Yamanami Highway (Oita) やまなみハイウェイ
A driving course taking through Kyushu's scenic spots and hot spring towns
Running through the grass-covered hills of Kyushu , this highway is a popular route for a scenic roadtrip. It connects Beppu Kanko International Port in Beppu City and Ichinomiya in Aso City. It is also known as Prefectural Route 11. Its exceptional beauty, peppered with rural villages and hot spring towns, makes it a favorite on the itineraries of road trippers in Japan.
The drive includes stunning views of the area's mountains and vast plains
Don't forget to visit the hot spring towns en route, including Beppu, Yufuin, Kokonoe, Kuju, and Nagayu
There are ample opportunities for hiking, birdwatching and taking in the nearby area
How to Get There
Car rental facilities are available in nearby towns. The Kyushu Odan Bus, known as the Trans Kyushu Bus runs between Kumamoto and Beppu , stopping at Kumamoto Airport, Aso , Kurokawa Onsen, the Kuju Mountains and Yufuin. There are several buses per day, so check timetables ahead of travel.