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Aso Nakadake 1st crater

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4.6 (2278)

Kurokawa, Aso, Kumamoto 869-2225, Japan

Active volcanic crater accessible by car, bus or walk that is sometimes closed due to toxic gas.

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Nathan f 2 months ago

Quite a sight. Massive plumes of steam are constantly rising from the crater. There are multiple concrete shelters to escape to nearby in case of an eruption. It's not beautiful in the traditional sense , yet it was a nice experience. It costs ¥800 yen to drive to the top, or if you want a workout, you can park much further down and walk everywhere

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Niko Z 3 months ago

It looks really great, but can’t see the lava. However if you choose to take the helicopter, you will able to see the lava clearly. It’s better to check the weather and the official website for information on crater restrictions. It may not open for viewing if the gas is too dangerous.

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Kian M 3 months ago

This place looks really amazing while viewing the beauty of the crater. I felt like I have just landed on planet mars. It looks dangerous but safer environment. If you want to visit here be sure to be healthy because you can’t gent inside if you have a heart problem or any lung diseases.

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Swee Chye Loh 3 months ago

Drove up to the crater. It costs 800 yen for a car to enter. It is quite breathtaking to see such natural phenomenon (active volcano). However, weather was cold (0 degrees) 🥶 with strong winds which can be unbearable. Please dress up appropriately! It is also not advisable for people with respiratory issues to enter as there are volcanic ashes.

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Pamela Gutierrez 4 months ago

Perfect morning with very little wind and just a slight smell of sulfur. The shelters are a little bit daunting since they signify possible danger. Never being this close to a volcano before I was surprised to hear it roaring- a reminder that it is alive. There are many walking trails and even a hiking trail on the boardwalk or trek up to Eboshidake or the more difficult Nakadake Stop by the museum, on the way up or on your return for great information about the flora and fauna of the region plus a great history of the volcano