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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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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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  • Regrettably, the earthquake has left the area with a Level 3 safety requirement. As of the date of posting, you cannot get within 3 km of the active caldera. The museum is open but you really need a c...  more »
  • The voyage to Aso from Kumamoto is a pleasant trip through the countryside on a quaint train. The town of Aso sits within a vast "caldera", and the volcano atop Mount Aso is the largest active volcano...  more »
  • The closest spot next to the Aso volcano. Interesting film about the volcano and its surrounding. Must try ice-cream.  more »
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  • We haven't been inside, but people working there can speak English and they were very helpful and kind 😊
  • You can know the origination of Mt. Aso.
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  • 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.
  • 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.