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Getting Here and Around
Kyushu-Sanko buses make frequent runs between Kumamoto City Kotsu Center, the Aso Nishi cable-car station at Asosan-jo, and Kurokawa Onsen. The Kyushu bus continues from Kurokawa Onsen to Yufuin and Beppu.
The JR Hohi Line runs between Kumamoto Station and JR Aso Station (¥1,680, express; ¥1,080, local) and also connects Aso to Kagoshima (¥7,400). From JR Aso Station you must board a Ky Sanko bus (40 minutes; ¥540 one-way) to get to Aso-San Nishi Station. Buses run every one to two hours starting at 8:30; the last bus down is at 7:44. From there you can walk 30 minutes to the crater or take the Aso Nishi Cable Car (4 minutes) to the terminus at Kako Nishi (West Crater). Aso-san makes an excellent stopover on the way to Yufuin from Kumamoto. The JR Odan Line also connects JR Aso Station to Yufuin via change in Oita (¥4,850).
If you start early, you can make Aso-san a day trip. You have until 9 for the last Kumamoto-bound train, but the last bus back to distant Aso Station is at 5. If you want to spend more time in the park, spend the night in one of the many mountain pensions clustered in the southern half.
Kyushu-Sanko Buses (096/354-4845.)
JR Aso Station (1444-2 Kurokawa, Aso-shi, Kumamoto-ken, 869-2225. 0967/34-0101.)
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