How to travel between Aso and Kumamoto

By train

Kumamoto and Aso stations are connected by local trains (100 minutes, 1130 yen one way, almost every hour) and limited express trains (70 minutes, around 2000 yen one way, every two hours) along the JR Hohi Line. All trains are covered by the Japan Rail Pass and the Kyushu Rail Pass (All Kyushu and Northern Kyushu versions).

By bus

Two types of buses ("Yamabiko" services and "Kyushu Odan" services) travel from Kumamoto (stopping at Kumamoto Station, the Sakuramachi Bus Terminal and the airport) to Aso Station before continuing on across Kyushu to Oita and Beppu respectively. The one way trip between Kumamoto Station and Aso Station takes around two hours, costs 1530 yen and is covered by the Sun Q Pass. "Yamabiko" buses operate once every 1-3 hours, while "Kyushu Odan" buses operate only twice per day. Reservations for the "Kyushu Odan" buses can be made online.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

A rental car is the recommended means of transportation in the Aso area. Although most tourist sites are served by public transportation, the trains and buses are not very frequent, and a rental car provides considerably more flexibility and comfort. Many rental car outlets are located in Kumamoto City and at Kumamoto Airport, but only a few can be found in the Aso area.

The transportation hub in Aso is Aso Station on the JR Hohi Line, which runs across Kyushu between Kumamoto and Oita. Buses run between Aso Station and the peak of Mount Aso. The Minami Aso Railway is for the most part only useful for travelers who plan on continuing to Takachiho, as there is a bus connection to Takachiho from around Takamori Station.

Hotels around Aso

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    • Minshuku Asogen
      Situated in Aso, within 30 km of Egao Kenko Stadium Kumamoto and 38 km of Kumamoto Castle, Minshuku Asogen features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is around 38 km from Suizenji Park, 39 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and 8.8 km from Mount Aso. The ryokan has family rooms. All rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. At Minshuku Asogen, the rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. KK Wings is 30 km from Minshuku Asogen, while Kuroishi Station is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 24 km from the ryokan.
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    • Syukubo Aso
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Syukubo Aso is situated in Aso, 33 km from Egao Kenko Stadium Kumamoto and 42 km from Kumamoto Castle. Featuring a garden, the 3-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Mount Aso is 7.3 km from the ryokan and KK Wings is 33 km away. All rooms at the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At Syukubo Aso the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Suizenji Park is 42 km from Syukubo Aso, while Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei is 42 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 28 km from the ryokan.
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    • Aso Resort Grandvrio Hotel
      Aso Resort Grand Vrio Hotel is located a 7-minute drive from Akamizu Train Station. It offers modern accommodation with indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths, a golf course and karaoke. Rooms have a satellite TV, a sofa and nature views. Guestrooms are equipped with a fridge. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. The hotel has 2 hot-spring baths on site, one indoor and the other outdoor. Guests can enjoy a massage, unwind at the sauna or try the gganbanyokuh stone spa for an extra fee. Other recreational facilities include a mini golf course. Barbecue facilities are available during the summer and require an advance reservation. Breakfast and dinner feature local Aso-style cuisine. Kumamoto Airport is a 40-minute drive from Hotel Aso Resert Grand Vrio.
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    • Aso Villa Park Hotel & Spa Resort
      A 15-minute walk from JR Aso Train Station, Aso Villa Park Hotel features accommodations with a flat-screen TV. Guests can soak in the indoor and outdoor public hot-springs baths with mountain views, and also request some for private use. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. The air-conditioned rooms feature a fridge and green tea. Some rooms feature Western-style beds with wooden floors, while some have tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. The en suite bathroom includes a hairdryer and slippers. Guests can purchase local products at the souvenir shop and take long walks in the spacious botanical garden. Luggage storage can be requested at the 24-hour front desk. Local light meals are available at Showa-kan. Refreshments are available at Cafe Patosu, and a Japanese and Western buffet is on offer at Papiyon. A breakfast buffet is served as well. Hotel Aso Villa Park is a 5-minute walk from Cuddly Dominion and a 30-minute drive from Nakadake Volcano. Aso Kumamoto Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
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