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    Hey everybody,

    I'm starting this sticky thread so that every time a visitor or new rider to Japan asks for some road recommendations, we can just point him here. This initial post lists some roads Rider 2371 and I suggested in another thread. I know that by no means is it a complete list. It's the barest scratch on the surface. It doesn't even include anything for Hokkaido or Tohoku (northern Honshu) yet! (UPDATE: Added some Hokkaido roads.)

    Please post up other roads that you like, and I'll add them to the list in this post. If you post up about a road, please include a link to the road or route on Google Maps so everyone can easily see what you're talking about.

    So, here we go:


    Hokkaido:

    Rt. 277 (Unseki National Hwy): http://goo.gl/maps/4c8oa

    Rt. 132 around Lake Toya: http://goo.gl/maps/1JTUL

    Rt. 66: http://goo.gl/maps/I2AKz

    Rt. 889: http://goo.gl/maps/3B1ZL

    Rt. 334 (Shiretoko Touge): http://goo.gl/maps/IECCF

    Rt. 52: http://goo.gl/maps/tCj2U

    Rt. 243 (Bihoro Touge): http://goo.gl/maps/waFbd

    Rt. 528 and Rt. 688 around Shumarinaiko Lake: http://goo.gl/maps/Q8Pme

    Rt. 106 along the north-west coast: http://goo.gl/maps/jxxWx (exceptionally beautiful sunsets with Rishiri-jima/yama in the background)

    Rt. 785: http://goo.gl/maps/CCFd1


    Honshu:

    Bandai-Azasuma Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/T1NQ1

    Bandai-Azasuma Lakeline: http://goo.gl/maps/6ZqJM

    Bandai-san Gold Line: http://goo.gl/maps/Fstxf

    Nichien Toll Rd: http://goo.gl/maps/pWAht

    Rt.120 (Iroha-zaka) http://goo.gl/maps/vuyq9 (Note that this road splits into an uphill road and a separate downhill road. Do both!)

    Ashinoko Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/qR9Au

    Izu Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/1M9s7

    Nishi-Izu Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/q2qAC

    Rt. 299: http://goo.gl/maps/r35RO

    Venus Line: http://goo.gl/maps/3H64F

    Rt. 36 loop: http://tinyurl.com/k88sqrn

    Rt. 136: http://goo.gl/maps/3IsNS

    Rt. 512 (Oku-Biwako Pkwy): http://goo.gl/maps/nlGJi (Note: it's one-way, heading north only)

    Ryujin Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/siu8y

    Ise-Shima Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/YfFzH

    Rt. 31: http://goo.gl/maps/X48rL (and the rest of Shodoshima island -- technically not Honshu, but whatever)

    Rt. 34: http://goo.gl/maps/N3hFa (and the rest of the loop around Mt. Daisan with Rts. 45, 158, and 30)

    Rt. 242 (Akiyoshidai Rd.) http://goo.gl/maps/L8jvs

    A big loop via Rt 401, Rt 289, Rt 352 and Rt 252: http://goo.gl/maps/s8TPX

    Tateshina Skyline http://goo.gl/maps/JT2iw

    Tsumagoi Skyline http://goo.gl/maps/v7sVt

    Manza Highway http://goo.gl/maps/9ycT1

    Rt 292 http://goo.gl/maps/kQlvB

    Rt. 471 and Rt 502 http://goo.gl/maps/m19WI


    Shikoku:

    Minami-Awa Sun Line: http://goo.gl/maps/1bqP1

    Rt. 203 (Muroto Skyline): http://goo.gl/maps/1IwsS

    Rt. 47: http://goo.gl/maps/Nbq2R

    Kamegamori Rindo (paved): http://goo.gl/maps/feSMW

    Rt. 348: http://goo.gl/maps/QDrCD

    Rt. 383: http://goo.gl/maps/wsGc5 (and other roads around Shikoku's karst plateau)

    Rt. 12 to 493 to 301 to 193: https://goo.gl/maps/DtKnt


    Kyushu:

