VIDEO: 157 of Japan’s best Touge roads, brought to you by the Toyota 86

Toyota 86 Touge

Going strictly by land mass, Japan is about 10 percent smaller than California, and a full 70 percent of its terrain is mountains. That’s why the twisting passes that cut through the ridges known as touge provide Japan’s preferred method of hooning. When the Toyota 86 came out in 2012, the company produced a 157-episode series called, simply, Touge to highlight each of Japan’s best driving roads. 

Toyota 86 Touge Mt Haruna

With its accessible price, compact size and rear-wheel-drive goodness, the original Toyota AE86 was almost synonymous with the touge. It even inspired Shuichi Shigeno to make it the star of his world renowned series Initial D. In fact, you may even recognize some of the roads mentioned in the story — Akagi, Usui, Irohazaka and of course Mt. Haruna, the real life Akina from the manga and anime. Skorj recently found this page, which not only lists every episode but maps each of the passes in case you want to experience them on your next visit to Japan. Happy driving.

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3 Responses to VIDEO: 157 of Japan’s best Touge roads, brought to you by the Toyota 86

  1. Skorj said:

    Damn! Public domain; I am now compelled to count those I’ve driven… Or, perhaps more importantly, those I have not. しょがない。。。

  2. Dankan said:

    It’s been a really unusual promo campaign from Toyota. I had collected them as a playlist on youtube for myself over the years, just because it can also be really relaxing to watch as a stream of scenery. But it could be a great challenge to try and do all of the roads in one go, as a sort of road trip.

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