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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.

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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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    • Aso Base Backpackers
      Budget-friendly
      Only a 3-minute walk from JR Aso Train Station, Aso Base Backpackers offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Guests can rent bicycles to tour the area and use the free parking on-site. Aso Shrine is a 10-minute drive away. Guests can stay in dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds or in private rooms. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. A coin-launderette is on-site and an internet PC can be used. A free-use kitchen is available for guests to cook their own meals and travel stories can be shared with each other at the common living room. Luggage storage is provided. Backpackers Aso Base is a 20-minute drive from Daikanbo and a 3-minute drive from Cuddly Dominion. Kumamoto Airport is a 50-minute drive away. The craters of Mount Aso are a 30-minute drive away and guests can enjoy hiking on its trails. No meals are served.
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    • Syukubo Aso
      Mid-range
      Situated in Aso, within 16 km of Mount Aso and 5 km of Aso Shrine, Syukubo Aso features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. At the ryokan, the rooms are fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at Syukubo Aso. Daikanbo is 13 km from the accommodation, while Aso Milk Ranch is 37 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 23 km from Syukubo Aso.
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    • Minshuku Asogen
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Aso, within 18 km of Mount Aso and 8 km of Aso Shrine, Minshuku Asogen features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The ryokan has newspapers and a fax machine and photocopier that guests can use. 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. Daikanbo is 13 km from Minshuku Asogen, while Aso Milk Ranch is 33 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 20 km from the ryokan.
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    • Guest House Asora
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Asora offers free Wi-Fi, rental bicycles and beds in Western and Japanese-style rooms. It also features a garden, a free-use kitchen and a coin-operated washing machine. JR Aso Station is a 10-minute walk away. Open since 2013, Asora is a non-smoking guest house. The common kitchen comes with a fridge, a stove and a microwave. A rice cooker and an electric kettle are also provided. Guests can socialise at the shared lounge. Shared dormitory rooms offer bunk beds with curtains or futon mattresses. Japanese-style rooms are for mixed use, and feature traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. Toilets and bathroom facilities are shared, and towels are available for rent for an additional fee. Guest House Asora is a 20-minute drive from view spot Daikanbo, and a 30-minute drive from Mount Aso. The nearest hot spring bathhouse is located within a 10-minute walk, while Kurokawa Onsen Hot Springs can be visited a 50-minute drive away. No meals are served.
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    • AsoTsuruya
      Mid-range
      Set in Aso, 21 km from Mount Aso, AsoTsuruya offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a bar. Around 200 metres from Aso Shrine, the property is also 14 km away from Daikanbo and offers free WiFi. The ryokan features family rooms. Guest rooms at the ryokan come with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. The units at AsoTsuruya feature air conditioning and a wardrobe. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Aso Milk Ranch is 45 km from AsoTsuruya. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 27 km from the ryokan.
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    • Yumeoi-so
      Luxury
      Boasting various hot spring baths that can be reserved for private use, Yumeoi-so provides chic Japanese-style accommodation. Guests can enjoy karaoke and table tennis for free. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the lobby. Yumeoi-so offers large public hot spring baths and 12 private-use hot spring baths for guestsf relaxation. A game room with traditional Japanese games and a kidsf room are available on site. Female guests can choose their own yukata robe when checking in. Rooms at Yumeoi-so feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. A low table and seating cushions are provided, and rooms come with facilities like flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. A Japanese and Western breakfast buffet is available. The property is a 15-minute walk from JR Aso Station. Mount Aso is a 30-minute drive, and Aso Farmland is a 25-minute drive away.
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    • Aso Resort Grandvrio Hotel
      Luxury
      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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