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This is a report on Tsugaru Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture. We are SUZUKI's top model motorcycle HAYABUSA and the old top model KATANA.
We headed north from Tohoku Expressway from Tokyo. The distance to the Aomori area is about 800 kilometers, and the long high speed section is best for big motorcycle. Tohoku is comfortable even in the summer because latitude is high.
To the Japan Sea side of the Japanese archipelago, Toyama was a town far from Tokyo.
However, the expressway and the Shinkansen are now open, which is a very close distance.
Because it is covered with heavy snow during winter, it is difficult to go by motorcycle.
But from spring to autumn there is no problem at all.
Route 238, aka "Okhotsk Line".
It goes from Wakkanai city which is the northernmost town of Japan to the Abashiri city on the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk via the northernmost tip of Soya Cape. The longer route in Hokkaido is this Sōya National Highway.This total distance is 319 km. Along the Sea of Okhotsk, connecting the small cities to the south, it is also the main road in the northern part of Hokkaido.
It passes through Soya Cape, so it is called the "northernmost national highway". And this is the sanctuary where riders in Japan gather.
Izu is close to the metropolitan area and is a wonderful place complete with all the seas, mountains, roads, hot springs, meals, climate.
It is difficult to inform you all to you with one report. This time we will report about "Hosono Highlands" of Higashi Izu.
Higashi Izu is the most popular among the riders in the Izu area. There are many famous tourist spots here.But we did a new discovery. I found a place that is not famous but has a wonderful view. That is called "Hosono Highlands" in Higashiizu-cho.
The heat of summer in Japan is severe. Especially urban areas such as Tokyo are very hot.
So I went to one of Japan's Summer resort in this tour report.
The plateau spreading at the foot of the volcano called Asama is cool and comfortable even in summer. This is a resort area where many people come from long ago.
In modern times you can easily go by bullet train from Tokyo. However, in the past it was a place to transfer a railroad and go beyond a hard pass. We will arrive in Karuizawa beyond Usui Pass from Gumma Prefecture. This Karuizawa has many villas. There are plenty of novels that made this the subject in the land which the cultural people such as novelist loved from long ago.
It is also an important land for our Japanese riders.
It is the foot of Mt. Asama that Japanese motorcycle manufacturers began racing after the Second World War.
National Route 117 connects Nagano City in Nagano Prefecture and Ojiya City in Niigata Prefecture, which is a main road totaling 127 km.Traffic is somewhat large because it is going along the Sea of Japan and being the only contact route in the area.But traffic is comfortable. Because there are few signals except urban areas, it is exhilarating like Hokkaido.This is a very rare runway for the inland route connecting urban areas.
Noteworthy is the scenery along that line. The scenery where the biggest river "Chikuma river" in Japan and rural and satoyama are scattered leaves the old Japanese landscape.There are also many old houses built over 100 years in this area. Distant view of a village where the old private house painted with red and blue is forested, the illusion appears to have slipped to the world of old tales.
There are Milwaukee in Harley - Davidson and Bologna in Ducati. Do you know where Japan motorcycle hometown is?
It lies between Tokyo and Osaka. It is Hamamatsu and Hamanako area in Shizuoka prefecture. Here, Soichiro Honda, the founder of HONDA, was born. YAMAHA also started motorcycle manufacturing here. And SUZUKI is still here headquarters location. And although it is not a motorcycle, TOYOTA is also involved in this land.
What kind of place is Hamamatsu and Hamanako? I will report it this time.
Uonuma Skyline （Niigata Prefectural Highway No. 560）is the mountain winding route with the best view in the area.The distance was 18.8 km, and in 1970 it opened in the past as a toll road. Currently it crosses the ridgeline of the Uonuma Hills in the north and south on a free road.
This road has very little traffic except for sightseeing purpose. Therefore, even in the high season there is no traffic jam, you can enjoy comfortable riding.
It is the second half of motorcycle touring report of Boso Peninsula. Following the first half of the coast, this reports the inland parts of the Boso Peninsula.
In Chiba Prefecture, where the Boso Peninsula is located, there are many scenery in the countryside except for areas adjacent to Tokyo. Of course, the Boso Peninsula is so. If you use the expressway from central Tokyo, you can see the scenery of Japan's old age in about an hour.
In addition, the Boso Peninsula has a unique topography. There are many winding roads, but there is no high mountain. For that reason it is hard to be freezing cold in winter.
For these reasons, the Boso Peninsula is popular with motorcycle riders.