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!
- 13. Zao Echoline. ✓
- 13. Mikata Goko Rainbow Line.
- 13. Tatsudomari Line. ✓
- 13. Hachimantai Aspite Line. ✓
- 12. Chokai Blue Line. ✓
- 11. Tsunoshima Big Bridge.
- 10. Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.
- 9. Aso Panorama Line.
- 8. Koya Ryujin Skyline.
- 7. Shimanami Expressway.
- 6. Shiretoko Odan Road. ✓
- 5. Izu Skyline. ✓
- 4. Shiga Kusatsu Road. ✓
- 3. Yamanami Highway.
- 2. Venus Line. ✓
- 1. Bandai-Azuma Skyline. ✓
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.
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?
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.