Aso Volcano

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Kumamoto, Japan
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Mount Aso (Aso-san) is an active volcano in the center of Kyushu. Its ancient caldera ranks among the world's largest, with a diameter of up to 25 kilometers and a circumference of over 100 kilometers.
The huge caldera contains the town of Aso and several volcanic peaks, including Nakadake, whose spectacular, active crater is easily accessible to tourists by toll road or ropeway.
Note that the crater area is often partially and sometimes completely closed off to visitors due to poisonous volcanic gases. Gases can be intense even when the area is open, and people with respiratory problems should refrain from seeing the crater.
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The Nakadake Crater can be reached in a 30-40 minute bus ride from JR Aso Station. There is one bus about every 1-2 hours. The one way trip costs 540 yen, and is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Buses go only as far as Asosan Nishi Station, from where it is a short ropeway ride (820 yen round trip) to the crater. Alternatively you can walk to the crater in about 30 minutes.
 
Cars can drive all the way to a parking lot just next to the crater, but must pay 560 yen for the last kilometers, which is a toll road.
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Nov 5, 2009
It was the place what I was interested in the most in my trip,but the weather detroyed my plan. I couldn't see anything about the mountains. We decided we climb it despite the fog and rain to feel/know we are on an active volcano, but finally it impossible. The pics show a wonderful place so I have to go back!
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Jul 27, 2010
Very very beautiful. Amazingly big caldera
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