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Driving the Milk Road to Daikanbo

Revel in the beauty of rural Kumamoto prefecture

I challenge you to find a more scenic drive in Kumamoto Prefecture than the Milk Road, which traces the edge of the old Aso caldera. From its heights - and the eventual Daikanbo lookout - drivers are treated to wide-reaching views of the currently smoking Mt Aso as well as the stunning peaks of the Kuju Range over in Oita Prefecture. While the road sometimes closes in winter due to icy conditions (the access will be blocked by gates), the colder months also promise clearer skies, snow-capped hills and hot springs just down the road at Kurokawa Onsen.