Japan’s Best Hillclimb – Mazda Turnpike

About 80km southwest of Tokyo in the town of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Mazda Turnpike is one of the best kept secrets and often described as Japan’s Nurburgring. The 14km mountain pass offers spectacular scenery as one ascends the mountain through engaging twists and turns on perfectly paved roads. It is privately owned but available to those who are prepared to pay an entrance fee of ¥720 (US$6.50). The entrance is at sea level near Odawara and the road leads all the way to the top of Mount Hakaone.

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