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Take a walk through a traditional Japanese garden at nature-rich Rikugi-en Garden, a strolling garden featuring manmade hills and a central pond, before heading off for a tour of Aso Volcano Crater, a uniquely Japanese natural locale with many different faces. See with your own eyes the grandeur and strength of nature.

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Rikugien Gardensmore


Rikugien Gardens

These gardens were constructed by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu on land given to him in 1695 by Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the fifth shogun of the Edo bakufu. Yoshiyasu spent seven years constructing a garden with paths around artificial hills and a pond. As the land was part of the flat Musashino region, when building the gardens he had to dig a pond, create hills, and bring in water from the Senkawa water supply to fill the pond.

JR Komagome-->Akihabara-->Ryogoku
Around 20 minutes/170 yen

Sumida Hokusai Museummore

Sumida Hokusai Museum

Katsushika Hokusai, praised as a world-class artist, was born near Hokusai Dori in what is now known as Sumida Ward, and spent most of his 90-year life in the ward, leaving behind many excellent works.
In addition to showcasing Hokusai’s works, the museum conducts exhibitions and educational outreach projects with diverse themes that convey the relationship between Hokusai and Sumida in an easy-to-understand manner.

Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku-->Roppongi
Around 23 minutes/270 yen

Tokyo City Viewmore

Tokyo City View

Tokyo City View, situated in the heart of Tokyo, features an indoor observation gallery 250 meters above sea level and an outdoor Sky Deck 270 meters above sea level. It commands a view of landmarks such as Tokyo Tower and TOKYO SKYTREE, and on a clear day even Mt. Fuji. The Sky Deck is a special space open to the sky and breeze.

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Aso Kumamoto Airport

Situated 20km east of Kumamoto City, Aso Kumamoto Airport sits atop the Takayubaru Plateau on the western side of the Aso outer rim mountains. The airport lies within the municipalities of Mashiki (Kamimashiki District), Kikuyo (Kikuchi District), Ozu (Kikuchi District), and Nishihara Village (Aso District). There are few houses around the airport – instead you’ll find many farms, golf courses, and natural forests. With the smoky Aso volcano visible to the east, and faraway Mt. Unzen visible to the west, Kumamoto Airport occupies a truly scenic location in beautiful Kumamoto Prefecture.

Kumamoto Airport → JR Aso Station
Around 1 hour 1,200 yen

JR Aso Station→Asosan Nishi
Approx. 40 minutes 650 yen

Seeing the Aso Volcano Cratermore


Seeing the Aso Volcano Crater

This magnificent caldera extends 24 km north-south and 18 km east-west, and craggy volcanic rock faces cover an area of 4 km around it. Aso Gogaku, the Five Peaks of Aso (Mt. Nekodake, Mt. Takadake, Mt. Nakadake, Mt. Eboshi and Mt. Kishima), soar upwards from the central part of the caldera; currently, Mt. Nakadake is continuously active, emitting white smoke. This caldera, located on Mt. Nakadake, is one of the largest in the world. This huge volcanic crater has a diameter of 600 meters, depth of 130 meters, and circumference of 4 km, and visitors can enjoy dynamic scenery and the “living” Mt. Aso here. When the volcano becomes particularly active, visitors cannot go near the crater.

Aso-san Nishi → JR Aso Eki-mae
Around 40 minutes 650 yen

JR Aso Eki-mae → Daikanbo Iriguchi
Around 40 minutes 500 yen

Paragliding experience

Daikanbo<br>Paragliding experience

■ Daikanbo
This natural viewing platform is located on one of the highest peaks of Aso’s northern outer rim. From here, visitors can see the Five Peaks of Aso, making this the best viewpoint to enjoy a 360-degree panorama of Aso.
■ Paragliding Experience
The sunset is beautiful from the Minamiaso flight area, from Mt. Yomine to Mt. Eboshi. Walk in the air while gazing at the scenery of Nangodani Valley below you. You will receive careful instruction from the basics, and people who feel uneasy at gliding alone can take a course where they fly with an instructor, so we recommend this for beginners.

5 minutes by foot


Around 20 minutes/310 yen

Aso Uchinomaki


Aso Uchinomaki

Cycling Experiencesmore

Cycling Experiences

See the views of Aso Kuju National Park as you travel around on a mountain bike (MBT).

Uchinomaki (Kadoman-mae) → Kurokawa Onsen
Kyushu Odan Bus
1 hour 1,100 yen
*Reservation required

Kurokawa Onsenmore

Kurokawa Onsen

The charms of Kurokawa Onsen are the buildings of the many ryokan with their old-fashioned elegance surrounding the Chikugo River, and the outdoor baths, overflowing with ingenuity, of the different ryokan and hotels. If you buy an Onsen-hopping Pass, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor baths at your leisure. We also recommend the Kurokawa Onsen Yurutto Coupon for when you take walks or go around the different onsen. This coupon is a very good bargain, giving you six tickets for 500 yen that are useable at the shops that sell confections and croquettes in this hot-spring town. The coupons and the Onsen-hopping Pass are sold at the Ryokan Association (Kaze no Ya).

Kurokawa Onsen → Aso Kumamoto Airport
Kyushu Odan Bus
Around 2 hours 2,000 yen

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