Mount Aso is the central attraction
of Aso-Kuju National Park, Kumamoto Prefecture on the island
of Kyushu. Rising to an elevation of 1,592 meters (5,223
feet), Mount Aso has the largest active crater in the world.
The crater measures 18 kilometers (11 miles) from east to west
and 24 kilometers (15 miles) from north to south. It has the
world's largest caldera (bowl-shaped volcanic depression) which
marks the original crater and contains the active volcano of
Nakadake and numerous hot springs. Nakadake is still active
and regularly emits volcanic smoke and ash. There are roads
and railways in the crater, and its mountain pastures are used
for cattle raising and dairy farming.
Ryokan with Hot Springs (There is an onsen tax of about 150 yen to 500
yen or more per person at many ryokans)
Price Per Guest Based on Double Occupancy
(See ryokan page for meals included.)