    Rt. 111 (Aso Panorama Line): http://goo.gl/maps/fJOKK

    Rt. 265: http://goo.gl/maps/KfglD

    Rt. 387 (Kakinoki-Toge Rd): http://goo.gl/maps/tXSOh

    Rt. 28 through Hiraodai: http://goo.gl/maps/b2nHM

    Rt. 500 and Rt. 418 to Aburagi Dam: http://goo.gl/maps/8jjky

    Rt. 11 (Yamanami Hwy): http://goo.gl/maps/NMlSx

    Rt. 1: http://goo.gl/maps/btcPw

    Rt. 30: http://goo.gl/maps/wcztE

    Ibusuki Toll Rd: http://goo.gl/maps/gwkg4

    Rt. 57: http://goo.gl/maps/xktB3

    Rt. 389: http://goo.gl/maps/5CxvF

    Nita Touge: http://goo.gl/maps/jBzDe

    Rt. 383 (On Hirado, technically not Kyushu): http://goo.gl/maps/8P3Wy

    Farm Road Waita and Sky Farm Road Hita http://goo.gl/maps/m7eTJ (55km of pure grin!)

    Green Road Minami Aso: http://goo.gl/maps/9K7Kz (A great road to get out of Kumamoto toward Aso from the south.)

    Rt. 12: http://goo.gl/maps/Nzz6Y

    Rt. 339 (Milk Road): http://goo.gl/maps/xWHG6

    Rt. 28 to Rt. 624 (Maple Farm Rd) to Rt. 702 to Rt. 43 (all in Oita prefecture): http://goo.gl/maps/vAaGi

    Noma peninsula route 226: https://goo.gl/maps/svYTO

    Rt. 7 rough, almost a rindo: https://goo.gl/maps/LhMeQ

    Rt. 212 to 496 to 500 to 322: https://goo.gl/maps/Z3DTT ("Just do it, don't ask questions")

    Rt. 61 Ouma valley and Hata Canyon: https://goo.gl/maps/apnqx (An incredible commute when the weather's nice)

    Rt. 445: https://goo.gl/maps/XLTjq

    Rt. 153: https://goo.gl/maps/Y7aOM

    No-name road in Miyazaki: https://goo.gl/maps/k4rQU (Very technical, but rewarding)
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    Great thread Guy!

    If you could please pick up a few more Kyushu roads I recommended here it would great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rider2371 View Post
    If you could please pick up a few more Kyushu roads I recommended here it would great.
    Done! But you sound like Lumbergh:



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    Added a few Hokkaido roads. Again, just scratching the surface here, please feel free to post more.
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    Oh man, so many great roads in Hokkaido.

    These are three segments that I remember quite vividly from last year's ride. I'll have to add more after I go home and look through my tracks.

    Rt. 528 and Rt. 688 around Shumarinaiko Lake http://goo.gl/maps/Q8Pme

    Rt. 106 along the north-west coast http://goo.gl/maps/jxxWx (exceptionally beautiful sunsets with Rishiri-jima/yama in the background)

    Rt. 785 http://goo.gl/maps/CCFd1
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    I'm gonna start with this gem, and come back to update with more Kyushu roads I love later.
    Noma peninsula route 226.

    Updates:
    Route 7 rough, almost rando.
    Just do it, don't ask questions.
    Route 61 Ouma valley and Hata canyon. (this makes for an incredible commute when the weather's nice)
    Route 445 never stops giving. And as long as you're in the neighborhood: route 153
    This unnamed piece of heaven in Miyazaki is very technical, but rewarding.
    Last edited by dmizer; 24-02-14 at 09:25 AM. Reason: More awesomeness.

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    I'll add these into the top post soon. Keep 'em coming!
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    All roads posted up to this point have been added.
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    Very great list! Thank you Guy, rider2371, dmizer and Jav!

    I wanted to keep it together on a map for future touring.
    So, if usefull, you can find it there: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...fc3da89168ea6a
    I think, you should be able to edit it.

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    Good work!

    How about a link to the precious roads website... sorry cant seem to find the address right now maybe someone knows it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Japlander View Post
    How about a link to the precious roads website... sorry cant seem to find the address right now maybe someone knows it.
    It's got its own sticky thread already

    http://www.gaijinriders.com/showthre...-Roads-website
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    This is a fantastic resource, can't wait to check some of these out in person! I need to map out a little (paved) rindo in Itoshima(Fukuoka)/Nanayama(Saga) that I like next time I'm out that way. Takes you up a twisty and little-used road that has a break in the foliage for a great view, then through some forests to Nanayama, which has a waterfall and nice place to eat.

    Has anyone on this site created a custom Google Map with routes/other things of note marked off on it? I'd volunteer myself, but I'm leaving Japan in 6 months and wouldn't be around to maintain it. With Maps Engine Lite, you can also use the Layers feature to add other stuff, like attractions/restaurants, etc. Here's an example of one I've been working on for my prefecture, supposed to be a guide for incoming (and current) JETs: Saga Map.

