Kuju in February

Mountain scenes with a late winter palette

 By Tristan Scholze   Apr 25, 2013

Visit Aso-Kuju National Park in central Kyushu once—anytime of year—and you’ve seen great beauty. But if you make the time to return again and again over a full year, you begin to know the character of this diverse region.

The Kuju mountains in the north side of the park combine with plateaus to offer scenic landscapes linked by the Yamanami Highway (Rt. 11). The namesake, Mt. Kuju, reaches 1787m (5,863 ft.) and is just shorter than Mt. Naka, the tallest peak on the Kyushu mainland at 1791m (5,876 ft.).

These images offer a glimpse of the area in late winter.

Name in Japanese
阿蘇くじゅう国立公園—aso kujū kokuritsu kōen—Aso-Kujū National Park

Photography by Tristan Scholze
Japan Travel Partner

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Relinda Puspita 2 years ago
Would love to go hiking up there.
Mandy Bartok 2 years ago
Relinda, I hiked the Kuju range in late April and it was a great time to go. We were a tad too early for the azaleas but the mountains were clear of all snow and the weather was good. Fall is also gorgeous up there. But I wouldn't go in winter unless you are a very experienced hiker and have all the necessary gear (crampons, etc).