Irohazaka Route

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Peter S
Brookfield, CT28 contributions
Dec 2019
As a car enthusiast on this trip to Japan I convinced my wife (pretty easily) to travel up to Nikko for Irohazaka first and everything else second. We had rented an EK9 Civic Type R for a small road trip and we ended up staying at a ryokan at the top of the mountain next to Lake Chuzenji. I did this purposely to maximize the number of times we'd need to drive up and down the mountain. What an amazing road - it's an absolute work of art. Even going rather slowly you are still bound to run into traffic on the way down unless you go during off-peak hours when nothing around is open anyway.

The uphill side is 2 lanes, so that was easier to travel up and almost as fun as the downhill. There are quite a few spots you can pull off safely and take pictures/take in the view. The uphill side also has a cable car to bring you up higher for views of Kegon falls, Irohazaka, and the valley below. It takes maybe 15-20 minutes to go up or down but you can do a continuous loop pretty easily! There are also some nice hiking trails, water falls, and small businesses to enjoy at the top of the mountain before heading back down for some more fun and views.

Just watch out for the monkeys! We saw one at the top (awesome), then coming back up later in the day there were maybe 8-12 right at the bottom of the uphill. It made for some great extra character to the area but definitely keep an eye out for them!
Written November 19, 2020
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,055 contributions
Mar 2020
This road is famous for the amount of hairpin bends it has. Each band is numbered, probably to let the driver know when it will be over, and there are amazing views. Part of the tour when seeing the lake and the falls.
Written March 26, 2020
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jk-liu
Taichung, Taiwan1,976 contributions
Oct 2019
There is lots of Z shape of the route in the mountains. What exciting route. If you have a sports car then you can drive fast and race with nature.

We rode the city bus between Nikko and Lake Chuzenji several times.
In the beginning, my family doubts the city bus could drive on the Z shape route to get the mountain? It was, the driver let the bus fast and safe to arrive at tourists’ destinations many times every day.

That looks very exciting. But don't forget to buy a Nikko pass ticket before visiting Nikko. Because of all the areas of Nikko, bus and train fares are expensive.
Written November 13, 2019
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Dhanushka Wijerathna
Kandy, Sri Lanka91 contributions
May 2019 • Family
This is one of highlights of our tour. Had an exiting ride on the way up and down with 48 sharp bends. It was great that we drove ourselves where we got the opportunity to capture picturesque view of surrounding mountains by stopping at certain places. View is really breathtaking under canopy. Do not miss this route if you are visiting Nikko. But take care of selecting the route on google map to return back since you may trap with narrow route lay on forests which is really horrible in the evening.
Written June 14, 2019
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EarlyRetirementAbroa
Princeton, NJ2,904 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
We had an entertaining ride on the Irohazaka Route. Our tour guide explained the story behind the name and bends associated with the 48 letters of the Japanese alphabet.

Some part of the road produced an interesting sound. Hope your guide explains you where it is so you can enjoy a little entertainment on a way up and down. Great views!
Written May 14, 2019
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DSelase
31 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
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!!!
Written March 18, 2019
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Brian M
Montrose, UK1,553 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
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 some amazing views.
Written March 3, 2019
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JeffreyHartono
Singapore, Singapore45 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
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 peak of autumn colours, first few days of November. Lots of lookout points to take in sceneries of mountainous areas. On the way back to Nikko, the lookout overlooking the three waterfalls was simply out of this world. Highly recommended for visitors with their own rental car. The best part: it’s free.
Written January 20, 2019
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Eugene
Melbourne, Australia704 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
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 that travelling during this season is also a big pain due to the large number of cars and buses that will hog the narrow roads and make your journey painfully slow. Plan wisely and attempt to travel on both roads early in the morning.
Written November 20, 2018
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SunnySGP
Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
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 an orderly ascend or descend. Would recommend the drive to Yumoto and various stops along the way to enjoy the scenery.
Written November 7, 2018
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