Japan is a home to more than 100 active volcanoes, more than any other country around the world. The largest active volcano in the area is Mt. Aso, which recently erupted on September 14, 2015. Though there were no casualties, the volcano fumed out without any warning, evacuating many people near the area. Nevertheless, it is still considered to be one of the most visited areas in Kumamoto Prefecture.
The volcano stands at the center of Asu- Park. It consists of five peaks: Mt. Neko, Mt. Taka, Mt. Naka, Mt. Eboshi and Mt. Kishima. The highest peak is about 1,592 meters above sea level. Mt. Aso’s caldera is said to be one of the largest in the world with a circumference of 120 km.
Hot springs come in tandem with volcanoes. In Mt. Aso, you can find hot spring villages such as Tarutama, Jigoku, Aso, and Yunotan. Taratuman Onsens can even be found in Yamaguchi Ryokan. It was established in 1886, providing an open air bath where you can bask in famous views of Kinryu no taki waterfall. It has a very peaceful charm with wooden facilities, unlike any other place.
There are so many hotels and ryokans you can find near Mt. Aso and one of the recommended places that offers a fantastic view is Aso Villa Park Hotel. It is fully equipped with various facilities and amenities to pamper your stay. It has a spa resort as well which is suitable for relaxation.
One of the most popular facilities is the room spa. Here you can play with your family and friends while sporting your swimwear all throughout the year! The water is warm and cozy enough to jump in. Remember to bring your towel and float for there is no rental service available.
There are many more places to visit once you travel to Mt. Aso. Other than hotels, there are beautiful green meadows lying around the whole place. Stroll around while admiring the majestic nature. Enjoy!