Aso Volcano Museum 阿蘇火山博物館
Discover more about the local volcano
The Aso Volcano Museum offers a great insight into Japanese volcanoes and is a top choice for geography enthusiasts. Located with a view of the often smoking Nakadake crater, visitors can also watch what's going on with the live video cameras, which take you deep into the crater. On the third floor, check out the “Four Seasons of Aso” video for an idea of the volcano's activity throughout the year.
- Top views of the Nakadake crater
- A stroll in the stunning scenery
- Sampling horse meat, a local delicacy
How to Get There
It is accessible by car.
The Aso Volcano Museum is about 75 minutes west of Kumamoto via National Route 145 and 299. Paid parking in front of the museum.
Audio guides available
Most of the display information is in Japanese, but you can make use of the free multi-language audio guide. Museum exhibits vary in quality, but there is plenty to entertain and inform, with games to occupy younger visitors. Find the cafe and souvenir shop on the first floor.
The local area
Ask for a free walking map of the area and go exploring after your visit. Take heed of weather reports, especially in winter, when it can suddenly turn cold and snowy. If the cafe doesn't meet your fancy, some cafeteria-style restaurants serving buffets and the local specialty, horse meat, are a few doors down from the museum.