In the mid-1960s they opened the new branch line (shinkansen
) to Nagano. Plowing through tunnels at some ghastly speed, it replaced the local slow-train that had wound its way through the mountains for at least 50 years previously (guessing here). The parallel road, its restaurants, ryokan
, and gas stands, went the way of countless others when an alternate, faster route is opened.
As well as a near abandoned service garage and its collection of Prince trucks, Renault 4 and motorcycles, the road is also noted for the famous Usui Megane
bridge. Famous for its appearance in a number of the Initial D franchises.
I'd like to claim I knew this all the time, and the Silvia wreck, drift marks and marbles down through the mountain pass should have been a clue, but it wasn't until I showed someone else the photographs I discovered the new history as well...
An easy drive from Tokyo if you know how to find it, but one you will need a car to see - sideways or otherwise. See ya! Neko.