Aso Kujū National Park or Kuju Moutain or Kujusan (九重 山) is a national park located in the central part of Kyushu, in Oita Prefecture of Japan. The park derives name from Mount Aso is largest active volcano in Japan. Aso-Kuju National Park offers hiking trails. The Hiking covers many routes and most of the hills are caused by volcanoes. The grass, wild flowers or open wide stone courtyard and holes with hot coughing out.
For climbing on the Kuju Trekking, people will start with the Makinoto Pass (33.095550, 131.207844 Google Map), which is the closest to the summit. But the parking space will be low, so during times when there are a lot of people going to park the car then start at the Chojabaru Visitor Center instead, which will take about 1 – 2 hours.
If starting from the Makinoto Pass breakpoints, the route is to the left side is souvenir shop. There will be signs throughout but will be in Japanese. There will be an intersection to the many peaks in this route therefore recommend to take pictures of characters that are on the way to the top of the hill or during the holidays a lot of people can walk along to the hill.
Admission fee: Free
Opening-closing time: Open everyday all the time but should go early because at least 7 hours of round-trip.
How to get there:
- From Kumamoto City or Beppu, there is a Kyushu Odan Bus that arrives at Mt. (Chojabaru Visitor Center) which has the name of the bus stop Kuju-tozanguchi bus stop. If coming from Kumamoto, takes 3 hours for 2,520 yen. From Beppu takes 2 hours for 2,010 yen.
- If coming from Fukuoka, take the JR bus to get off at Bungo Nakamura Station on the Kyudai Line. It takes 2 hours for 4,000 yen and then take the bus to Kuju-tozanguchi Opposite Shojabaru Tourist Center takes 1 hour for 940 yen. There are 8 cars running per day.
- Price can be change during period of time.