An Introduction to Aso's Geosites

What is a geosite?

kusasenri geosite

The term "geosite" refers to sites within the geopark that have been recognized as important elements of the park's natural heritage. Some of these sites have been selected because they provide opportunities to experience the relationship between geology and history, culture, or daily life, as well as for their geological or topographical characteristics.

Thirty-three geosites are located in Aso Geopark. These sites are keys to understanding the land and people of Aso Volcano. Visiting them is a great way to learn more about the geology, history, and culture of the park.

Geo is a prefix that can mean earth, land, or ground

Map of Aso's Geosites

Map of Aso’s Geosites

List of Geosites

Number Geosite Name Theme Related Geo-points
1 Daikanbo Caldera Geosite Experience a world-class caldera (view from the north)
2 Nakadake Geosite Sense the activity of the earth through an active volcano
3 Kusasenri Geosite Grazing land and volcanic activity
4 Komezuka Geosite Topography and geological features formed by a relatively new volcanic group
5 Furubochu Geosite Volcanic activity and mountain religion
6 Sensuikyo Gorge Geosite Rocky peaks and alpine plants
7 Mt. Kishimadake Geosite Recent volcanic activity dating to several thousand years ago
8 Fumotobochu Geosite One town's history and culture
9 Mt. Ogidake Geosite An isolated peak on the pyroclastic flow plateau
10 Koganotaki Falls Geosite Falls on the outer rim of the caldera
11 The Deity of the Volcano Geosite Seek the roots of the culture centered on Aso Volcano
12 Cluster of Springs in Aso Valley District Geosite Alluvial fan and artesian aquifer
13 Futaenotouge Mountain Pass Geosite Myths and history
14 Aso Yellow Ocher (Aso Odo) Geosite Environmental and cultural gifts from the volcano
15 Uchinomaki Hot Spring Geosite Historic hot spring town
16 Milk Road Grassland Geosite Vast grasslands cover the north rim
17 Oshito-ishi Geosite Fusion of nature and culture
18 North Outer Rim Pyroclastic Flow Geosite Understanding the vast pyroclastic flow
19 Oguni-go Area Hot Spring Geosite Hot spring village formed by volcanic activity
20 Ikeyama and Yamabuki Geosite Sources of spring water
21 Sankin-kotai Road Geosite Road utilizing natural topographic features
22 Kusakabe Geosite Kudariyama Shrine, dedicated to the god of Aso
23 Camel Mountain (Rakuda-yama) Geosite Scenery featuring intrusive rocks
24 Cluster of Springs in Minami-Aso District Geosite Springs created by the volcano and the daily life of local people
25 Jigoku and Tarutama Hot Springs Geosite Geothermal area and hot springs, explosion crater
26 Nango Valley Geosite Characteristic topography related to the formation of Nango Valley
27 Mt. Rakanyama Geosite Understand unusual formations
28 Tawarayama Mountain Pass Caldera Geosite Experience the grand scale of the caldera (view from the south)
29 Tateno Gorge Geosite Intersection of fault activity
30 Shiraitonotaki Falls Geosite Waterfall formed by lava on the outer rim
31 Omine Volcano Geosite Visit and active fault
32 Soyokyo Gorge Geosite A beautiful valley created by a volcano and springs
33 Heitate Shrine Geosite Connect with the world of the gods