Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline: A Road So Winding, You'll Feel Dizzy Just Observing!

Located in Japan's northern Tōhoku region, the Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline is a thrilling drive with 69 hairpin turns. It’s one of the most hairpinned roads in the world.

Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline

What makes the Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline famous?

Managed by Iwaki Skyline Co., Ltd., this paved road starts at Ajigasawa Highway, at the base of Mount Iwaki, and ends at the eighth station, 1,247 meters (4,091 feet) above sea level. While the summit reaches 1,625 meters (5,331 feet), drivers can only go up to the 8th station. A lift takes adventurers to the peak.

Is it worth driving the Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline?

Definitely. Besides the excitement of the hairpin turns, the mountaintop offers breathtaking 360-degree views. For the adventurous, hiking from the eighth station to the summit is recommended, passing through a scenic 90-year-old beech forest near the 3rd station. Cyclists flock here annually for the challenging 10km stretch.

Is the Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline open?

Located near Hirosaki city in Aomori Prefecture, this road is open from mid-April to late October, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It closes at 5:00 p.m. Cyclists are not allowed on this route.

How steep is the Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline?

Opened on August 25, 1960, the road starts at 441m above sea level and climbs 806 meters over its 9.3 km (5.77 miles) length, with an average gradient of 8.66% and some sections reaching a steep 10% incline.