Kumamoto's Laputa-no-michi

A narrow, winding road with amazing views of Mt. Aso

By Sandra Isaka    - 1 min read

When driving in the Aso area of Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, be sure to travel up Laputa-no-michi, or 'Laputa's Road'. This narrow, winding road climbs past grassy fields, sometimes through a layer of clouds, toward a ridge line with amazing views of Mt. Aso. The road is named after the floating island, Laputa, which is featured in the Ghibli animation movie, 'Castle in the Sky'. Stop at the top end of the road and take a walk along the short, but extremely scenic trail.

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Sandra Isaka

Sandra Isaka @sandra.isaka

As an intercultural consultant & Japan travel specialist with 20+ years in Japan, I love sharing my favorite places with others.