Roads of Japan

Plan the perfect driving adventure with this helpful guide! Learn more about the things to consider before driving the most spectacular roads of Japan.

Eshima Ohashi Bridge is a steep rollercoaster bridge in Japan

Located in Tottori Prefecture of Western Japan, the Eshima Ohashi Bridge looks more like a roller coaster than a road. It is basically a highway to outer space, a shortcut to vomiting from nausea, making driving over this thing one seriously thrilling car ride. It's one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.

Kawazu-Nanadaru Loop Bridge rotates traffic through 720 degrees

Kawazu-Nanadaru Loop Bridge, in Japan, is an example of how to build a bridge from one mountainside to another when the sides of the mountain are so steep that it is not possible to build a road at the same elevation on both sides. It's one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. 

The horrifying Old Inunaki Tunnel in Japan

Old Inunaki Tunnel in Japan is a famous place where people have been killed or burnt to death and many murders took place here.

Irohazaka Winding Road is the ultimate scenic drive

Iroha-zaka is the name of a couple of famous winding roads located in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It’s the main access to connect the lower elevations around central Nikko to the higher elevations of the mountainous Okunikko region. Each corner has a letter of ancient Japanese alphabet, and you will see it in alphabetical order. 

Norikura Skyline Road is the highest public road in Japan

Located in Nagano Prefecture, in the central Chūbu region of Japan, the paved Norikura Skyline is a great road with stunning views.

Fuji Subaru Line: enjoy a drive among the clouds

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain of Japan at 3,776m (12,389ft) above the sea level. It’s an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08.

Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline will make you carsick just looking at it

Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline is the name of one of the most challenging drives on Earth. Located in the northern Tōhoku region of Japan, this road with 69 hairpin turns will make you carsick just looking at it. This scenic toll road goes from the foot of Mt. Iwaki up to the eighth station, at 1.247m (4,091ft) above the sea level It’s one of the most hairpinned roads in the world.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is the roof of Japan

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. This unique and spectacular route located on the boundary of Toyama and Nagano prefectures, in central Japan stretches over 37 kilometres (23 mi) and tops out at 2.450m (8,038ft) above the sea level.

A steep road (24%) to the top of Mount Ikoma

Mount Ikoma is a mountain pass at an elevation of 642m (2,106ft) above the sea level, located in the border of Nara Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture in Japan. The road to reach the summit is asphalted and includes peakes up to 24%.

Hakusan Shirakawa-go White, a tourist toll road in Japan

Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road is a very scenic drive located in central Japan. It's a beautiful, scenic winding mountain toll road, especially in autumn as the leaves are changing.

Kenashi Pass, a winding road only for experienced drivers

Kenashi Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,910m (6,266ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Gunma and Nagano prefectures, in Japan.

Gate Tower Building, a highway through a building

Located in Fukushima-ku, in downtown Osaka, Japan, Gate Tower Building is a 16-storey office building famous for the highway that passes three floors of the construction.

The nuclear National Route 6 from Namie to Tomioka

Located in Fukushima Prefecture, the Japan National Route 6 is a challenging drive through the tsunami-crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Japan.

Hakone Nanamagari is the Japanese drifting paradise

Located in central Japan, the infamous Hakone Nanamagari Route was one of the most crowded drifting spots, back in the 90s. It’s said to be the birthplace of drifting.

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