Chojabaru visitor center is a museum facility which introduces the nature and culture in Kuju area in Aso-Kuju National Park. In this center, you can enjoy exhibitions about local nature, a large satellite photograph, or a beautiful short-film about the four seasons in Kuju. Just behind this center, Tadewara marsh, which is registered under the Ramsar Convention, is spreading. It is nice and relaxing to walk along the wooden path built through the marsh.
We sincerely hope you will visit our center and get to know Kuju area.
|255-33 Ooaza-tano, Kokonoe-machi, Kusu-gun, Ooita prefecture
|9:00 – 17:00 (from November to April, close at 16:00)
|From December 29th to January 3rd
|about 450 vehicles
- From Oita
- About 30 minutes’ drive from Yufuin IC through Yamanami Highway
- From Aso
- About 40 minutes’ drive from JR Miyaji station through Yamanami Highway
- From Fukuoka
- About 40 minutes’ drive from Kokonoe IC through Sikisai Road
About Our Facility
Chojabaru Visitor Center is applied to a barrier free design.
Nature in Kuju
The nature in Kuju from grasslands to forests and mountains is introduced concisely.
Hi-definition theater(seating capacity: 40 people)
A beautiful short film about the nature in Kuju is shown. Group reservation is accepted.
- [The land of many colors](18min.)
Introducing the history of the Kuju Range and its seasonal changes.
- [A marsh teeming with life in the Kuju Range](15min.)
Introducing the flowers and creatures in Tadewara marsh, which have been preserved by the constant effort of local people.
Observation room, terrace
Seeing the Kuju Range in front of your eyes, you can relax yourself in this space. Having meals or snacks is allowed at the terrace.
Reception, museum shop
Our Staff members are always ready to help you at the information desk. Feel free to ask them questions about Kuju area. We also have a translation device at the desk.
Satellite photograph of Aso-Kuju National Park
A large satellite photograph of Aso-Kuju National Park is displayed on the floor. (reduction rate: 1/8000). Standing on it, you can learn about the geography of Kuju region. The touch panel devices are set around it to let you retrieve information about Kuju.
History and Nature of Kuju
History, geology, and ecology of creatures in Kuju are exhibited in detail. You can also enjoy the seasonal displays which you can touch and feel.
Tadewara Field Guide
Information about seasonal flowers and creatures is also available in this center. The history of Tadewara marsh is explained on the displayed panels. The video about the controlled burning in Kuju is also shown.
Tadewara Marsh is located at the northern foot of the Kuju Range. It has been registered under the Ramsar Convention since 2005 along with Bogatsuru Marsh. You can start at Chojabaru Visitor center and walk along the wooden path built through the marsh and the forest, enjoying seasonal flowers.