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Sixteen Motorcycle Roads

2014-06-27

Years ago, the BikeJin motorcycle magazine published a list of the top roads in Japan. That was later posted to Motorcycle Paradise, where I found it. Here is a list of the roads, along with information on ones I've ridden. Have fun on your travels!

Shiretoko Odan Road
2011
Zao Echoline
2013
Chokai Blue Line
2013
Izu Skyline
2014
Bandai-Azuma Skyline
2014
Hachimantai Aspite Line
2014
Venus Skyline
2014
Shiga Kusatsu Road
2015
Tatsudomari Line
2018
Tsunoshima Big Bridge
2020
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.