The summer heat is coming closer and closer. The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about summer is probably lush nature. It is the greatest time to enjoy a drive on the plateau and mountain routes! If you are not a climbing lover, but still want to see great views, you will love these places! Easily get to the top of the mountain by car or motorcycle through the best driving roads! Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, but keep calm and drive safely! * Before visiting, please check the traffic regulation information on the official websites. 1. Hakone Skyline / Kanagawa and Shizuoka Prefectures "Hakone Skyline" is a tourist road for automobiles that runs from Gotemba to Hakone Touge. From approximately 5th km, you can see Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi. You also can use the road to access Izu City. It's a short-distance road, but since there are multiple large and small observation spots, you can park your car in a parking space to enjoy the reach sceneries or just have a leisurely drive. Please check the traffic regulation information below. Shizuoka Road Public Corporation ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Lake Ashi Mt.Fuji Find hotels around Hakone Skyline JTB Yahoo!トラベル Jalan Expedia 2. Lake Chuzenji Skyline / Tochigi Prefecture "Lake Chuzenji Skyline" was selected as one of the 50 best roads in Japan, the most fabulous location with a distance of about 8km to Mt. Hangetsu. You can experience a panoramic view of nature from the parking lot and observatory on the way. Although it is a curved road, it is relatively easy to drive and many people use the path throughout the year. At the observatory, which is a short walk up from the Hangetsuyama parking lot at the endpoint, you can enjoy the most magnificent sceneries of the Okunikko area, such as Lake Chuzenji, Hatchodejima, Mt. Oku-Shirane, and Mt. Nantai. Please check the traffic regulation information below. Tochigi Prefectural Government HP ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Lake Chuzenji Kegon Fall Find hotels around Lake Chuzenji Skyline JTB Yahoo!トラベル Jalan Expedia 3. Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route / Gunma and Nagano Prefectures National Highway No. 292 connects Shiga Kogen to Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture. It is a mountain sightseeing road with a total length of about 40 km, commonly known as the "Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route". It is a popular drive route that overlooks the Northern Alps and the mountains of Shiga Kogen from the roadside. You can also get to the highest point of the Japanese national highway at Shibutoge and the vast nature of Joshin'etsu Kogen National Park. Roads are closed in winter, but in the spring, roads are sandwiched between high snow walls on both sides, it is really attractive scenery to enjoy on the mountain roads. Please check the traffic regulation information below. "Hot water LOVE" Kusatsu Onsen portal site ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Yubatake（Hot Water Field） Mount Kusatsu-Shirane Find hotels around Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route JTB Yahoo!トラベル Jalan Expedia 4. Mount Fuji Skyline / Shizuoka Prefecture A mountain road connecting the south foot of Mt. Fuji from east to west is officially called the "Table Fuji Round Road". You can start your journey from Fujinomiya City or Gotemba City. There are two main sectors: the "tour section" that connects Gotemba City and Fujinomiya City, and the "mountain climbing section" that connects the second to fifth stations of Mt. Fuji. If you pass through the Mt. Fuji Skyline, you can drive to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, one of the climbing points, and it is also known as the highest point in Japan where you can drive to an altitude of about 2,400 m. Please check the traffic regulation information below. Shizuoka Prefecture HP ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Shiraito Falls Fujisan Sengen Shrine Find hotels around Mount Fuji Skyline Jalan Yahoo!トラベル 5. Hakusan Shirakawago White Road / Ishikawa and Gifu Prefectures "Hakusan Shirakawago White Road" is a 33.3km toll road that connects Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Shirakawa Village in Ono District, Gifu Prefecture. This place is popular as a tourist road because of its surrounding nature. When you drive from the Ishikawa Prefecture side, you can check out many powerful waterfalls, and from the Shirakawago Observatory you can overlook the famous Shirakawa Village, which represents Gifu Prefecture. There are other observation decks and parking lots along the way, so you may park your car and enjoy the landscape or take a walk around. * Toll roads in Ishikawa Prefecture are opened from mid-June and in Gifu Prefecture