The Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline is one of the most challenging drives on Earth. Located in the northern Tōhoku region of Japan, this road with 66 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.
It’s a difficult road, with uncountable turns and twists. 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.
The road is paved. This scenic toll road, run by Iwaki Skyline Co., Ltd, goes from the 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 there’s 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. The zig-zagging road is open from Mid April to late October.
This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. 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. The road is very steep. Starting from the Ajigasawa Highway, at 441m, the ascent is 9.3 km 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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