Set in the heart of rural Kyushu, the Mount Aso area is the place to come to find a slower, more traditional take on Japanese life. The momunental form of Aso-san dominates the area and many of the farming villages lie within the calderas themselves.
“It is only when you are in one of the small towns and look around that you realise that you are actually within this gigantic volcanic caldera which is awe-inspiring. The smoking craters of Mt. Naka Dake reveal the power that Mother Nature has over this rural area of Japan”
Matt Spiller, Agents Manager
Travelling up to the base of the Nakedake peak, the lush meadows grazed by horse and cattle slowly give way to a starker, more volcanic landscape from where there are stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It is possible either by foot or ropeway to ascend the short distance to the top of Nakedake and peer down through sulphurous clouds to the eerie and seething grey-green lake that lies at its heart.
As you would expect, Mount Aso is surrounded by a number of hot spring villages that make for ideal overnight stays if you want to explore this region. Particularly of note are the hot springs of Kurokawa, where ryokan lie along the river through the centre of the village and there are numerous Rotenburo (outside baths) to ease any aches and pains.
Recommended Accommodation in Mount Aso
The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Mount Aso.
Experiences in Mount Aso
Mount Aso offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites
Weather in Mount Aso
The Climate Guide for Mount Aso, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||5||6||9||15||19||22||25||26||23||18||13||7|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||-3||-3||1||6||10||15||19||19||16||10||4||-1|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||4||4||5||5||5||4||5||6||5||5||4||4|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||10||11||12||13||14||14||14||13||12||11||10||10|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||None||None||None||None||None||None||Low||Low||None||None||None||None|
|Days with some Rainfall||18||17||18||17||17||20||22||20||18||13||12||15|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||92||118||210||237||268||562||552||372||263||143||95||57|
|UV Index (Maximum)||3||5||7||9||10||11||11||11||9||6||4||3|