Spots in Aso / Kurokawa Area

  • Aso Farm Land/Aso Genki no Mori
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    3.5
    297 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiasomura Kawayo 5579-3
    "This theme parks sits in the middle of grand nature of Minamiaso Village, Aso County, Kumamoto Prefecture, and is built on the concept of a healthy mind and healthy body. The grounds include a variety of facilities divided into themes of Exercise, Meals, Healing, Stay, Experience, and Shopping. There is the ""Genki no Mori"" for having fun while improving your health, ""Fureai Dobutsu Okoku"", where you can interact with animals, a healthy buffet restaurant thoroughly supervised by a dietician, and a souvenir shop, so everyone from kids to adults can enjoy a day here."

    We stayed at Aso Farmland in October for one night and would not recommend it to other travellers. The layout of the hotel domes feels like you are staying in some sort of dystopian suburb. The...

  • Takefue
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    5.0
    379 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 5725-1
    This hot spring inn in Minamioguni Town, Aso County welcomes day guests as well as those staying over. The inn is located in the expansive 13,240 square meter property covered by bamboo groves, and the bamboo groves also create comforting environments for their three unique reservable private baths. Completely free flowing from the source, the therapeutic hot spring water is thought to be more medically effective than other hot spring water, helping to alleviate nerve pain, muscle soreness, and fatigue, as well as promote healthy skin. They have many plans to choose from to help you enjoy your visit.

    Our family of 4 stayed here during Christmas for 2 nights. We booked 2 rooms, Bijyoan and Sasane. We all agreed that this is one of the best ryokan that we have stayed in Japan so far. One can...

  • Ryokan Sanga
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    4.5
    352 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 6961-1
    This hot spring inn located in Minamioguni Town, Aso County welcomes day visitors as well as overnight guests. They have a variety of facilities, including a cascading bath, a wooden bucket shaped reservable large private bath, an open-air bath surrounded by Aso's volcanic natural setting, and a large bathing area using a blend of water drawn from their two on-site hot spring sources. Each of these has different properties: One is a simple sulfur spring said to have various therapeutic properties, and the other a sodium chloride - hydrogen carbonate - sulfate spring that's good for the skin.

    The property is gorgeous. Gardens are so lovingly cared for. We were warmly welcomed by the parking lot attendant, front desk staff and everyone else we met. The baths, especially the rotemburo...

  • Aso Shrine
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    4.0
    340 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Aso-shi Ichinomiyamachi Miyaji 3083-1
    Records state this Shinto shrine was founded in 282 BCE. The head shrine of the 500-some Aso shrines across the country, the shrine is dedicated to Takeiwatatsu-no-Mikoto and eleven other related deities. This ancient shrine combines Shinto with a mountain faith which worships the caldera of Mt. Aso as a sacred object, and is revered as the most important shrine in what was Higo Province (now Kumamoto Prefecture). Six of the shrines structures, such as its main shrine building and two-storied gate have been designated National Important Cultural Properties. In particular, its two-storied gate is one of the largest in Kyushu and is counted as one of the three greatest two-storied shrine gates in all of Japan. Some of the shrine's many other highlights include a stone which is said to grant wishes, and a pine tree which is said to grant luck in finding love and marriage.

    We turned up, but decided not to enter as there is considerable renovation taking place inside the grounds. No prior warnings given at the Tourist Information Centre from what we could see. However...

  • Aso Cuddly Dominion
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    4.0
    180 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Kurokawa 2163
    Located on a sprawling plot of land at the foot of Mt. Aso, this zoo boasts nearly 500 specimens from approximately 100 species, including about 200 bears. It is famous for the chimpanzee Pan-kun, his daughter Purin-chan, and the dog James (currently James II), all of whom have appeared on television programs. It offers visitors many opportunities to get close and personal with the animals, including an exhibit where they can experience feeding the bears as well as a dog and cat petting facility.

    Overcrowding and unnatural forced interactions for the animals. It’s all under the guise of being cute, and one probably wouldn’t recognize the problems unless familiar with signs of distress in...

  • Kurokawa Onsen Okunoyu
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji Kurokawa 6567
    This is the 26-room Kurokawa hot spring traditional Japanese inn. It sits on an extensive site of 6,600 meters squared; you can enjoy a variety of hot springs 24 hours a day depending on your personal taste such as the open-air bath, the cave bath or the family bath which can be reserved. The handcrafted river bath is popular, which commands a view of the spectacular waterfall at the front. There is also Kurokawa’s only heated hot spring pool, so you can even visit with children and have peace of mind.

    I had high expectations of this place from the reviews and how it’s a lot more expensive than most Onsens. The good It’s a lovely setting. Next to the river it’s very pretty. The dinner was great...

