Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline

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.

How long is Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline?

The road is totally paved. If you love long, windy roads that stretch out to great altitudes, you’ll be a huge fan of this road up to this volcano. Along with the breathtaking views from the top of the mountain is the near endless riding thrill provided by the road itself. This scenic toll road, managed and operated by Iwaki Skyline Co., Ltd runs from Ajigasawa Highway, at the foot of Mt. Iwaki -known as Tsugaru-Fuji for its conic shape-, up to the eighth station, at 1.247 meters (4,091 feet) above the sea level. At the summit is a parking lot with a chairlift to the top of the volcano. A natural forest of 90 year-old beech trees near the 3rd station makes for a superb ride up the twists and turns. A race is held on the climb every year and draws riders from far and wide to test themselves on this 10km climb.

Is Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline open?

Located in the outskirts of the city of Hirosaki, the zig-zagging road is open from Mid April to late October. The gate is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Road closed from 5:00 p.m.). Bicycles aren’t allowed access even when the road is open.

Is Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline steep?

The road, opened on 25 August 1960, is very steep. Starting at Ajigasawa Highway, at 441m above the sea level, the ascent is 9.3 km (5.77 miles) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 806 meters and the average gradient is 8.66% with sections up to 10%.
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