's natural beauty and diverse wildlife.


If the wetland boardwalk isn't high enough for you, brave the Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge, which stands at just over 170 meters in height, making it Japan's highest pedestrian walkway. Take in a 360-degree view of the mountains and see if you can spot the Shindo Waterfall.



Kokonoe itself has many attractions, including a variety of restaurants ready to wow you with their culinary delights, perhaps followed by an evening soak in one of the town’s hot springs. Yes, there's more to Oita than hot springs, but the hot springs are pretty fantastic, too.


Access: From Hakata Station, take the Kyushu Shinkansen to Kumamoto Station (about 40 minutes), then transfer to the Kyushu Railway Line for Aso Station (about one hour 20 minutes).


National Parks of Japn Kokonoe-machi


Kokonoe-machi, Gusu-gun, Oita-ken


Approx. 45 minutes or more




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