Mount Aso/ Taka-Dake

  • Kyushu buddhas  - © Walk Japan
  • Kyushu sakurajima - © Walk Japan
  • Kyushu asosan - © Walk Japan
  • Kyushu asosan craters - © Walk Japan
  • Aso Caldera - © flickr user- A.H.M
  • Caldera Of Aso, Japan  - © flickr user - pavel ahmed
  • Mt. Aso  - © flickr user - non-euclidean photography

Key information: Mount Aso/ Taka-Dake

    • Climb the volcanic mass at the centre of the huge and stunning Aso Caldera, taking in its highest point, Taka-dake. Superb and fascinating walking.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating86

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 5 hours or so
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,529m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Kyushu sakurajima - © Walk Japan

WALK SUMMARY

The Aso Caldera could be mistaken for merely a wide fertile plain, but it is a huge collapsed volcano (caldera), included one of the world's largest, with a large multi-faceted volcano, Mount Aso, the most active volcano in Japan, at its heart.

Mount Aso has multiple peaks, craters, and vents, and is perpetually belching sulphurous steam. Taka-dake is its highest excrescence at 1,592m. The climb winds up through extraordinary volcanic desolation, past huge craters and spectacular colours and formations. At the top you get huge all-round views of the green caldera floor and the surrounding mountains.

Best months: Spring to Autumn. Rainy season is very wet.

A section in Lonely Planet's Trekking in Japan. Find relevant books on Amazon.

Our friends Walk Japando an excellent sounding Kyushu expedition which includes both this area and the very special island of Yakushima.

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Kyushu asosan craters - © Walk Japan

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