Driving Gunma for #MyJapanStory (VIDEO)

Driving Gunma for #MyJapanStory (VIDEO)

Editor’s Note:
The following video, assembled entirely by AkihabaraNews Senior Contributor Nayalan Moodley, was in made in partnership with the Japan National Tourism Organization as a part of the #MyJapanStory contest. The original video description below has been edited for structure and content.

Driving Gunma Prefecture

Everyone sees Japan as a destination in which to visit more destinations. But, I don't really do "destination" tourism...

From 2008 to 2013, I lived in Gunma Prefecture, drove a Nissan Silvia S14, and found that the best parts of the prefecture - and, in fact, the country - are more often than not the places that are a bit of a drive past the typical destinations, and the best experiences you can have are the ones that you share with the amazing people you meet on the long, winding road.

To cap off 2015, I rented a Toyota 86, called on some old friends, made some new ones, and went for a drive through nostalgia.

Timecode Details:

0:02 Rings Autoshop - Owned by Yoshitatsu Kaneda (0:08), Pro drifter and head of Team YRC (Also my closest friend in Japan)

0:35 Mt. Akagi (Shrine and Lake)

1:06 Shibukawa City - (My hometown) Many of my earlier vids were shot here, check them out to see more.

1:15 Rokumonsen -essence- My favourite ramen. The Master's mom is essentially my Japanese mother.

1:43 Mt. Haruna

1:49 Mt.Haruna - Melody Road. drive at a steady speed and lines in the road play notes as your tires roll over them. Gunma has a bunch of these melody roads on mountain passes throughout the prefecture.

2:11 Hidden Lookout on Mt. Haruna - no locations to this, I take you there or you find it on your own ;)

2:22 Allen Bo, taking strain. - He needs to jack up his constitution if he's to continue making his doccie about the nightlife in Gunma. More here.

2:47 Kusatsu Onsen - It's rated the best hot spring in Japan, and I do quite like it, but the water is too hot and it's always full of tourists. It's a good place to stop and take a break though.

3:36 Tonya - My favorite Tonkatsu place. Prices are average but value is phenomenal. Tastes bloody good too.

3:38 Shiriyaki Onsen - A few kilometers away from Kusatsu, in the middle of nowhere (Kunimura), is a heated river. Yes. The river itself is a natural hot spring. No entrance fees, No time limits, no restrictions and on clear winter nights, and an infinite ceiling of stars.

3:49 Convenience Store Munchies - AKA, a driver’s lifeblood.

4:07 Takayama

4:11 The Nihon Romantic Highway - 350 twisting kilometres of mountain roads from Tochigi, through Gunma and into Nagano. An epic drive, with almost no public transport access.

4:20 Shout out to MannyMarx - He’s the man who made the music for this vid (and many of my other ones too), and is now producing Frank Corva's (4:26) new solo album.

4:39 My old place... - Now a parking-lot.

5:03 I'll be back soon.

Extra special thanks to Tatsuya Okamura (Member of Team YRC) and to Yuki (famous instagrammer who lives the underground car-night-meet scene - both good friends from my first few weeks in Japan. While we couldn't drive together this time, I had to show their faces in the intro cos I love them dearly. We'll drive together again, I'm sure.

Thanks to All About Japan, they were my most consistent video client of 2015, if it wasn't for the work I do with them, This video would not have been possible. They also have a new english website which you Japanophiles should check out.

All Our Car News & Stuff

More to Enjoy:


Related Articles

Reno J. Tibke - June 22, 2014

SCENE IN TOKYO: Tokyo Toy Store - AkihabaraNews.com
Long before Michael Bay, and even before Hasbro's incarnation, Transformers were Takara Tomy's Microman and Diaclone, and Nintendo's Super Mario, long a global phenomenon, was first a game for Nintendo's Japan-only Famicom console.
Essentially, it’s Japan’s SEMA show (Specialty Equipment Market Association). Tuning companies and parts manufacturers show off their new products, tuning houses show off their latest builds, and automakers show off their future enthusiast and competition models and concepts.
Terrie's Take - AkihabaraNews.com

Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:

T.A.S. Lost Gallery Volume 1 - AkihabaraNews.com

Girls, Custom Cars, and 100 Awesome Photos that We Totally Forgot to Publish!

Girls, Custom Cars, and 100 Awesome Photos that We Totally Forgot to Publish! 

Nayalan Moodley - September 14, 2014

DRiFTWiRED: Tochigi Typhoon Vs. True Drift Culture - AkihabaraNews.com

Bleached blond hair, baggy overalls, a typhoon, and cars going sideways around Nikko Circuit - this is Pure Drifting

Editor - November 21, 2014

Tamiya is going to release a Kumamon radio-controlled tractor called R/C Tractor Kumamon Version. It will be sold as a construction kit and finished goods.

Nayalan Moodley - January 21, 2016

The Girls of Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 (GALLERY)
If wide and short were the overarching themes in automotive bodies at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, slender and tall (by japanese standards, at least) was the the look most companies went for when choosing ladies’ bodies to bring attention to their short, wide, show ponies.

At AkihabaraNews, we don't rest until we uncover all the most important news in Japan.  Here is some news, for those in need, from Muripo...


If your car’s due for a car wash, and if you’re feeling a little pervy, Akihabara has the perfect car wash service for you. For a limited time until 8/30, a team of cute girls wearing standard-issue school swimsuits will clean your car for exorbitant prices.

Honda XS1 Concept - AkihabaraNews.com

Japanese automakers are making a strong showing in the compact car segment of the 12th Auto Expo 2014, currently underway in New DehliIndia's premier auto show is actualy Asia's largest, and the second largest in the world, and it was there that Honda released their vision of the compact segment’s future.

Tochigi Drift Rides (DRiFTWiRED GALLERY) - AkihabaraNews.com

The Nissan Silvias, the Mazda RX-7s, the Peculiarly Modded Toyotas - These are the Rides of DRiFTWiRED

Tokyo Virtual Circuit - Racing-Spec Porsche 996 GT3 Simulator

When race car drivers need a little extra practice or when driving enthusiasts want to really let it fly and feel what pushing their car to the limit on a real racing circuit feels like, what do they do?  In Japan, they go to Tokyo Virtual Circuit in Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo.