This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Aso. To help you make friends with Aso before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Aso, Japan, is a town with around twenty-seven thousand inhabitants nearby the famous Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The prefecture is part of the island of Kyushu, which is in the southwest of the Japanese archipelago. Mountains and volcanoes characterize the island and the active volcano of Aso is the reason for a significant number of tourists to visit the area. The source of the Kikuchi River is located in Aso. The Kikuchi River flows through the northern part of Kumamoto Prefecture. The biggest attraction in the area is without a doubt Mount Aso.
You can take either a train or a bus to get to the town of Aso. Departing from Kumamoto, it takes around an hour and forty minutes on the JR Hohi main line; alternatively, you can take a bus. Travel times of up to three hours can be common.
In the town of Aso, you can find a couple of hotels and guesthouses, mainly in southwest of the urban area. However, the number of Aso, Japan hostels is a bit limited. If you are flexible, you can also book a hostel on the south side of Mount Aso, which is nearby. Communication in English at your Aso, Japan hostel can be a problem, as the staff in Aso, Japan hostels and hotels does not speak much English in most cases. Generally, travelers can enjoy clean facilities and free Wi-Fi in the great majority of the accommodations.
The famous Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan. It is part of the Aso Kuju National Park, covering about seven hundred twenty-five square kilometres. The volcano is a perfect destination for hikers, nature lovers, and photographers. Due to volcanic activities, the volcano crater access can be closed off for tourists. Therefore, it is recommendable to get the latest information on the volcano before you go. The Aso Volcano Museum and the Aso Shrine -- one of the oldest in Japan -- are located in the region, as well.
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