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It's summer in cheerful Kumamoto! Have fun in Aso!  Active summer holiday

Since the Kumamoto Earthquake in April 2016, Kumamoto has been working hard on reconstruction.
National Road 57 heading to Aso is currently closed, but the Milk Road and other detours are available.
Summer has always been a great season to enjoy Aso. Be active and have fun in Aso this summer too!

  • Pâtisserie d'Aso MIYUKI
  • Hotarumaru Cider from Aso Okamoto
  • Shirakawa Water Source
  • Takamori Yusui Tunnel Park
  • Takamori Dengaku-no-Sato
  • Aso Shrine
  • Aso Torimiya
  • Island Resort Aso   El Patio Ranch
  • Information on roads toward Aso

Aso / Uchiomaki area



A retro warehouse stands in a quiet village, with white walls on which is written CLAMP. This renovated sake warehouse is an indoor bouldering facility where you can use your body and have fun regardless of the weather. Climbing walls are available from 90-degree (vertical) to 130-degree (very sloped), and anyone can enjoy bouldering including beginners and experienced climbers. Many children and women use the facility, and even beginners can readily enjoy the bouldering.

What is bouldering?
Address 48, Uchionomaki, Aso-shi
TEL 0967-32-0928
Opening hours March to October: 9 am to 6 pm
November to February: 10 am to 6 pm
Closed Thursday (open if a holiday) *Open on Thursdays during August
Parking space Available

Pâtisserie d'Aso MIYUKI

Pâtisserie d'Aso MIYUKI

MIYUKI is a Western confectionery shop in Uchinomaki Hot Spring Town. This shop offers various sweets made from abundant ingredients produced in the rich nature of Aso, such as fresh milk, cheese, eggs and fruits. Mr. Yamashita, the pâtissier, opened MIYUKI in his hometown of Aso in 1990 after training in Tokyo. He mainly offered sweets from Tokyo at first, but then started to make sweets that make the most of local ingredients to promote Aso. The shop's name MIYUKI means "taste of happiness" in Japanese, and carries the hope of bringing happiness through these delicious tastes.

Pâtisserie d'Aso MIYUKI
Pâtisserie d'Aso MIYUKI
Pâtisserie d'Aso MIYUKI
Address 224, Uchinomaki, Aso-shi, Kumamoto
TEL 0967-32-0153
Opening hours 10 am-7 pm
Closed Tuesday
Parking space 5 spaces
Pâtisserie d'Aso MIYUKI

Aso Shrine

Aso Shrine

Aso Shrine is a historical shrine dedicated to twelve gods including Takeiwatatsu-no-Mikoto, the pioneering god of Aso, and is said to have the history of over 2000 years. The prayer stone that answers the prayers and Takasago Pine which is beneficial for matchmaking are located inside the precinct. The majestic Romon gate is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, and counted as one of Japan's three greatest Romon gates. Due to the Kumamoto Earthquake on April 16, 2016, the Romon gate and worship hall collapsed, and three sanctuaries and buildings inside the precinct were severely damaged. As the guardian shrine of the region and a place of comfort, the shrine needs to be restored quickly from this unprecedented disaster, but the restoration may take 10 years. Despite of damaged buildings, religious services are conducted as usual. The series of agricultural festivals including Onda Festival (July 28) and Tanomi Festival (September 25) held at the shrine are designated as Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan. Let's visit the shrine to pray for its speedy restoration.

Aso Shrine
  • The ablution area is named Kami-no-izumi (God's spring) and pure water flows out rhythmically.
  • It's cold and fresh!
  • The offertory box is located in front of the Romon gate.
  • You cannot go near the collapsed buildings. Please be careful inside the precinct.
  •  Praying for the speedy restoration of Aso Shrine...
  • We drew fan-shaped fortune slips.
Aso Shrine
Address 3083-1, Miyaji, Ichinomiya-cho, Aso-shi
TEL 0967-22-0064
Opening hours 9 am-5 pm
Parking space Available
Aso Shrine

Aso Torimiya

Aso Torimiya

Aso Torimiya is a meat shop established in 1955 in Aso Shrine Monzen-machi. It offers a wide range of meat including horse meat and Aso Aka beef. The most popular is "Barokke", handmade croquette of horse meat, Kumamoto's specialty. Ready-made dishes such as deep-fried meat and skewed Aso Aka beef are also available. Fried foods are cooked upon order and you can enjoy them crispy and hot. Processed meat such as Salisbury steak, as well as locally-produced seasonings such as classic soy sauce, salad dressing and Yuzu pepper, are also available at the shop.

Aso Torimiya
Aso Torimiya Aso Torimiya
Aso Torimiya
Address 3092-2, Miyaji, Ichinomiya-machi, Aso-shi
TEL 0967-22-0357
Opening hours 8:00-19:00 Fried food is available from 9 am
Closed days Open every day
Parking space Available
Aso Torimiya

Hotarumaru Cider from Aso Okamoto

Hotarumaru Cider from Aso Okamoto

Hotarumaru Cider is a locally-produced cider made with spring water from Monzen-machi. It has a muscat-flavored simple taste and refreshing green color. Hotarumaru is the name of a prestigious sword which has been passed down among the chief priests of Aso Shrine. It was designated as a National Treasure in 1931 but unfortunately got lost amidst the post-war confusion. The production and sales of Hotarumaru Cider started as part of Aso Shrine Restoration Project after the earthquake. A bottle is sold at 300 yen, out of which 100 yen is donated for the shrine's restoration. Quench your thirst while wishing for the speedy restoration of Aso Shrine. Hotarumaru Cider is sold in shops around Monzen-machi.

