Explore Kumamoto’s active volcano Mount Aso up close

Eat, stay and play in one of the world’s largest inhabited volcanic calderas

Formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Even so, amazingly resilient people have been calling it home for the past ten millennia or so. Located within the borders of Aso Kujū National Park, the volcano itself is part of a huge geo park: meat and drink for adventure-seekers!
Whether solo cycling, horse-riding, guided hiking across volcanic peaks, paragliding, camping, or even helicopter rides, the choices are almost endless!
Craters and calderas aside, forget the still-billowing fumes a moment and head into town for some local sake and specialties cultivated in the rich volcanic soil.
All rounded off by a stayover and star gaze from inside the caldera — something few ever experience.

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