Iroha-zaka Access Road to Lake Chuzenji

Japanese engineers demonstrated great ingenuity to design the access road from Nikko to Lake Chuzenji. In order to mitigate the 440m drop in a fault escarpment, 48 hairpin bends were marked out. The recent route channels upbound traffic to the south, while 2km further north, the old track caters for vehicles driving down. On the latter, there are two areas where you can pull over to observe the waterfalls. This road often features as the background for car races in video games, cartoons or manga.

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Lake Chuzenji, a holiday resort for Westerners

When the country opened up to foreigners in the late 19C, the cool summer weather and high altitude of Lake Chuzenji (1 200m) quickly won the hearts of Western tourists, diplomats and writers. The resort offered an escape from the stifling heat of Tokyo, without visitors having to travel too far.
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