Hotarumaru Cider from Aso Okamoto
Contact Aso Okamoto
Address 217, Uchinomaki, Aso-shi
TEL 0967-32-0035
Hotarumaru Cider from Aso Okamoto

Recommended tour of spring fountains

Recommended tour of spring fountains

Restaurants and cafes which serve food from Aso, and souvenir shops stand side by side in Monzen-machi. Rain and snow that poured into the grand mountains of Aso become pure spring water over many years and flow out rhythmically from "mizuki" (spring fountains of drinking water) across Monzen-machi. Each shop has a mizuki with an original name ending either with Izumi (spring) or Mizu (water), and you can quench your thirst with cold water during your walk under a retro, traditional atmosphere. One of the recommended spots is Nakamachi Yusui Spring which is located at the back of the parking space on Nakamachi-dori. As water flows out directly onto the ground, it is not named Izumi or Mizu like other spots but called Yusui (natural spring water). You can enjoy fresh, delicious water of Aso there.

Walk around Monzen-machi which reminds of the old times.
We enjoyed the fresh spring water. Do not step into the spring water sources!

Island Resort Aso   El Patio Ranch

At El Patio Ranch, even beginners can enjoy horse riding without a lead rope in the magnificent scenery of Aso. Surrounded by limitless plains and a 360-degree view with a circumference of 4 km, you can fully enjoy the sense of oneness with the horse and the comfort of horse riding which you cannot experience with a lead rope. At the restaurant EL PATIO, you can enjoy American gourmet such as barbecue of food from Kumamoto on Aso's lava plate, wildly-grilled beef stake, and American hamburgers, in the atmosphere of an American diner. Enjoy Aso through the refreshing horse riding experience in a spectacular location, delicious water and air, and dishes made from locally-produced ingredients.

Horse riding experience
Address Along Yamanami Highway, Sanno, Ichinomiya, Aso-shi
About 20 min. by car from Miyaji Station of JR Hohi Main Line
TEL 0967-22-3861
Opening hours 09:00~16:30
Closing days Open every day
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Minami-Aso area

Takamori Dengaku-no-Sato

"Dengaku" is a dish named after Dengaku dance which is performed as a prayer for abundant harvest. Its history dates back about 250 years when the local villagers who went on a pilgrimage ate Tofu Dengaku (miso-glazed and grilled tofu) in Kyoto and Izumo and adapted it to Tsurunokoimo, taro produced in Takamori. It is a simple local dish in which Tsurunokoimo is mixed with yamame trout and wild vegetables, seasoned with special Japanese pepper miso or citron miso, and grilled over charcoal fire in a traditional Japanese hearth. Enjoy the traditional local cuisine in a 200 year-old straw-roofed house filled with the charcoal smoke and sweet smell of miso.

Main set menus
Address 2685-2, Takamori, Takamori-machi, Aso-gun
TEL 0967-62-1899
Opening hours Winter season (December 1-19, January 13-March 13)
Weekdays 10 am-6 pm (last order 5 pm) / Saturday, Sunday and holiday 10 am-7:30 pm (last order 6:30 pm)
Summer season (March 14-November 30)
Every day 10 am-7:30 pm (last order)
*Please check the website for the opening hours during the New Year's holiday season. 。
Takamori Dengaku-no-Sato

Shirakawa Water Source

Shirakawa Spring Source is a famous site designated as one of the top 100 exquisite and well-conserved waters by the Ministry of Environment. Rain that poured into Aso Caldera becomes pure water over time and flows out here. The source flows out 60 tons of water every minute at the temperature of 14℃, and is the source of Shirakawa River which flows in the center of Kumamoto City. The water at the source can be taken home for free, and the heat-treated water is on sale. Takamori Yusui Tunnel Park, developed at the former mining site which closed due to the flowing spring water, is also located there. Water still flows out today inside the tunnel and is used as the water source of Takamori-cho. You can also enjoy the Water Pearl Fountain, the device in which water and light move mysteriously.

Shirakawa Water Source Shirakawa Water Source
Address 2092-1, Shirakawa, Minamiaso-mura, Aso-gun
TEL 0967-67-1111(Minamiaso-mura, Department of Commerce, Industry and Tourism)
Fees Environmental preservation cooperation fee 100 yen per person (high school students and older)
Parking space 100 spaces
Takamori Yusui Tunnel Park Takamori Yusui Tunnel Park
Address 1034-2, Takamori, Takamori-cho, Aso-gun
TEL 0967-62-1111(Takamori Town Office)
Fees Junior high school students and older: 300 yen, elementary school students: 100 yen, children before elementary school: free
Opening hours (April-October) 9 am-6 pm, (November-March) 9 am-5 pm
Parking space 10 spaces for large vehicles, 200 spaces for normal vehicles
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