My wife, Yoko and I often go on road trips in Japan and my SUV has rolled over 30 prefectures on as many secluded mountain roads as the navigator and road atlas can help us find. We have become very familiar with countless gorgeous and unusual parts of this country that get absolutely NO foreign traffic. Even Japanese rarely go when there isn’t much infrastructure to take anyone there or away.
During Obon we will drive up through the Hida region of Gifu Prefecture and on up to Toyama and Ishikawa. Wajima will be the final point before turning back around. We have been to Gifu and Ishikawa twice before but Toyama will be Prefecture 31 for my trusty wheels.
Anyone interested in exploring the country by car, or for that matter, getting your own Japanese driver’s license, can feel free to contact me anytime.
Martin W. Zander, Smith’s Partner
スミス英会話 甲東園 福島 仁川 門戸厄神 逆瀬川