Mount Aso/ Taka-Dake

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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.

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Vital Statistics

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


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.


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


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Mount Aso/ Taka-Dake: Kyushu asosan - © Walk Japan

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Mount Aso/ Taka-Dake: Kyushu asosan craters - © Walk Japan

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Mount Aso/ Taka-Dake: Aso Caldera - © flickr user- A.H.M...

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