Yamanami Highway

Oita Yamanami

The journey along the Yamanami Highway from Yufuin to Aso, in neighbouring Kumamoto Prefecture is one of Japan’s greatest scenic drives. This winding, country road winds makes its way south through an ever changing landscape of forests and farms, across the Handa Kogen plateau to Chojabaru marshes, before climbing up to and over the Maki-no-To Pass in the Kuju mountains before descending to Aso over hilly grasslands. Here the road reaches a dramatic finalé at the rim of a huge and spectacular caldera in the middle of which Mt. Aso-san, an active volcano, sends plumes of vapour into the skies.

At a glance

A three-hour drive through beautiful and multi-varied, rural countryside

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