It’s Hard to Believe That This Japanese Tourist Spot Was Once Destroyed By an Earthquake

Everything looks so perfect!

In 2016, Kumamoto Prefecture suffered through a series of earthquakes.

Aso, a city in the district famous for its large caldera, was also severely affected. Landslides greatly damaged the area, collapsing the Great Aso Bridge and causing all roads to become impassable.

Since then, however, Aso has steadily recovered and reopened their abundant nature-tourism spots.  

The Kumamoto Prefecture North Route’s reopening after restoration work made other routes accessible as well. The North Route is also the way to Aso’s Mt. Naka-dake.

Mt. Naka-dake
is an active volcano that comprises a part of Mt. Aso. It is a popular tourist spot that features a large crater. After the earthquake, the paths up to the mountain were cleared so tourists can continue to visit and admire the crater.

The beautiful view of Mt. Aso. All paths were completely cleared by April 26, 2016.

The famous Aso volcanic crater that tourists flock to observe.

Aso is also known as an ideal spot for driving and sightseeing, especially during spring time. Kusasenri-ga-hama is a grassland stretching around the base of Mt. Eboshi. Here, there are a lot of places to visit: the nature theme park Aso Farm Land, the Aso Monkey-Showman Theatre, and the hot spring called Hakusui Onsen.

The scenic grassland of Kusasenri-ga-hama offers a refreshing view for weary travelers.

Komezuka, one of Mt. Aso’s five peaks, is renowned for its unique upside-down cup shape.

Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™ (26 April 2018)

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