Thanks to its location near one of the world’s largest volcanic calderas, Kumamoto has some amazing natural beauty and great spots to visit. Cick on the links below to find out what you can see and where you can go:

So what's the Kumamoto region like in its different seasons? These seasonal photos taken while exploring the region should give you an idea! Summer Autumn Winter Spring
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Ikeyama Springs Of all the springs I've visited in the Aso area, the Ikeyama Springs one has the biggest wow factor. Possibly because I visited in early
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With its extensive white sands and crystal-clear emerald-green sea, the completely unspoilt Mogushi Beach is a rarity in Japan. It is one of the most beautiful natural
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Tatsuda Nature Park is well worth putting on your itinerary for a day out in the city. Tucked away behind Kumamoto University, perhaps its difficult to
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Yanagawa - Four seasons of flowers In every season Yanagawa offers different flowers and foliage to view, in mid February the plum trees flower showing that spring
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Amakusa Dolphin Watching In the beautiful blue sea between the Shimabara peninsula and the northern point of the Amakusa Shimoshima Island there lives a pod of
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Meototaki 夫婦滝 or Meoto Falls situated nearby the village of Kurokawa Onsen is not one waterfall but two. Meoto translates as 'male female' and the waterfall
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Daikanbo The name given to the prime viewpoint of Aso, from here dramatic 360 degree views reveal the panoramic expanse of the whole caldera and
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Tucked away in the foothills of Mount Waita, within sight of the Oita border, lies the little known Waita onsen area, a collection of six small
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Tateno valley
Tateno Valley Unfortunately at present Tateno Valley cannot be visited as the bridge and road were badly damaged in the earthquakes in April 2016. Heading
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Mount Ogi, Aso
Ogidake View Point A neighbour's recommendation took us to the Ogidake view point 荻岳(Mount Ogi) east of Aso one sunny Sunday in February. The Ogidake lookout
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If you are travelling from Kumamoto to Takachiho or Gokase you will pass through the beautiful Minami Aso or Southern Aso area. The charm of the
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If you are visiting Kurokawa Onsen, Aso or just a fan of waterfalls put the Nabegataki Falls high on your list to see. Only recently discovered as
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Kurokawa Onsen and Aso Day Trip Why take a tour?  Both Kurokawa and Aso are on many peoples list of places to visit in Kyushu,
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Ama No Yasukawara Cave From the Ama No Iwato Shrine take a 10-minute walk along the Iwato River, past many delicious looking icecream stalls,  descend a steepish
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If you are travelling with kids, particularly older ones, sometimes you have to have a break from the shrines and temples and do something that
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nagomi, kumamoto
Tonkararin If you love a good mystery - or dark, narrow spaces! - , then you are bound to be intrigued by Tonkararin. The many questions surrounding Tonkararin 
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Suizenji Gardens Also known as Suizenji Jojuen Park, these beautiful gardens are situated in the east of the city, a 15 minute tram ride from the
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The Kuju Flower Park offers stunning seasonal displays of flowers set against beautiful mountain scenery. The Kuju Flower Park, or Kuju Hana Kouen くじゅう花公園, offers seasonal displays
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An oasis just a few km from the  heart of the city, Ezu Lake (江津湖 Ezuko)  is a natural lake fed by the underground springs Kumamoto
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The Reigando Cave, in Japanese simply Reigando 霊巌洞, is a mysterious and sacred cave located on the Western slopes of Mt. Kinpo the 200,000 year old extinct
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Aso Sankinkotai Road Walk Parts of an ancient highway dating from the end of the 16th century still remain in the Aso region, this short walk takes you
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Kusasenri The view of Kusasenri is one of the iconic scenes of Kumamoto; a vast emerald green grassland plateau with peacefully grazing cows and horses reflected in the still
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Just over the border into Miyazaki Prefecture, the romantic Takachiho Gorge winds its way through the sleepy town of Takachiho. The gorge was formed from
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Noyaki If you visit the Aso area in late February or March you might be surprised to find the lush green grasslands you saw in all
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Shirakawa Source Also known as the Shirakawa Suigen 白川水源 in Japanese, this is the most well-known of a cluster of mineral water springs that bubble up in the southern
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Very sadly one of my favorite spots in Aso, the Laputa Road Viewpoint was badly damaged in the earthquakes of April 2016 and can no
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The Chojabaru plateau is a lovely stopping off point on the Yamanami Highway midway between Aso and Yufuin in the midst of the Kuju mountains. Famed for
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After the hot spring heaven of Kurokawa why not take a trip to Hell? Sparrow Hell - or Suzume Jigoku in Japanese. This is a
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What is it? Oshitoishi has the reputation of a powerspot, situated on a hill on the pyroclastic flow above the northern caldera wall of Aso. On top of
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The Healing Forest Kikuchi Valley, known as Kikuchi Keikoku 菊地渓谷 in Japanese is renowned as one of Japan's 44 'Shinrin Yoku' or 'Forest Bathing' sites.
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Ideventure - take a thrilling and peaceful ride down the rice farming irrigation canals of Kikuchi. What is it? Ideventure is a great summer activity and it's unique
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The title Mount Aso Volcano is a little misleading as the whole central mountain range within the Aso caldera is comprised of volcanos, fortunately only
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