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If you are a Japanese rider you definitely know this road name. It is the best touring course in Japan, Yamanami Highway.
The total length of this road is long, about 58 km. This road lying in the highland areas of both Oita and Kumamoto prefectures is an important main road in terms of transportation and at the same time boasts tremendous popularity as a long and stunning road of the foremost of Kyushu.
To pass through Kyushu's plateau area is the way the scenery in Kyushu condensed. There are so many viewpoints in this route.
This time I will report the surroundings of Numazu City and Mishima City in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is an area adjacent to Izu and Hakone famous for motorcycle tourists.
However, Izu and Hakone are too good, so Numazu and Mishima have passed by everyone. I think it is a pity. Because there are lots of interesting things in this area.
Unfortunately the reason for making Fukushima Prefecture's name famous is the nuclear power plant accident caused by the earthquake. However, contamination by accident is only a part of the sea side of Fukushima.
It has almost no influence on the inland area we have done.
The tour with this report is Bandai Azuma Road. Previously it was a toll road, but now all can be used for free.
It is a beautiful road that you can enjoy the volcanic belt of Fukushima. Spring is a snowy wall, summer is cool, autumn is a wonderful scene of leaves.
There are three routes crossing Setouchi, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Bisan Seto Ohashi Bridge and Shimanami Kaido. Each has a giant bridge one of the best in the world, and because it is an exclusive road for a car, it is very fast to move.
However, there is another route that is never famous. That is Tobishima Kaido. It is a route connecting Kure City of Hiroshima Prefecture and Imabari City of Ehime prefecture.
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 have reported the inland area of the Izu Peninsula. Izu is wonderful not only in coastal areas but also inland.
Cape Muroto is the most fascinating dynamic sea view spreading in the Pacific Ocean. It is also one of the two major capes of Shikoku, famous as a typhoon landing ground called the so-called typhoon Ginza.
There is ties with these typhoons, there are tropical plants and the tropical climate is overflowing.
There is a Mikuri cave where there is a legend that the monk who was still a young man in the Heian era, Kobo Daishi trained and became the name of "Kukai", and it is also a very historical area.
The road called Pearl Road is where you can drive a motorcycle exhilaratingly while looking down at the rias coastal area.This road is very close to the sea than National Route 167 which communicates Ise to Shima with many sightseeing spots at the shortest. Because of that, it will be a long distance away.
However, the sun reflecting on the blue sea surface shines like a pearl and it is a path along the sea with a bright atmosphere. Because the eastern side is the Pacific Ocean, it is a great area to watch the morning sun.
I think you know too, but there are many historical relics in Japan. It is a shrine, a temple, a statue of Buddha etc. These relics have origin, and I know mostly how and how they made it.
But sometimes, there is something that no one knows at all.
I tried visiting Kofu in Yamanashi prefecture to see the mysterious relics.
What kind of city is Tokyo you know? Is there an urban city with plenty of buildings? Or is there a busy downtown where there are many people?
Of course it is a typical Tokyo impression.However, another environment exists in Tokyo.
I went to Okutama village at the western end of Tokyo.
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.