How to travel between Aso and Kurokawa
By Kyusanko Kyushu Odan Bus
The Kyushu Odan Bus travels between Kumamoto and Beppu, stopping at Aso Station and Kurokawa Onsen along the way. The one way journey between Aso Station and Kurokawa takes 50 minutes, costs 1200 yen and is covered by the Sun Q Pass. Click here for timetables and online reservations.
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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.