One of Kyushu’s highlights, Mount Aso is the world’s largest volcanic caldera measuring around 21 km in diameter with a in a surreal landscape of grassy plains, small lakes, waterfalls and active volcanic peaks occasionally emitting smoke and ash.

Aso has a long history of habitation, and today a community of around 50,000 live within the crater, making a living by herding and farming in the rich volcanic soils. Being in the centre of Kyushu, Mount Aso combines well with most other parts of Kyushu and offers a mix of beautiful natural scenery with a taste of rural Japanese lifestyles in this most unlikely of settings.