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Daikanbo, viewing point near Mount Aso.

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Daikanbo offers unparalleled panoramic views of the majestic Mount Aso. Its name, literally translating to "grand observation peak," perfectly captures the essence of this natural wonder.


Soaring above the Daikanbo, the drone reveals a tapestry of emerald hills rippling outwards, each crest a brushstroke in nature's grand landscape.


When one drives up to the parking lot, you'll come across the souvenir shop and restaurant. The souvenir shop sells numerous local delights.


If you come across this yoghurt drink, you have got to buy it. It is, by far, the richest and yummiest yoghurt drink I have ever had.


Back to the main topic. The viewing platform is a short walk away from the souvenir shop.



If you're lucky, you may see cows grazing.


Daikanbo, perched atop one of Aso's seven volcanic noses, commands an awe-inspiring perspective of the caldera's vast expanse.


On a clear day, the vista unfolds like a breathtaking tapestry, revealing the undulating grasslands, smoldering volcanic peaks, and the mesmerizing interplay of light and shadow. Daikanbo's magic extends beyond the caldera's rim. Look southward, and you'll be greeted by the towering form of Nakadake, Aso's most active volcanic cone. On a lucky day, you might even witness plumes of smoke or steam billowing from its crater, adding a touch of drama to the already captivating scene.


Daikanbo's significance transcends its scenic beauty. Its history whispers tales of ancient Aso clans who used it as a strategic lookout point. Centuries later, it served as a crucial observation post for monitoring volcanic activity. Today, it stands as a testament to the enduring relationship between the local people and the awe-inspiring power of nature.


Daikanbo is also popular for stargazing at night.


Daikanbo View point

大観峰 Yamada, Aso, Kumamoto 869-2313, Japan

Large free carpark. Main carpark is only accessible until 5pm.

Free toilets




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