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Mt. Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture

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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  • 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.
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  • 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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