Sixteen Motorcycle Roads


Over the past few weeks, I've put together a collection of maps showing the locations of some famous motorcycle roads in Japan. Years ago, the BikeJin motorcycle magazine published a list of the top roads in Japan. That was later posted to Motorcycle Paradise, among other locations. Here is a list of those roads, and for each road there are several maps and and a picture, to give you a sense of what the place looks like. Have fun on your travels!

Mikata Goko Rainbow Line

The Mikata Goko Rainbow Line (三方五湖レインボーライン) is an eleven kilometer toll road near the coast of Fukui. The road itself is named after the five (go) lakes (ko) of Mikata. Fukui is located to the north of Kyoto and Osaka and to the west of Nagoya. If you live in any of those cities, you could make a reasonable day trip up and around and back.

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Tsunoshima Big Bridge

Tsunoshima Big Bridge (角島大橋) is a two kilometer bridge in Yamaguchi, which is about as far west as you can go on Honshu.

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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

The Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (千里浜なぎさドライブウェイ) is an eight kilometer road along the beach in Ishikawa. The road surface is hard packed sand. There are no curves to speak of, but hey, how often do you get to cruise down the beach?

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Aso Panorama Line

The Aso Panorama Line (阿蘇パノラマライン) refers to sections of Highway 111 and Highway 298 that go across the foothills of Mount Aso in Kumamoto, Kyushu. Though Kyushu as a whole is a great place to ride in the winter, mountains such as this one see real amounts of snow.

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Koya Ryujin Skyline

The Koya Ryujin Skyline (高野龍神スカイライン) is a forty kilometer stretch of Highway 371 in the mountains of Wakayama.

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Shimanami Expressway

The Shimanami Expressway (しまなみ海道 or 西瀬戸自動車道) is an expressway connecting some islands in the Seto Inland Sea. It starts in Onomichi, Hiroshima and ends in Imabari, Ehime.

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Yamanami Highway

The Yamanami Highway (やまなみハイウェイ) is a section of Highway 11 in central Kyushu. The southern terminus is in Aso, and the northern terminus is in Yufu.

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