The word “Touge” (also Tōge) in Japanese means “pass” – in the sense of winding mountain roads. That means fun for driving enthusiasts. But in Japan these types of back roads are also sometimes used as illegal race courses for street racers. Better yet, there is also a dedicated “Touge” race course in Japan that has been set aside for competition. Best Motoring enthusiasts have seen it in use dozens of times.
One of our personal goals is to someday take a driving tour of Japan – not with a busload of tourists, but on our own in a (necessarily) GPS-equipped car. This is how we’ll get away from the crowded tourist spots and see the “real” Japan from the inside. And of course that tour will include scenic and winding back roads.
This series of Touge videos from Toyota highlights 26 sets of such roads. File them away for future use. For today, note how well the 86 handles the curves. Imagine yourself driving similar roads in your own country. That’s what the 86 is all about!
This is the 26th video in the series that keeps on giving. This time driving around Mt. Akagi.