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Hakusan Super Rindo Forest Road

Hakusan Super Rindo Forest Road is a very scenic drive in Japan. This winding mountain toll road links Hakusan City in Ishikawa Prefecture with Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture. It's a beautiful, scenic drive, especially in autumn as the leaves are changing.

This tourist toll road winds its way through dramatic mountain scenery. A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. It's 33.3km long and rises to over 1400 meters above sea level. The road is open from early June through mid November. Season: June 1 to November 10 (it might change with weather reason.) Open: From June to August 7:00 to 18:00. From September to November 8:00 to 17:00.
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! It offers visitors sweeping panoramic views, hiking trails and a variety of waterfalls along the way. The road is beautiful during the summer when the surrounding forests are lush and green; however, it is at its best during the autumn months.
The road is asphalted and opened in 1977. Usually it takes about one hour to drive. It is a road exclusively used by cars, and pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles cannot enter as a general rule.
The road includes several tunnels. The speed limit is 30km/h. The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. It’s a sightseeing route through the adjacent alpine nature reserve of Hakusan National Park. On the Gifu side of the mountains the road is extremely curvy and there are few stops along the way. The road quickly gains elevation leading to a tunnel that connects the two prefectures.
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