Access to Mt Aso crater resumed

Access to Mt Aso crater resumed

Access to Mt Aso crater resumed

Partners Information: Access to Kumamoto Prefecture’s Mt Aso has restarted with the new Mt Aso Loop Shuttle Bus operated by Kyushu Sanko Tourism Co., ltd.

This bus provides alternative transport to the Mt Aso Ropeway, which is still currently out of operation.

Large sized coaches cannot access the crater area so guests must use this Loop Shuttle Bus.

The Mt Aso Loop Shuttle Bus is wrapped in Kumamon, the symbolic icon and popular mascot of Kumamoto. The inside is also fully decorated with Kumamon.

Enjoy the ride and the amazing scenery of Mt Aso.

Boarding section

Aso-san Nishi Station (Sanroku Station) ~ Kako Nishi Station (Kako Sancho)

Service start date

24 April 2018

Operating hours

9:00 ~ 16:00



Adults 1,200 yen Children 600 yen

One way

Adults 750 yen Children 370 yen

*Service may be suspended due to volcanic and weather conditions.

Fast Pass service

As the Mt Aso Crater can get crowded, reserve your loop bus ‘Fast Pass’ free of charge for smoother and faster boarding.

Available time slots

  1. 9:00-10:00
  2. 10:00-11:00
  3. 11:00-12:00
  4. 12:00-13:00
  5. 13:00-14:00
  6. 14:00-15:00
  7. 15:00-16:00

Fast pass reservations & enquiries

For visitors

Email: [email protected]

For Travel Agents

Email: [email protected]