Recommend Drive Course

Start at Kumamoto Airport, end at Oita Airport

2-night 3-day Course taking in Kumamoto and Oita

Departure from Kumamoto AirportRenting cars

Approximately 45 minutes

Kumamoto Castle

MapCode:29 489 671*65

Kumamoto Castle was built over a period off seven years by Kato Kiyomasa, a famous Japanese military commander. This magnificent castle is one of the "Three Famous Castles of Japan," with three towers on the expansive grounds (circumference: approximately 5.3 kilometers) together with a large number of turrets and castle gates. *Seriously damaged during the Kumamoto Earthquake of 2016, many parts of the castle are currently inaccessible. Visitors can view the Ninomaru Square and Kato Jinja Shrine, from which the castle keep and turrets can also be seen.

1-1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Late March to early April

Approximately 15 minutes

Great Isshingyo Cherry Tree

MapCode:256 276 791*36

The huge 400 year-old 14 meter high cherry tree stands in the field of rapeseed. The cherry blossoms and rapeseed bloom at more or the same time, a sight well worth seeing with the bright yellow of the rapeseed forming a carpet below the beautiful cherry blossoms.

3226-1 Nakamatsu, Minami Aso-mura, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Late March to early April

Approximately 50 minutes

Daikanbo Observation Point

MapCode:256 878 354*82

This is thee best spot for viewing Mount Aso (The Aso Five Peaks), the alignment of the five peaks of which resemble Shakayamuni, the historical Buddha, giving rise to the name "Reclining Buddha."

2090-8 Yamada, Aso-shi, Kumamoto Prefecture

Approximately 30 minutes

Stayover at the Kurokawa Hot Spring Resort

MapCode:440 542 848*43

A number of scenic hot spring resorts, Japanese-style Ryokan inns and hotels are located in the depths of the rich natural environment of the woodlands of Mount Aso. Visitors purchasing a wooden hot spring admission token can enjoy all kinds of outdoor baths at their leisure.

6594-3 Manganji, Minami Oguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture (Kurokawa Onsen Ryokan Association)

Approximately 15 minutes

Yamanami Highway

MapCode:440 578 793*72

Driving course from Oguni-machi in Aso-gun, where the Kurokawa hot spring resort is located, to Yufuin. One of the 100 Famous Roads of Japan, this road gives a view of the magnificent Kuju Mountain Range.

Oaza-Yutsuba, Kokonoe-machi, Kusu-gun, Oita Prefecture, Yamanami Highway Observation Point

Approximately 45 minutes

Yufuin Roadside Station

MapCode:269 324 796*86

Located straight ahead when exiting the Yufuin IC, the convenient roadside station gives visitors a chance to take a break from driving, shop at the produce corner where local products are available, and collect information on sightseeing in Yufuin from tourism information guide staff.

899-76 Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita Prefecture

Approximately 10 minutes

Row of cherry trees along the Oita River, Yufuin

MapCode:269 328 636*10

On the [Yufuin Nature Trail] along the Oita River near Yufuin Station, visitors can see rapeseed in bloom on one bank of the river and cherry blossoms on the other. The scene of brilliant rapeseed and cherry blossoms in bloom separated by the river with Mount Oita in the background is really photogenic.

Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita Prefecture
Best time for cherry blossom viewing in the average year: Early April

Approximately 10 minutes

Lake Kinrin

MapCode:269 359 583*05

One of the most popular sightseeing spots in Yufuin. The scales of the fish swimming in the lake reflecting the setting sun glitter with a golden color, hence the name [Lake Kinrin (golden fish scales)].

1561-1 Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita Prefecture

Approximately 5 minutes

Strolling around Yufuin

MapCode:269 358 434*76

On [Yunotsubo Street] that runs from Lake Kinrin to Yufuin Station, visitors will find rows of souvenir shops selling specialties of Oita and eating and drinking establishments serving local gourmet cuisine. Looking around the numerous art museums that can be found here and there in Yufuin is also recommended.

Yunotsubo, Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita Prefecture (Yunotsubo street)

Approximately 10 minutes

Stayover at Yufuin Hot Spring Resort

MapCode:269 357 117*82

One of Japan's best-known popular hot spring areas. With its public hot spring baths, hot spring baths at scenic traditional Japanese-style Ryokan inns and large bathing areas in hotels, Yufuin hot spring resort offer visitors the chance to enjoy one of Japan's leading hot spring areas in their own way.

8-2 Kawakita, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita Prefecture (JR Yufuin Station)

Approximately 45 minutes

Touring Beppu hot springs

MapCode:46 521 439*44

Beppu hot springs is a popular Japanese hot spring city. The hot fumes and water gushing from the hot springs are compared to hell and the course takes in seven of these "hells," each with different colors and shapes. The course takes about 3 hours, and visitors are recommended to refer to pamphlets available locally to check details such as the best order to travel around the springs.

559-1 Oaza-Kannawakami, Beppu-shi, Oita Prefecture (Umi Jogoku)

Approximately 40 minutes

MapCode:265 238 018*21

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