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Beppu to Mt Aso and on to Takachiho

Yamba, Australia
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Beppu to Mt Aso and on to Takachiho

I have three questions:

I would like to travel from Beppu to Takachiho in one day going via Mt Aso. I have found a bus timetable that shows I can get from Beppu at 10.35 arriving in Aso about an hour later. I would need time to travel by another bus to the crater, maybe see the museum etc. and then travel on to Takachiho and stay there overnight. But I am having difficulty finding a bus timetable to go from Aso to Takachiho. Can anyone guide me with this?

Secondly, has anyone seen the Yokagura performance at Takachiho shrine and can recommend it?

After Takachiho I need to get to Izumi. Any ideas for this stage of my trip?

Thanks in advance for your ideas and help.

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Yamba, Australia
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21. Re: Beppu to Mt Aso and on to Takachiho

Thanks again for all the wonderful information. I really appreciate the expertise of those responding to my queries. Thank you for your time and trouble.

If we were to do a return rental to and from Kumamoto station, doing our drive around the three places - (Kurokawa, Mt Aso and Takachiho) over three days, and given that we will have more free time as we will be independent of public transport timetables:

1. Is there anywhere else in this vicinity that we should include without too much extra travel. We prefer to see areas of natural beauty and interest and

2. I'm a bit worried about the drive in and out of Kumamoto - is this a very busy town? We have never driven before in Japan though we have visited several times.

Edited: 11:53 pm, November 08, 2018
Fukuoka, Japan
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22. Re: Beppu to Mt Aso and on to Takachiho

When you start in Kumamoto, head R 57 whichever road you may take. R 57 leads all the way to the west. You'll enter Ozu-machi after you drive under flyover of R 325/442. About 1 km after that, you'll see Michi no Eki Ozu (road station) on your left hand side.

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You'll see the direction notice to Aso via Milk Road to your left at the next traffic signal. Milk Road leads to Daikanbo.

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You'll find the direction board to Aso near Daikanbo.

If you go straight R 57 in Ozu-machi, you'll reach Choyo Ohashi Bridge.

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R 325 goes to Shirakawa Springs from the bridge.

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Although it may be a little detour, Michi no Eki Asobonosato is a nice break point for meal and view.

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You can drive from Minamiaso-mura to Aso crater with about 30 minutes drive.

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I posted Aso crater visit in May. I hope this will be help of you.

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23. Re: Beppu to Mt Aso and on to Takachiho

Driving in Kumamoto City - Kumamoto City is not too crowded compared to larger Japanese cities. Highway 57 takes a few turns, so watch the blue traffic signs overhead as you leave the city. If you get in the wrong lane and miss a turn, it is not hard to get back on Highway 57, though, so drive easily. Fortunately, the speed limit is low in the city and people are courteous drivers.

You will enjoy the drive and vistas anywhere you go in the Aso caldera. There are many waterfalls and pastoral landscapes. Stop where you see something interesting. One of my favourite places is a woodworking shop on Route 57on the left well after leaving Kumamoto and as you approach Aso. If you stop there, you will see magnificent wood furniture and carvings. You don't have to buy anything; it is a wonderful place just to look around. Aso has many hot springs, too. While in Takachiho, see the shrine and the deep valley river where it is worth it to rent a rowboat and row up the river. The deep valley is only about 100 to 150 meters long and the river flows slowly, so it is an easy row, even if you don't have experience rowing a boat.

Yamba, Australia
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24. Re: Beppu to Mt Aso and on to Takachiho

Thank you so much ETFlyer. I will get a town map and follow the route suggested. It’s good to have your other suggestions for stopping spots. I have looked at your other reviews and now have more ideas.

Yamba, Australia
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25. Re: Beppu to Mt Aso and on to Takachiho

Thanks for those hints John D. It is always nerve-racking the first time you drive in another country, but as you say the people are so courteous I’m sure we will be forgiven for our mistakes along the way. I’m very much looking forward to seeing this area, it will be our first visit to Kyushu and I’m already wishing we had more time there to enjoy it. I like the sound of the woodworking shop, my husband and I love seeing local crafts and the gorge at Takachiho is high on our list of places to visit. Thank you again for helping with our planning for this trip.

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