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Mt. Aso

Name in Japanese: Aso-san (阿蘇山)
Location: Kumamoto
Elevation: 1,592 m

An active volcano having one of the world’s largest caldera

Mt. Aso is a general term of Mt. Taka, Mt. Neko, Mt. Naka, Mt. Eboshi and Mt. Kishima. The highest peak of Mt. Aso is Mt. Taka (Taka-dake). It is an active volcano with the world’s largest caldera. Mt. Aso means a mountain of burn/ a mountain of fire. It is also a tourism area since it is easy to access mountaintop area using a ropeway.


  1. From Sensuikyo: 3 hours 20 minutes (3.6 km)

Sample route

Route: From Sensuikyo
Distance: 3.6 km
Distance in elevation: 692 m
Difficulty during the best season: beginner level
Season for hikers: March to November

Route and estimated course time:
As of 04Jan2017, it is prohibited to enter near a crater; meaning a part of the trail on the map cannot hike. Please check the latest information before planning. For this reason, the sample route here is a roundtrip between Sensuikyo and Mt. Taka that is the highest peak of Mt. Aso.

Sensuikyo –[2:00]- Mt. Taka –[1:20]- sensuikyo [3 hours 20 minutes]

The first part of the route (until Sensui-touge) is a promenade. From there, the route is on a mountain ridge. It is a long upward slope until Mt. Taka. It is a gentle slope for the beginning. From the middle part of the trail, a long and steeper slope on the rocky face makes hikers tired.

Stay on established trails and watch your footing, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs. Never throw or roll rocks because there may be hikers below.

Route map

sample hiking route of Mt. Aso

marks on the map

Hiking report

It is not available yet.


Public transportation

  1. Sensuikyo: Miyaji station -(taxi)- Sensuikyo

Area information

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  • Hello!

    I noticed the beauty of Japanese nature when I went to an English language school in the US. While staying the US, I enjoyed hiking at National Parks. I wanted visitors from different countries to have a good time here in Japan as I did in the US.