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    The road to Yabitsu Toge goes through some nice scenery, so while the road itself is probably pretty boring for all you experts, I thought it was a nice drive once I got into the mountains.

    This is the route I took: https://www.google.co.jp/maps/dir/35...m0!1m0!3e0!5i2

    Basically I went past the pass until I got to a rest area that overlooks Hadano City and the Pacific. It was a particularly beautiful day when I went.

    The road in Sagamihara sucks, but in Hadano its been just rebuilt. Very smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Jinbaiquerre View Post
    Hey everybody,

    I'm starting this sticky thread so that every time a visitor or new rider to Japan asks for some road recommendations, we can just point him here. This initial post lists some roads Rider 2371 and I suggested in another thread. I know that by no means is it a complete list. It's the barest scratch on the surface. It doesn't even include anything for Hokkaido or Tohoku (northern Honshu) yet! (UPDATE: Added some Hokkaido roads.)

    Please post up other roads that you like, and I'll add them to the list in this post. If you post up about a road, please include a link to the road or route on Google Maps so everyone can easily see what you're talking about.

    So, here we go:


    Hokkaido:

    Rt. 277 (Unseki National Hwy): http://goo.gl/maps/4c8oa

    Rt. 132 around Lake Toya: http://goo.gl/maps/1JTUL

    Rt. 66: http://goo.gl/maps/I2AKz

    Rt. 889: http://goo.gl/maps/3B1ZL

    Rt. 334 (Shiretoko Touge): http://goo.gl/maps/IECCF

    Rt. 52: http://goo.gl/maps/tCj2U

    Rt. 243 (Bihoro Touge): http://goo.gl/maps/waFbd

    Rt. 528 and Rt. 688 around Shumarinaiko Lake: http://goo.gl/maps/Q8Pme

    Rt. 106 along the north-west coast: http://goo.gl/maps/jxxWx (exceptionally beautiful sunsets with Rishiri-jima/yama in the background)

    Rt. 785: http://goo.gl/maps/CCFd1


    Honshu:

    Bandai-Azasuma Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/T1NQ1

    Bandai-Azasuma Lakeline: http://goo.gl/maps/aOh5y

    Bandai-san Gold Line: http://goo.gl/maps/Fstxf

    Nichien Toll Rd: http://goo.gl/maps/pWAht

    Rt.120 (Iroha-zaka) http://goo.gl/maps/vuyq9 (Note that this road splits into an uphill road and a separate downhill road. Do both!)

    Ashinoko Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/qR9Au

    Izu Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/1M9s7

    Nishi-Izu Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/q2qAC

    Rt. 299: http://goo.gl/maps/r35RO

    Venus Line: http://goo.gl/maps/3H64F

    Rt. 36 loop: http://tinyurl.com/k88sqrn

    Rt. 136: http://goo.gl/maps/3IsNS

    Rt. 512 (Oku-Biwako Pkwy): http://goo.gl/maps/nlGJi (Note: it's one-way, heading north only)

    Ryujin Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/siu8y

    Ise-Shima Skyline: http://goo.gl/maps/YfFzH

    Rt. 31: http://goo.gl/maps/X48rL (and the rest of Shodoshima island -- technically not Honshu, but whatever)

    Rt. 34: http://goo.gl/maps/N3hFa (and the rest of the loop around Mt. Daisan with Rts. 45, 158, and 30)

    Rt. 242 (Akiyoshidai Rd.) http://goo.gl/maps/L8jvs

    A big loop via Rt 401, Rt 289, Rt 352 and Rt 252: http://goo.gl/maps/s8TPX

    Tateshina Skyline http://goo.gl/maps/JT2iw

    Tsumagoi Skyline http://goo.gl/maps/v7sVt

    Manza Highway http://goo.gl/maps/9ycT1

    Rt 292 http://goo.gl/maps/kQlvB

    Rt. 471 and Rt 502 http://goo.gl/maps/m19WI


    Shikoku:

    Minami-Awa Sun Line: http://goo.gl/maps/1bqP1

    Rt. 203 (Muroto Skyline): http://goo.gl/maps/1IwsS

    Rt. 47: http://goo.gl/maps/Nbq2R

    Kamegamori Rindo (paved): http://goo.gl/maps/feSMW

    Rt. 348: http://goo.gl/maps/QDrCD

    Rt. 383: http://goo.gl/maps/wsGc5 (and other roads around Shikoku's karst plateau)

