Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta. This time, I went on a motorcycle tour from central Tokyo to Amagi Highlands in Shizuoka Prefecture. I drove about 200km on my beloved Harley-Davidson FLSB Sport Glide. Amagi Plateau is a plateau located in the central part of the Izu Peninsula at an altitude of 700 to 1000 meters, and is known for its rich natural scenery and specialty products. This time, I would like to introduce the situation.
What is Amagi Plateau?
Amagi Plateau is a plateau located in the central part of the Izu Peninsula, spreading out on the slopes of the Amagi Mountains. The Amagi Mountain Range is made up of a group of volcanoes, including Mt. Amagi (1,406 meters), one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains, and is home to an abundance of spring water and hot springs. Amagi Plateau is located on the north side of Mt. Tokasa (1,406 meters), and is connected by the Izu Skyline and Mt. Tokasa Road. Izu Skyline is a toll road that runs from east to west of the Izu Peninsula, and is located at an altitude of 800 to 1,000 meters above sea level. Tokasayama Road is a free road that connects Izu Skyline and National Route 136, passing near the top of Mt. Tokasayama. These roads offer spectacular views of the Izu Peninsula, Suruga Bay, and Mt. Fuji.
Amagi Kogen has a leisure facility called Amagi Kogen Family Park. Here you can enjoy activities such as putter golf and athletics. Also, depending on the season, flowers and trees such as cherry blossoms and autumn leaves are beautifully colored. Amagi Highlands is a popular spot where you can get close to nature.
Route to Amagi Plateau
This time, I took the Shuto Expressway Inner Loop Line from central Tokyo and entered the Tomei Expressway. On the Tomei Expressway, I drove toward Gotemba. Enter the Shin-Tomei Expressway from the Gotemba Interchange. On the Shin-Tomei Expressway, I headed towards Shizuoka. I entered the Izu Jukan Expressway from the Shizuoka Interchange. On the Izu Jukan Expressway, I drove toward Shimoda. From the Shuzenji Interchange, exit onto National Route 136. On National Route 136, I drove towards Shimoda. On the way, I entered Prefectural Route 411. On Prefectural Route 411, we crossed Funabara Pass and entered Ukusu, Nishiizu Town. From there, I took Prefectural Route 410. On Prefectural Route 410, we drove all the way to Nishi-Amagi Plateau.
It was a comfortable driving course overall, but there were some narrow roads and many curves. Funabara Pass in particular is a difficult area with a series of steep slopes and hairpin curves. However, the scenery was spectacular, and it felt good to ride while looking at the mountains and the ocean. The weather was good, and Mt. Fuji was clearly visible. I think this is the perfect course for riding a bike.
Highlights of Amagi Highlands
When I arrived at Amagi Kogen, I first went to Amagi Kogen Family Park. Here you can enjoy activities such as putter golf and athletics. From the course, you can see the Izu Peninsula, Suruga Bay, and Mt. Fuji in the distance. If the weather is good, you can enjoy a 360 degree view.
Next, we bought some special products from Amagi Highlands. Amagi Plateau has specialties such as wasabi, amago, and Amagi gamecock. Wasabi is real wasabi grown in the clear streams of the Amagi Mountains, and has a strong spiciness and aroma, and is delicious. Amago is a freshwater fish raised in the mountain streams of the Amagi Mountains, and can be eaten grilled or grilled with salt. Amagi Shamo chicken is a free-range chicken raised in the natural environment of the Amagi Mountains, and the meat is soft and juicy. These special products can be purchased at stores in and around Amagi Kogen Family Park.
Finally, we drove from Amagi Kogen to the Izu Skyline and Tokasayama Road. These roads offer spectacular views of the Izu Peninsula, Suruga Bay, and Mt. Fuji. In particular, the Tokasayama Road passes near the top of Mt. Tokasa, so the view from a height of over 1,000 meters is spectacular. There are observation decks and rest areas along the road. Riding a bike allows you to enjoy the scenery while feeling the breeze.
Amagi Kogen motorcycle parking lot
There is no dedicated parking lot for motorcycles in Amagi Kogen, but you can park your motorcycle in the general parking lot in Amagi Kogen Family Park. Parking is free. However, parking spaces are limited, so you may not be able to park during busy times.
There is also a public parking lot at the nearby Nishi Amagi Kogen. You can also park your bike here for free. From Nishi-Amagi Kogen, you can go to Amagi Kogen Family Park in about 10 minutes on foot.
This time I went on a motorcycle tour from central Tokyo to Amagi Highlands in Shizuoka Prefecture. We drove about 200km, but it was a comfortable driving course. Amagi Kogen is a popular spot where you can get close to nature. We also enjoyed activities such as putter golf and purchasing local products. From the Izu Skyline and Tokasayama Road, we could see spectacular views of the Izu Peninsula, Suruga Bay, and Mt. Fuji. As I rode my bike, I was able to enjoy the scenery while feeling the breeze. Amagi Kogen is a recommended spot for motorcycle touring.
that’s all. If you are interested in Amagi Plateau, please come by bike. The English name for Amagi Plateau is Amagi Plateau. thank you very much.