  • Kurokawaso
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    4.5
    152 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 6755-1
    This hot spring hotel is located below Kurokawa Onsen, part of Minamioguni Town, Aso County. It's a great place for a relaxing soak while gazing at the seasonal scenery. They have an open-air bath with a view of the nearby Byobu-Iwa cliffs and three different reservable private baths. They welcome people dropping in to use the baths as well as guests who spend the night.

    The Kurokawaso is a Ryokan complete in every respect. The loaction at the river is beautiful, the rooms traditional, spacious, clean and quite. The private onsen as well as the shared onsen are...

  • ASO VOLCANO MUSEUM
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    3.5
    143 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Akamizu 1930-1
    This three-story museum in Aso City is dedicated to Mt. Aso, an active volcano. The second floor's permanent exhibit features panel displays of the area's geology and the current conditions of the volcano. The third floor has video facilities showcasing Aso's natural environment and the area's folk culture. The museum lets visitors view the craters in real time, helpful when access is restricted due to bad weather or volcanic activity. Head to the first floor for the gift shop and a restaurant serving light fare.

    The area around the vulcano is closed caused by the present outbrake looking very impressive from the museum. the museum itself needs to be reviewed, pretty dusty.

  • HOTEL GREENPIA MINAMIASO
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    4.0
    167 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiasomura Hisaishi 4411-9
    This day-use hot spring hotel is in Minamiaso Village, Aso County. Come for the bathing, the food, and the great view of Mt. Aso's five peaks. Their outdoor bath, which allows bathers to take in the seasonal scenery, and their Ishizumi-no-Yu bath, which conjures up the image of magnificent Mt. Aso, are great places for a soak. The restaurant has a lunch buffet, and their relaxation facilities offer esthetic treatments and more.

    Although in a great location with an amazing view this hotel is now too old and need some renovation plan (or just make a brand new one!) - the beds mattress in the room are too old and broken in...

  • Yukyo no Hibiki Yusai
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji Kita Kurokawa 6554
    This hot spring inn is in Minamioguni Town, Aso County. Come to unwind while soaking in a bath engulfed by the aroma of cypress wood, surrounded by bamboo groves, with a river rushing past. The weakly alkaline hot spring water is 100% free flowing from the source. It is said to help alleviate hardening of the arteries, nerve pain, and muscle soreness, as well as promote good health in general. The open-air bath has a roof so you can use it in the rain, too.

    I spent a long rainy overnight stay here but I was never bored. There is a variety of baths and all of them are stunning. The open-air bath has a view of the falls and the large indoor bath has a...

  • Takamorimachi Yusui Tunnel Park
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Takamori 1034-2
    Walk 10 minutes south from Takamori Station. After construction work to connect the Takamori Line and Takachiho Line of the former national railway was stopped, 550 meters of the tunnel entrance were given over to become a park. There is a walking path set up inside the tunnel, which features all manner of attractions including the “Water Pearl” fountain where one can watch the wonderful movement of water droplets, and projection mapping. Seasonal events include the summer “Star Festival” and winter “Christmas Fantasy.”

    The volume of water running around 32 tons every minute. Wow! Actually, a Railway company of Japan wanted to build a rail line here but, during drilling huge amount of water came out. Then the...

  • Mt. Daikanbo
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Yamada
    A 936 meter high mountain located on the highest peak of the outer rim of the north crater of Mt. Aso. In ancient times, it was called Tomigahana (the nose looking into the distance), but the great author Tokutomi Soho dubbed it Daikanbo (great overviewing mountain) after being moved by the magnificent view. The mountain offers a sweeping view of the five peaks of Mt. Aso, the Kuju Mountain Range, and the Aso Caldera. The controlled burns conducted in spring are held on an impressive scale.
  • Kurokawa Onsen “Yamabiko Ryokan”
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    4.5
    102 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kurokawa Onsen Minami Oguni Town, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture
    This hot spring inn is in Minamioguni Town, Aso County. They have a wide variety of baths including a large public bath and an open-air bath where you can soak while taking in the seasonal scenery. You can dangle into the water from above in their 150-centimeter deep standing bath, and their Kurinuki-yu bath made of hollowed-out marble. The sodium - chloride spring is said to help ease muscle pains and burns, as well as promote healthy skin. The open-air bath is open to non-staying visitors who just drop in.

    I have stayed in several ryokan in my previous trip to Japan and this is by far my favourite. It overlooks a river and the place is sparkling clean. Room is big for our party of 5! There are 6...

  • Oshitoishi
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Nakabaru 511
    This is a stone culture ruin dotted with huge megaliths named sun stones, and Cuneiform script-engraved mirror stones. If one borrows a compass from the management center and takes a walk around, the strong magnetic field means the needle which should by all rights be pointing North begins to swing creating quite an unsettling experience! It’s a spot where one can enjoy the beauty of nature including views of Mt. Kuju and Mt. Aso.