    Rt. 12 to 493 to 301 to 193: https://goo.gl/maps/DtKnt


    Kyushu:

    Rt. 111 (Aso Panorama Line): http://goo.gl/maps/fJOKK

    Rt. 265: http://goo.gl/maps/KfglD

    Rt. 387 (Kakinoki-Toge Rd): http://goo.gl/maps/tXSOh

    Rt. 28 through Hiraodai: http://goo.gl/maps/b2nHM

    Rt. 500 and Rt. 418 to Aburagi Dam: http://goo.gl/maps/8jjky

    Rt. 11 (Yamanami Hwy): http://goo.gl/maps/NMlSx

    Rt. 1: http://goo.gl/maps/btcPw

    Rt. 30: http://goo.gl/maps/wcztE

    Ibusuki Toll Rd: http://goo.gl/maps/gwkg4

    Rt. 57: http://goo.gl/maps/xktB3

    Rt. 389: http://goo.gl/maps/5CxvF

    Nita Touge: http://goo.gl/maps/jBzDe

    Rt. 383 (On Hirado, technically not Kyushu): http://goo.gl/maps/8P3Wy

    Farm Road Waita and Sky Farm Road Hita http://goo.gl/maps/m7eTJ (55km of pure grin!)

    Green Road Minami Aso: http://goo.gl/maps/9K7Kz (A great road to get out of Kumamoto toward Aso from the south.)

    Rt. 12: http://goo.gl/maps/Nzz6Y

    Rt. 339 (Milk Road): http://goo.gl/maps/xWHG6

    Rt. 28 to Rt. 624 (Maple Farm Rd) to Rt. 702 to Rt. 43 (all in Oita prefecture): http://goo.gl/maps/vAaGi

    Noma peninsula route 226: https://goo.gl/maps/svYTO

    Rt. 7 rough, almost a rindo: https://goo.gl/maps/LhMeQ

    Rt. 212 to 496 to 500 to 322: https://goo.gl/maps/Z3DTT ("Just do it, don't ask questions")

    Rt. 61 Ouma valley and Hata Canyon: https://goo.gl/maps/apnqx (An incredible commute when the weather's nice)

    Rt. 445: https://goo.gl/maps/XLTjq

    Rt. 153: https://goo.gl/maps/Y7aOM

    No-name road in Miyazaki: https://goo.gl/maps/k4rQU (Very technical, but rewarding)
    This is great, but wouldn't it be greater to always include where (prefecture/city) and what level roads they are; national, prefectural, regional? Maybe also a Mapple guide grid reference and page. As the list grows it'll become frustrating to click through dozens of Google map links before finding one in the area you're headed for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V-Twister View Post
    This is great, but wouldn't it be greater to always include where (prefecture/city) and what level roads they are; national, prefectural, regional? Maybe also a Mapple guide grid reference and page. As the list grows it'll become frustrating to click through dozens of Google map links before finding one in the area you're headed for.
    I take it you are volunteering for this project? Great. Just PM me the info when you're done, and I'll paste it all in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V-Twister View Post
    This is great, but wouldn't it be greater to always include where (prefecture/city) and what level roads they are; national, prefectural, regional? Maybe also a Mapple guide grid reference and page. As the list grows it'll become frustrating to click through dozens of Google map links before finding one in the area you're headed for.
    Have a look also there ;)
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...fc3da89168ea6a

    Compiled in a single Google Map. There is too pages so not all the landmarks are displayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Jinbaiquerre View Post
    I take it you are volunteering for this project? Great. Just PM me the info when you're done, and I'll paste it all in.
    Not committing myself here, but I do enjoy pouring over the Mapple guides from time to time when I have nothing better to do, so maybe I'll add a few references if and when

    Quote Originally Posted by alban View Post
    Compiled in a single Google Map. There is too pages so not all the landmarks are displayed.
    Yes, the free version of Google Maps doesn't allow you to pack that much information on a single map unfortunately
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    Regional Rt299 (yellow) by Miyakoda Dam and Lake Inasa is faily short, but fast and sweeping.
    http://goo.gl/maps/etssi

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    Quote Originally Posted by V-Twister View Post
    Regional Rt299 (yellow) by Miyakoda Dam and Lake Inasa is faily short, but fast and sweeping.
    http://goo.gl/maps/etssi
    What page and grid reference on Mapple is it on?
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