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By jwreed211 (22 McR Points) on Oct 20, 2015

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Written Directions

From the intersection of Hwy 194 and Hwy 142 (N 36.150749, E 138.145020) take 194 North until it intersects Hwy 460. Take Hwy 460 North through the hills around the East side of Mt. Miune. Approximately 1 mi. NE of Mt. Chausu Hwy 460 will intersect with Hwy 178. Take Hwy 178 North to continue on the Venus Line. Hwy 178 will intersect with Hwy 464. Take Hwy 464 North. Continue on 464 until you reach a teardrop split in the road. Follow the road north out of the mountains until you intersect with Hwy 62 (N 36.258719 E 138.135747)

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This route will take you through the mountain roads around the Nagano Prefecture in Japan. This is the popular ski area of Japan. So expect this road to be closed in the winter. There is an art museum at the north end of the road if one feels like stopping to check out Japanese culture.

Drive Enjoyment

There are sweeping bends at the south end of the road and tighter twists at the north. This road travels entirely through mountain areas and twists and turns the entire time and is prone to closures in the winter.

Tourism Opportunities

There is an art museum at the north end of the road as well as a gas station and lodging (on 178 after the 464 interchange). There is restaurant in the middle of the route where 460 intersects Hwy 67. There is a small hiker's trailhead outpost toward the south end of the route and a restaurant at the Southern end of the route.

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