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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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  • Due to the increased volcanic activity, it is prohibited to enter within 1 km of the crater at the time of visit. Therefore, it is necessary to be careful because access is greatly restricted. It is possible to climb from the foot if it is a climbing equipment.
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  • I went on a trip with a friend. It takes about an hour from the airport. Along the way, you can drive through the idyllic nature while watching the cattle and horses being grazed. The ropeway was not open near the top of the mountain and it was a U-turn in the parking lot. I thought it was good for the drive course.
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