Scenic Drives in Japan

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Scenic Drives in Japan

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  • Andy S
    Adelaide80 contributions
    We stayed in Toyama for 5 days and this was one of our many day trips. Its starts with the ride on the train from Toyama (Dentetsu Toyama Station) and note JR Rail Pass does not cover this or any of the transport options in this trip. The train takes you all the way to Tateyama, about 60 minutes. The scenery is stunning from the train windows particularly as you get closer to Tateyama. I loved the stops we made at the local stations some of which appear to be original wooden structures. At Tateyama you purchase a ticket for the next stages of your journey. We choose a return trip to Murodo Station which is one of many stops along the alpine route. Once the ticket is purchased you then jump onto the cable way that drags you up the mountain. At the end of the cable way you hop onto buses that then take you to Murodo. We were here in late November and much of the Autumn leaves had gone although there are splashes of colour. However we had snow in the morning and blue skys for the rest of the day so Murodo was stunningly beautiful. There is a smell of sulpher in the air from the volcanic action in the area and gushes of steam. There are many walks in the are ranging from easy to difficult, particularly
    if you want to access the shrine at the top of Mt Tateyama. You could spend the whole day here. Note that we had a sunny day so things will be different if its fogged in or raining. There is a restaurant at Murodo. We left at 9am and got back to Toyama at 4:30pm. This trip is not available during the winter. I think the return trip cost us $80 AU each. To do the whole alpine route one way is about $120 AU. There is also a first class option on the train from Toyama, see photos. Toyama is a great base for a few days.
    Written December 29, 2019
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  • kschyuan
    Singapore, Singapore77 contributions
    Only if you like nature and quiet places, then you should come here. It’s a scenic place, but don’t expect anything else. It will probably take you half and hour or so to take some pictures. It’s a long drive from Kyoto or Otsu town. There is a small shop here for you to rest and have some coffee after enjoying the scenery. Come during autumn when the weather is cool and nice.
    Written December 19, 2019
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  • James F
    Tokyo134 contributions
    Popular with motorcyclists, the Pearl Road is a scenic route that runs from Toba city down to Shima city. It is only about 23 km long. Like the Ise Skyline, it has an observatory. In this case, it is a UFO-shaped building that needs a bit of TLC. Inside, you will find a cafeteria and a souvenir shop. However, the real reason you are here is for the view. And, it's a cracking view when the weather cooperates. Unlike the Ise Skyline, the Pearl Road is free. If you are going to Spain World, it is near the Shima end of the road.
    Written March 12, 2017
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  • Quinlan
    Morioka, Japan34 contributions
    The Hachimantai Aspite Line opens on April 15, and closes again in early November every year. In April there are enormous walls of snow towering on either side of the road forming the famous snow corridor.
    In the summertime it's great for visiting the summit to hike with beautiful views of the mountains along the way.
    In the fall the view of the autumn leaves is unrivaled! Really a great road to drive for the entire period that it's open.
    Written December 3, 2019
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  • 1966Jamo
    Takaoka, Japan87 contributions
    The Hakusan National Park is beautiful, though winter access to the White Road isn't possible due to the snow. Access is from June to November.

    It is called White Road because the Kanji for Hakusan is White Mountain and the Kanji for Shirakawa-Go is White River Village. The road connects Ishikawa to Gifu and named as such for each end point.

    Autumn is the best time as the leaves turn from green to copper/gold. This is called Koyo and is extremely beautiful.

    We went in July, which is Summer, and there was still plenty of snow, with the melt making the rivers and waterfalls run full. We went simply because we had a spare day off and chose this drive on that day.

    The park can be hiked and there are many short walks to be taken to absorb the scenery. Unfortunately camping is not allowed, nor is taking flora or fauna from the park.

    The one way trip costs around Y1400 - Y1600 depending on the size of your car. Mini buses pay around Y4900. There is a discounted return rate if you want to buy a return ticket when you enter the park.

    The road is around 33km and takes around an hour non-stop due to the steepness and windiness of the road. However, you end up stopping at many spots for the photogenic scenery and the drive takes much longer.

    There is also an onsen spa beside a waterfall which we walked to, so good shoes are a must if you want to stop and go walking.

    Even on a rainy misty day, we were still amazed at the scenery. We do plan to go back next Autumn for the Koyo leaves.
    Written March 19, 2019
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  • Alan C
    Hong Kong, China366 contributions
    We caught the Route 8 bus (Y570 pp one way) to the Aso Volcano Museum and decided not to go any further as notices that access to the crater was prohibited because of Level 2 activity. The ropeway remains closed on both sides and later cycled to the East Side at Sensuikyo Gorge and can't see that re-opening any time soon as in a complete state of dis-repair. Nevertheless, Kusasenri was very pleasant and provides the best view of the volcano smoke from Mt. Nakadake whilst access to the crater is prohibited. Also trails leading to the other surrounding mountains, but not enough time on this occasion. Visit the first floor of the Volcano museum for details of walks around Kusasenri and beyond bHorse rides available, but they did nt seem to go too far and not our thing.
    Written October 22, 2019
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  • John A
    Hong Kong, China511 contributions
    The rain was bucketing down when my wife and I took the exit to the Chirihama Beach Drive. With the rain coming in sheets and the surf heavy, driving on the beach was a completely magical experience. I had expected that the beach drive would be prohibited during heavy weather, but it was not — we enjoyed solitude on the beach as we passed the thundering waves and listened to the rain on the roof of our car. I let the tires wade in the seawater on the strand. Just so beautiful and something a visitor to should never miss!
    Written December 4, 2019
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  • Eugene
    Melbourne, Australia704 contributions
    The Nichien Momiji Line is a 28.5 km toll road that links Shiobara Onsen to Kinugawa and Kawaji Onsen. As the name suggests, there are many maple trees along the road and it is a particularly popular driving route in autumn when visitors can see the spectacular autumn leaves.

    However, given the fact that you need to pay a fee to travel on this road to view the splendid scenery, it does make one wonder if it is worth it at all since there are many other areas in Nikko and Nasushiobara with equally beautiful surroundings.
    Written November 25, 2018
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  • Chuzaa
    Vancouver, Canada3,514 contributions
    Along National Highway 178 in the Tango Peninsula region, there is a small village called Konoshiro (此代). Here next to its beach, there are few small islands with some pine trees on them and the region is nicknamed as "Tango Matsu-shima) or the Pine Islands of the province of Tango.

    Probably the best viewing spot of Tango Matsu-shima is at about 200 meters to the west from the village of Konoshiro on Highway 178. There is a small parking lot near a tunnel. All you have to do is to cross the road to the cliff side.

    Is it spectacular? No, not really, but it's worth a short stop for pictue-taking.
    Written October 3, 2015
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  • myr0ntay
    Singapore, Singapore70 contributions
    Very good experience driving up the highway, especially around the Pass area. Saw a bear, a male deer and some birds (see pictures)!
    Written June 30, 2019
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