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  • Excellent18%
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  • Average28%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
Feb 9, 2018
“Should be improved”
Jun 30, 2018
“Very academic museum”
1930-1 Akamizu, Aso 869-2232, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81 967-34-2111
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

This is not the kind of fancy museum. It feels more like a place for school kids to learn more about the natural or geographical characteristics of the area. Of course, almost all information is provided in Japanese. To those who don't know Japanese, there...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank gingerbrownie
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

They provided audio guided tour in your language. Very educational. Recommended for children. Much better than learning all these in Geography class.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank wynsum
Reviewed February 9, 2018

Not all people like a museum, it needs a better concept to make it more interesting place. people can come to this place to take a rest in some of the restaurants or buy souvenirs.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Setiawan D
Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

We headed into the museum for a break in our travels.... very interesting and well worth the hour we spent there. We also spent a bit of time chatting with a local gentleman who worked there... very informative.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 307JodieS
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

The museum provides good movie on the third floor, explanation of volcano characteristicĺs. Japanese language with English, Chinese and Korean subtitles. Small exhibition and rock samples on 2nd fl however, mostly in Japanese. Last entry 4.30pm. Close at 5pm.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank scalopages
Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

Regrettably, the earthquake has left the area with a Level 3 safety requirement. As of the date of posting, you cannot get within 3 km of the active caldera. The museum is open but you really need a car to do this easily as the...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank dougm478
Reviewed May 18, 2016

The voyage to Aso from Kumamoto is a pleasant trip through the countryside on a quaint train. The town of Aso sits within a vast "caldera", and the volcano atop Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan. At the time of our visit,...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank brendanb76
Reviewed May 1, 2016

The closest spot next to the Aso volcano. Interesting film about the volcano and its surrounding. Must try ice-cream.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Sari S
Reviewed May 1, 2016

The museum was disappointing, as the real time feed was simply a feed from the parking lot towards the mountain, something you could see yourself from the same parking lot by the museum. It was disappointing as they advertised a real look into the crater....More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Kip F
Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

Visited on a freezing cold day. Museum seemed ok - very little in English and we don't read Japanese! Interesting film about the volcano and its surrounds. Several restaurants and shops in the complex. Cable car at the volcano has been suspended due to volcanic...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Shanghailiz
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Kyushu in Dec (2 Replies)
Dear all Planning self drive trip to Kyushu in mid Dec and would appreciate your advice please. Day 1 - Arrive in Fukuoka, transfer via domestic flight to Yakushima Day 2 - Hike in Yakushima Day 3 - Ferry to Kagoshima, sightseeing in Kagoshima Day 4 - Day trip to Chiran and Ibusuki Day 5 - Drive to Kirishima and hike Kirishima Ridge Trail Day 6 - Takachiho Day 7 - Yufuin Day 8 - Kurokawa Day 9 - Mount Aso (Nakadate crater, Aso Volcano Museum, Aso Shrine) Day 10 - Kumamoto...More
June 11, 2017|
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The order for Day 6-9 looks strange to me. General route should be Takachiho - Aso - Kurokawa - Yufuin. Kurokawa and Yufuin can be swapped. Yufuin and Kurokawa are popular among tourists simply because they can be reached by JR train and Sanko Bus. Unless you're interested in specific accommodation, you can have alternative destinations since you drive. If I stay 2 nights in this area, I'd choose somewhere in Kokonoe-machi and another in outskirt in Yufu, like Tsukahara Kogen. It snows when...More
Kyushu 9 Days Self-Drive Itinerary (14 Replies)
Dear all, In short, Thank you very much to the Destination Experts for their kind guidance and advice here, the original plan to visit Chubu has been digressed from Chugoku and now to Kyushu. The two of us have the following plan in mind and would really appreciate your kind input for recommendation on destinations, lodgings and what to look out for in this trip: Day 1 - Fukuoka Shopping and Food Tour (Stay near Hakata Station) Day 2 - Kushida Shrine, Ohori Park and Dazaifu...More
August 27, 2018|
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BeginsYoung, When you hire a car in Fukuoka, it should be before heading to Dazaifu. Enter the nearest Fukuoka urban expressway JCT, which will save time. We always park our car in Ninomaru parking in Kumamoto castle park. There's also parking near Sakuranobaba Josaien, which is always fully parked when we arrive. There'e manned parking at the other side from the tram street near Suizenji Jojuen. There're some other coin parking nearby. If you mean Suizenji Ezuko Park, I don't think it's...More