    You can enjoy truly 360 degrees panoramic view there. When it is fine, incredibly great view looking Mt Aso and Mt Kuju in the distance. This spot is also known as power spot since there are some...

  • Aso Roadside Station
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Kurokawa 1440-1
    An excellently situated roadside station which offers superb views of Mt. Aso to the south and the outer rim of a volcanic greater standing beyond agricultural land to the north. There is an information booth inside the facility staffed by guides who will be happy to tell you about local tourist attractions and recommend special local products. The facility stands at a key crossing point between the Aso Tozan Road, National Route 57, and National Route 212.

    JAFの会員が選ぶ2019年の九州・沖縄「イチオシ道の駅グランプリ」で、4回連続で熊本県内1位となった道の駅。国道57号沿いで阿蘇駅に隣接。正面南側には阿蘇山が堂々と聳え立っています。インフォメーションは英語対応可能で外国人に人気も頷けます。

  • Ikeyama Suigen (Spring Source)
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    4.5
    77 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunubuyamamura Tajiri 14-1
    This spring water was selected as one of Japan’s top 100 waters. With the Mt. Juku range at its source, each minute it pumps out 30 tons of water and many people come to draw from it. The water temperature remains around 13 degrees throughout the year. It is water representative of the Aso area, with a mild taste.

    We walked from the other side of hills on a very sunny day...we finished about 1 gallon of water when we finally got there... We passed several herds of cows gazing and it was scary because they...

  • Imakin Restaurant
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    4.0
    190 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Uchinomaki 290
    This popular eatery boasting over one hundred years of history is frequently featured in magazines and television shows. In the famous Aka beef bowl, chewy, rare-cooked lean fresh meat is packed onto a voluminous bowl of rice, a wonderful dish where umami flavor flows over the palette after just one mouthful. On holidays and in sightseeing seasons, visitors form a long line even before opening.

    This bowl of Gyu Don had literally converted non-beef JJ to a cow fan. Imakin Shokudo appeared in the guide leaflet of Aso, and that made us skeptical of the genuineness of the recommendation. But...

  • Kyukamura (Minami-Aso)
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Takamori 3219
    This Aso Kuju National Park Resort Hotel is in Takamori Town, Aso County in the southern foothills of Mt. Aso. It offers highland camping, star gazing, tennis, and more. There's also a natural hot spring with velvety water and moisturizing properties that are good for the skin. The alkaline simple spring is said to help alleviate nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, and joint pain. It's a great place to unwind while looking out on the five peaks of Mt. Aso.

    My daughter, granddaughter and I recently stayed 6 nights at this lovely Hotel. We had a large room on the 3rd floor with a good size tatami room and a separate sitting area and small bathroom. The...

  • Hourei-no-Yu
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    4.5
    63 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture Ogunimachi Nishizato 2917
    This hot spring inn is located in Oguni Town, Aso County. With outdoor reservable private baths and a large open-air bath, it's a great place for a soak while taking in the natural wonders of Aso. The hot spring water is a milky-blue color and the smell of sulfur from geothermal activity drifts through the bath house. Three types of reservable private baths, including hinoki Japanese cypress and stone private baths, make use of coin operated timers.

    熊本県阿蘇郡小国わいた温泉郷にある天然自噴温泉です。ここは、雄大なわいた山の裾野に広がる大自然を望むリーズナブルな温泉宿泊施設。 源泉かけながしのホワイトブルーの温泉でゆっくりと心と体を癒す至福のひとときをお過ごしいただけますよー家族風呂がオススメです。 そしてここにはとっておきの「温泉蒸し」があり入浴中にセットしておけば美味しい蒸し物が出来上がりと色んな楽しみ方がありきっと新たな感動が訪れる...

  • Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Kamishikimi 2619
    This shrine is located in Takamori Town, Aso County. There's a large rock formation on the grounds with a gaping hole passing through it called the Ugeto Iwa. Legend says a Shinto deity kicked the cavity open. As making a hole in rock isn't so easy, it's thought worshiping there brings success and victory. The shrine's sacred Nagi trees are said to bring blessings too. As the leaves are tough to pull off, it's thought they will give spousal relationships longevity. The approach to the shine is lined with nearly 100 lanterns.

    Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine is the most popular in Takamori for its extremely divine atmosphere. People feels very relax and peaceful at the top of the Shrine.There are approx. 300 stairs (approx...

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Kumamoto lies in the center of Kyushu, a calm prefecture perfect for easy strolls around the historic center and lazy evenings in the natural hot springs at Kurokawa Onsen. For a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Mount Aso, whose surrounding hills offer hiking opportunities aplenty with views over the active volcano.

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