Aso Volcano Museum, Aso

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The is a museum that explains volcanoes. It is near Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan.The Museum is in Kusasenri, Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture.
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  • July 23, 2017
    The idea of a museum is nice, but all the info and the construction of it dates back to the years 90. Fun as pastime, but not worth it
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  • May 12, 2017
    Visit to the Museum is very interesting and also shows how the Japanese are playful. I strongly recommend to anyone interested in geology and nature.
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  • May 2, 2017
    No possibility to visit the ASO volcano Museum because building to strongly move during the recent eruptions. Important works are underway. Serge M. CHALLUY
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  • March 11, 2017
    We haven't been inside, but people working there can speak English and they were very helpful and kind 😊
  • June 17, 2017
    You can know the origination of Mt. Aso.
  • July 7, 2017
    Froggy
  • April 20, 2015
    The exhibition is really dated, most exhibits haven't been updated since the museum's opening in the early 1980s. (Sure, the facts displayed might not have changed, but the means to convey them have.) The entrance fee isn't exactly cheap; considering that, the overall experience is underwhelming. For people who don't read Japanese, it's hardly possible to follow. Not much explanation in English. While the website says there is a free audio guide (which we only noticed after our visit), we weren't offered one when we bought our tickets and there was no sign of an audio guide at the ticket counter. If you go to Mount Aso, you probably should visit the museum anyway. Try to get a guide in your language you're interested in the science part.
  • July 5, 2016
    The museum in general is OK, but it looks a little bit outdated, as it has been opened about 20 years ago, and all dioramas and pictures are from then.

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Where to stay in Aso

Aso possesses plenty of accommodations, either within the main city itself, or in the surrounding rural areas. For the most convenient accommodations, simply look along the train line that runs to the north of the volcano, where you'll see a range of hotels and guesthouses, with a mix of luxurious and basic options to choose from. North of the main town, a number of hotels and "ryokan" (traditional guesthouses) get as close as they can to the hot spring. This pattern continues throughout the more rural areas, with clusters of spa hotels close to the hot springs.
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