The largest volcano in Japan and one of the largest in the world, Mt. Aso holds a ferocious reputation, its natural power a major influence on the surrounding landscape. The volcano's peak reaches a height of 1,592 m (5,223 ft), its ancient caldera about 25 km (15.5 mi) in diameter, with a 100 m (328 ft) circumference. It is important to note that the volcano's crater and surrounding area are often closed off due to activity, so check its status before planning to visit. An aerial lift provides a bird's-eye view of the dramatic landscape, while a parking lot only a minute's walk away caters to the less-able-bodied. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Kumamoto Prefecture holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mt. Aso and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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阿蘇山は高岳、根子岳、中岳、烏帽子岳、杵島岳の阿蘇五岳と外輪山で構成されています。外輪山は周囲１２８ｋｍもあるそうで、そのスケールの大きさに圧倒されます。２０１９年８月に阿蘇観光した時には阿蘇中岳が活発な火山活動をしていて、地球が生きていることを実感できました。 more »Mt. Aso consists of Mt. Aso, Mt. Kyakudake, Mt. Neko, Mt. Nakadake, Mt. Karahata, and Mt. Kishima. It seems to be 128km around The Outer Ring Mountain, and it is overwhelmed by the size of the scale. When I visited Aso in August 2019, I was able to realize that the earth was alive because of active volcanic activity at Mt. Aso.
阿蘇山というのは一つの山ではなく、高岳、中岳などの阿蘇五岳と外輪山を含む総称であることは現地で知りました。空港から車で向かいましたが、途中の山肌には先の地震による崩落の跡があちこちに。大地震であったことを実感しました。ロープウェイ駅までは登れましたがそれから先は規制中。天気は良かったのですが五岳には霞がかかっており全く見えず。残念。でも火口から黒い煙が上がっているのは分かり、駐車場の車には火山灰が... more »I learned that Mt. Aso is not a single mountain, but a generic term that includes Mt. Aso gotake and Gaiwayama, such as Mt. Takadake and Nakadake. We drove from the airport, but on the surface of the mountain on the way, there were traces of the collapse caused by the previous earthquake. I realized that it was a big earthquake. I was able to climb to ropeway station, but it is under restriction. The weather was good, but gotake was hazy and i couldn't see it at all. Sorry. But i could see black smoke rising from the crater, and there was volcanic ash falling on the car in the parking lot. It's hard to get there if it's not a car or a tour bus.
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