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KujuAso-Kuju National Park


Rest House Makinoto Pass Rest house

Makinoto Pass Rest house
The highest Kuju Mountain Range trailhead accessible by car.

Located at an altitude of 1,330 m above sea level, this is the trailhead used by most people who climb up the Kuju Mountain Range. It is also the highest point on the Kyushu-Odan Road (also known as the Yamanami Highway), and the highest rest area on the drive between Beppu and Aso, passing through Yufuin, Kuju, and Kurokawa. A short walk takes visitors on a stroll through alpine flora.

It is the sort of spot that allows visitors to enjoy Aso-Kuju National Park across the various seasons, while leaving them enchanted by the Kuju Mountain Range and wanting to hike in the mountains.

Facility Outline

Open:8:30 – 17:00 * Irregular holidays, depending on season and weather.
Closed:Irregular holidays
Usage Fee:Free of Charge
Foreign Languages Accommodated:None
Address:Makinoto Pass, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County, Oita Prefecture
Makinoto trailhead
Makinoto trailhead
The highest point along the Yamanami Highway
The highest point along the Yamanami Highway
Message from the Facility

The rest house shop mostly sells tourist souvenirs, but also has a lineup of first aid gear and climbing goods for mountaineers. Its cafe corner offers coffee as well as locally produced blueberry juice and other popular items.

Kyushu azalea in early summer (June), new greenery in summer, colorful foliage in autumn, and snowy mountains in winter can be enjoyed through light hiking in every season. The spot is popular with young and old alike, and is also recommended as a starting point for full-fledged hiking efforts. Visitors are encouraged to drop by when hiking or driving in a nearby area.