A trip around four nature-filled sites in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture
What we'll do
Mt. Aso is historically the first mountain in Japan to be recorded in foreign literature, and the view that can be seen from the observation deck is absolutely magnificent. No matter when you decide to visit, you'll be able to enjoy the changing of nature. Kikuchi Valley is famous as a summer resort, but it's also a popular spot to see fresh greenery in spring and vibrant colors in autumn. Lastly, you can feel true Japanese style at the historic Suizenji Jojuen Garden. If you're looking to spend a little quiet time during your trip, this is the tour for you.
All day tour
10:00 a.m. Kumamoto Station
※It will be about a 90-minute drive from here to the first spot
11:30 a.m. ~ 3:00 p.m. (※including transportation between spots; transportation time will be about 25 minutes.)
※There will be a break for lunch at one of the spots
※It will be about a 65-minute drive from here to the next spot
4:00 p.m. ~ 4:50 p.m.
③Suizenji Garden (Kumamoto)
5:00 p.m. Finish at Kumamoto Station
Kumamoto Station Shirakawa Exit (East Exit)
【Notes regarding late arrivals】
・If you are more than 15 minutes late for the meeting time without contacting your guide, the tour will be automatically cancelled.
・Please note that the tour cannot be extended in the event of late arrival.
- Price per person
- 19,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
【Things NOT included in the price of the tour】
・Transportation fees (transportation to and from the meeting place, transportation during the tour)
・Food expenses (meals, including drinks, will not be provided)
【Things included in the price of the tour】
Kikuchi Valley JPY100
Suizenji Garden (Kumamoto) JPY400
【Items not allowed on the tour】
【Conditions for participation】
No age limit; anyone can participate.
【Other important things to note】
・This tour will be led by a nationally certified guide.
・This tour requires a minimum of two and can accommodate a maximum of four participants.
※Solo travelers wishing to participate in this tour may do so if they pay the fee for two people.
※If the minimum number of participants is not met, the tour may be cancelled.
・A car (taxi or for hire) will be used for some of the transportation during this tour.
・Depending on the weather, the stops on the route are subject to order changes or cancellation.
・Please make sure to wear clothes that are easy to move in and comfortable shoes.
Daikanbo Peak, a popular relaxing spot for locals and tourists alike, is located in Kumamoto prefecture and, at 936 meters (3070 feet), this peak offers some spectacular panoramic views of Mt. Aso and Mt. Kuju's mountain range. From the peak, staring down into the sea of clouds below gives an otherwordly feel to the mountaintop, as if you had ascended to another world. With the almost therapeutic long winding roads up the peak and the surrounding views of the town and farm pastures, Daikanbo Peak makes for an especially relaxing afternoon or evening.
Kikuchi Valley located in the upper stretches of the Kikuchi river, is the source of the river, and also a beautiful part of Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu.
The valley is not only a beautiful spot, with walking trails, forest parks and plethora of different wild bird species, but is a great place to cool down in the summer. Cooled by the stream through the valley, the valley itself is natures way of cooling down.
The valley is also popular spot for visitors to do 'Shinrin Yoku', or 'forest bathing', the process of literally just being one with nature and the trees, utilizing all 5 of the human senses.
This along with waterfalls and the beautiful lush greenery of the valley make for a excellent relaxing trip and an opportunity to be one with nature.
3Suizenji Garden (Kumamoto)
Suizenji Garden is a spacious Japanese garden sitting in the heart of Kumamoto city, Kumamoto prefecture. Drawn from Mt. Aso's groundwater, this traditional Japanese landscape garden features wide open areas punctuated by calm pools. With an area of roughly 73,000 square meters, there is plenty to explore. Best experienced by way of a circular path orbiting the center of the garden, you will have plenty of time to take in the rich Japanese culture which permeates the garden. Enjoy observing the koi fish swimming as you stand on an ancient stone bridge, take in the old Japanese architecture, or just contemplate the serenity of the landscape garden. Suizenji Garden is a perfect place for those looking to calm themselves.
Photograph provided by Kumamoto City