Wow, LHD 240Z in Japan... truly weird.
A few years ago perhaps. But, with the strong yen and depressed prices of kyusha
outside of Japan, it is more than worth the effort to re-import. Honda ur-S are particularly common in LHD. Though this was the first Z I've seen in LHD, there are many earlier Fairlady about in LHD.
Our last destination was the west side of Shizuoka-ken, and the Tenryu valley.
Taking the Shin-Tomei south, we enjoyed glorious views of Fuji-san.
Passing a disused driving school, the roads north got smaller.
Past single track local trains.
Past fields of tea.
Tunnels with intersections inside them.
Dam walls as part of the highway.
Spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges.
Deserted roads with spectacular views.
Still smaller roads.
Even less used roads.
To roads that disappear into the forests.
More spectacular mountain views.
To our destination, the Takane Castle. A reconstruction over the original high-mountain earthworks.
An untouched mountain hut.
Stopping for a late lunch, we admired a Vamos calendar.
Over a super fresh tenzaru-soba.
Car-wise, we enjoyed this boso-style drift kei.
The driver helpfully added his boso-pipe, and Kyokujitsu-ki...
... and you could hear the audible sighs from the Doctor Huxtable sweater wearing Z squadron parked next door.
And what are these called?
And a Mustang Celica GT, if it was Highland Green from this angle, pulling away from the lights like it had a black Challenger on its tail (instead of a black CR-V).
Coming back down the valley, as we were exploring the wide river bed, we were overflown by a glider.
This being Japan, we declined an offer for a free sailing from the family operating their radio base station, pull trolley-truck, recovery vehicle, and support team and instead enjoy the marvelous take-offs and silent passing on approach to the river bed.
With the sun going down, we made our way to our curious hotel on the shores of Hamanaka-ko.
The interior of which we were sure had not changed since it was opened in 1968.
See ya! Neko.