Kyushu Island lies southwest of Honshu. South Aso is on the west side of Kumamoto Prefecture, in central Kyushu. There stands a famous and regal 90-year old Kannon cherry tree.
In the middle of a great ranch stands a single majestic cherry tree. The mountains of Takadake, Nakadake, and Eboshidake tower in the horizon, providing a magnificent backdrop to the scene. At night, lights shining upon the cherry tree make for a dramatic and memorable flower viewing.
At JR Kumamoto Station, take the Hohi Honsen towards Bungo Takeda for 1 hour. Transfer at Tateno Station to Minami Aso Railways Takamori Line. Ride for 10 minutes to Kase Station. 52 minute walk to the Kannon Sakura.
Address: Kain, Minamiaso, Aso District, Kumamoto Prefecture
Airport: Kumamoto Airport
Golden national treasure recognized as world cultural heritage
Autumn in Japan, landscape dyed in red, orange, and brown
Majestic Mt. Fuji, viewed from the shores of a quiet, idyllic lake
Cherry blossoms and Field Mustard in full bloom on the river bank
Gorgeous Sakura tree, guardian of a hillside tea plantation
The stream weaves its natural beauty and color through the woods
Sakura blooms each spring from the south, covering Japan in a pink blanket as it travels northwards
Islands of Kagoshima, rich in drama and wonder
JAL cabin crews experience a segway tour.