Mount Aso/ Taka-Dake
Key information: Mount Aso/ Taka-Dake
- Climb the volcanic mass at the centre of the huge and stunning Aso Caldera, taking in its highest point, Taka-dake. Superb and fascinating walking.
- Walkopedia rating86
- Natural interest18
- Human interest2
- Negative points0
- Total rating86
- Length: 5 hours or so
- Maximum Altitude: 1,529m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
The Aso Caldera could be mistaken for merely a wide fertile plain, but it is a huge collapsed volcano (caldera), included one of the world's largest, with a large multi-faceted volcano, Mount Aso, the most active volcano in Japan, at its heart.
Mount Aso has multiple peaks, craters, and vents, and is perpetually belching sulphurous steam. Taka-dake is its highest excrescence at 1,592m. The climb winds up through extraordinary volcanic desolation, past huge craters and spectacular colours and formations. At the top you get huge all-round views of the green caldera floor and the surrounding mountains.
Best months: Spring to Autumn. Rainy season is very wet.
A section in Lonely Planet's Trekking in Japan. Find relevant books on Amazon.
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