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.

Hakone Nanamagari

Why is Hakone Nanamagari famous for?

Part of the Kanagawa Prefectural Route 732, this twisty section of mountain road was very popular in the 1990’s, because its easy drift condition attracted tones of drifters at weekends. The whole road was used only by drift cars. It was a drift hotspot from the late 80s to mid 2000s. Sometime in the mid 90s, the city installed anti-drift road material to deter drifters, but it didn't do anything. Packed with S13 Silvias, FC RX-7s, and box-type Lancers, this route was very popular and appeared in the anime Initial D fifth stage and many arcade games. Today, drifting races are not allowed.

How long is Hakone Nanamagari?

The road, also called “Old Tokaido 732, was completed in 1973. It’s totally paved. With 12 straight hairpin bends, the road is 11,2 km (6.95 miles) long running between Odawara and Mishima cities. Because of its bad condition, a new road was built to bypass this section.

Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez