The route from Nikko to Lake Chuzenji and Yumoto onsen. Best driven in autumn when the curvy, super steep roads, one way up and a separate downslope route turns into a rich sea of gold, red and orange. An amazing drive navigating the 48 hairpin turns and looking out over the scenic mountains. Best seen from late October to early November which is also the most popular time with tourists. Be warned to go as early as possible, avoid weekends and national holidays to stay clear of massive traffic jam.
Each corner has a letter of ancient Japanese alphabet in alphabetical order. The new upward traffic road has a pitstop at Akechidaira Plateau with an observation deck to view the entire valley below. Be extra careful on your way down. The 28 downhill hairpin curves are sharper than the route up. For the car and motorbike enthusiasts, this is your ultimate driving experience. This road has been touted as one of the most spectaculars roads in the world by dangerousroads.org users.
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