My wife and I have recently repatriated back to the USA but that doesn’t mean we have forgotten about the adventures in Japan.
For the second stop of my one-day Initial D expedition I chose Usui Pass (碓氷峠). There is no way a lone driver and fan of the series could possibly miss paying homage to the turf of Impact Blue and it’s driving team, Mako and Sayuki. Knowing that this was also the stomping grounds of Tsuchiya in real life just solidified the need to stop by.
The area was absolutely stunning but, unfortunately, there were pretty tall lane dividing reflectors so you can’t really make use of the space like in the anime. Additionally, many of the parking areas where you see the galleries of people parking to watch the battles, especially the famous C-121, are now fenced off and overgrown. Otherwise I definitely would have stopped for a picture.