We Visit One of Japan’s Stunning Secret Destinations: the “Road to Laputa” in Kumamoto

We Visit One of Japan’s Stunning Secret Destinations: the “Road to Laputa” in Kumamoto

If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into an animated film from Studio Ghibli, “The Road to Laputa” in Kyushu is one place you won’t want to miss.

As the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, Kyushu is a world away from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. With abundant hot springs and several active volcanoes, the area has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country, particularly around the Mount Aso region in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Mount Aso is an active volcano with one of the world’s largest calderas, which measures up to 26 kilometres in diameter and 100 kilometres in circumference. A caldera is formed when a volcano collapses into itself after an eruption, resulting in a large, basin-like depression and an outer rim that makes for an unusual landscape and some stunning scenery.

Here on Mt. Aso, the road that runs through the expansive grasslands along the ancient rim is known as “Milk Road”, due to its large population of grazing cows. If you know the way, it will also lead you to one of Japan’s best-kept secret locations: the Road to Laputa.

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