from mid-July. Please check the traffic regulation information below. Hakusan Shirakawago White Road Official Website ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Shirakawa-go Mount Haku Find hotels around Hakusan Shirakawago White Road JTB Jalan 6. Iseshima Skyline / Mie Prefecture The “Driveway in the sky” with a total length of 16.3km connects the vicinity of the inner shrine of Ise Jingu and the town of Toba. The toll road "Iseshima Skyline" passes toward Mt. Asakuma at an altitude of about 555m. Although the altitude of Mt. Asakuma is not so high, it is blessed with a beautiful view as there are no high mountains around it, and from the observatory on the top of the mountain, the panorama of Ise-Shima and Ise Bay opens up. MOreover, if the weather is fine, you can see Mt. Fuji. Please check the traffic regulation information below. Iseshima Skyline Official Website ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Ise Jingu Meoto-iwa (Married Couple Rocks) Find hotels around Iseshima Skyline JTB Yahoo!トラベル Jalan 7. Venus Line / Nagano Prefecture "Venus Line" has long been popular as a driving course running through the plateau. One of Japan's leading tourist mountain roads that connect Chino City in Nagano Prefecture and the Utsukushigahara Plateau, the road where alpine plants are in full bloom is perfect for a summer drive. Refresh your mind while gazing at the spectacular scenic locations scattered around the land. Plus, it is easily accessible from the Tokyo metropolitan area, so we would recommend you to have an overnight visit with hot springs. Please check the traffic regulation information below. Venus Line Official Website ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Lake Shirakaba Mishaka Pond Find hotels around Venus Line JTB Jalan 8. Yahikoyama Skyline / Niigata Prefecture The prefectural road 561 "Yahikoyama Skyline" connecting Yahiko Village and Niigata City in Niigata Prefecture is a great drive course where you can enjoy the landscape from Mt. Yahiko. At Yahikosancho Park, which is located at the 9th station of Mount Yahiko at an altitude of about 634m, you can see the Sea of Japan and Sado Island, with a 100m-high rotating elevating "Panorama Tower" and a restaurant with a view. It is also known as a spectacular sunset spot, and at night you can see the beautiful starry sky at the top of the mountain. Please check the traffic regulation information below. Yahiko Tourism Association Website / Romantic Yahiko ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Yahiko Park Yahikosancho Park Find hotels around Yahikoyama Skyline JTB Jalan 9. Hiruyama Oyama Skyline / Okayama and Tottori Prefectures The Hiruyama Oyama Skyline, which runs through the border between Tottori and Okayama prefectures, lets you enjoy a drive with the wonderful scenery of both prefectures. It shows a unique landscape changing from season to season, and we would especially recommend visiting here during the fresh green season and colored autumn leaves. Along the way, there is a 900m-high Kimendai Observatory Rest Stop. From there, you can see the beautiful mountains such as Karasugasen centered on Mount Daisen in the north, and Mount Hiruzen depicted on the green plateau in the south. You can overlook the entire Hiruzen area. At dawn in autumn, when the temperature difference is large, you can see the contrast with the sea of clouds that surrounds the Hiruzen Plateau at sunrise, and it is attracting attention as a perfect shooting point. Please check the traffic regulation information below. Visit MANIWA Official travel Guide ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Hiruzen-kogen Highlands Kidanizawa Mountain Stream Find hotels around Hiruyama Oyama Skyline Jalan Yahoo!トラベル 10. Okuizumo Orochi Loop / Shimane Prefecture The Okuizumo Orochi Loop is Japan's largest double-loop road consisting of 11 large and small bridges and 3 tunnels. The name "Okuizumo Orochi Loop" is derived from the Japanese mythology "Yamata no Orochi". The red arch of Miino-o Bridge, which spans the highest point, is a popular photo spot. The area is dotted with famous places such as "Roadside Station Okuizumo Orochi Loop" and "Okuizumo Iron Sculpture Museum", where you can buy delicious local gourmet food and souvenirs. Please check the traffic regulation information below. The Official Okuizumo Travel Guide ▼ Click here for fabulous spots around Oni-no-Shitaburui Gorge Fube Dam Find hotels around Okuizumo Orochi Loop JTB Jalan In conclusion Every drive route has marvelous nature, and the summer atmosphere is the best time to take a brief from your busy life in the city. The trek to the mountains may seem like another obstacle, but there are many places in Japan where you can easily get to by car or motorbike and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Find your favorite road!