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You must really take this route. All the better if you are driving because you can stop at certain... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hairpins galore

Irohazaka is a pair of winding roads that connect central Nikko to the higher elevations of the... read more

Reviewed November 20, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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Chugushi, Nikko 321-1661, Tochigi Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You must really take this route. All the better if you are driving because you can stop at certain places just to take in the view of the scary deep drop below!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DSelase
Reviewed March 2, 2019

This road up from Nikko to Lake Chuzenji is incredible. there are 48 hairpin bends up and down. This is mainly a one way system with two lanes in each direction which is very handy for the buses having to navigate the route. You get...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Brian M
Reviewed January 20, 2019 via mobile

This windy road at the outskirt of Nikko - Tochigi prefecture, was definitely the highlight of our trip. We drove in a rental car from Tokyo, stayed a couple of nights at Nikko. The view was simply breathtaking, under a canopy of trees, at the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank JeffreyHartono
Reviewed November 20, 2018

Irohazaka is a pair of winding roads that connect central Nikko to the higher elevations of the mountainous Okunikko region. Known more famously for its 48 hairpins, both roads are best enjoyed from late October to early November during the autumn season. Be aware though...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank eugenef36
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We drove this route and it was an enjoyable drive. The roads are well laid with ample space to switch back on the hairpin corners, so we didn't find it difficult to drive during autumn. Even at places where traffic was backed up, it was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SunnySGP
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Aside from having some of the most gorgeous autumn views in Japan along the route, it was an Initial D race stage and will have some nostalgic value for those who have watched the show or played the game from a decade ago. There are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank chongcp
Reviewed October 31, 2018

We took bus thru the road but the surrounding still lack full color and the returning bus was jam for 1.5 hrs to get thru from station 26 to the JR station. a bad day . It was worst the day before when we arrived...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ElbertPoh
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Known for its switch backs and sharp corners as it snakes up the mountain, the view is magnificent especially with the autumn colours at its peak. The bus can get very full so be prepared to stand all the way up and down at peak...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Aprilflame
Reviewed December 20, 2017

Our much-anticipated drive on the irohazaka was quite disappointing since we were constantly stuck behind big tour buses and braking-for-no-reason weekend drivers (we d on drove this on a Monday morning in early Nov). A true driver would not enjoy the experience. In fact we...More

Date of experience: November 2017
3  Thank BeyondBanalityBlog
Reviewed November 14, 2017

It was really good color leaves. If you like driving a car, i'm sure you can enjoy here. There's cable car, and people can enjoy the view from top of the mountain. When i visited at cable car station, a big typhoon was coming, and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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