Straight and hilly, the Kamifurano Roller Coaster Street

Nov. 9, 2020
A straight road that goes up and down like a roller coaster.

Just when you get to the top, the road plummets right back down again. The straight road that rises and falls over and over again like ocean waves for 2.5 kilometers in central Hokkaido’s Kamifurano Town is called “Roller Coaster Street”, and it is one of the most popular tourist sites in Hokkaido.
The official name is “Nishi 11 Sen Town Road”. The height difference between the bottoms and tops of the hills reaches up to 64 meters. The reason for the extreme slopes lies in the Tokachidake Mountain Range.
According to specialist Nakamura from the “Tokachidake Geopark Plan” that seeks Geopark certification for the surrounding areas, the area has an accumulation of volcanic mountain ash and pumice due to an approximately two million-year-old eruption. This kind of sediment usually winds up becoming a ravine when it is eroded by rain and rivers. However, in the Furano region, the temperature differences are great, so the snow and land surface froze and melted repeatedly. That caused many avalanches, resulting in a smooth sloped surface.
Known for its appearance in the TV drama “Yasashii Jikan” (written and scripted by So Kuramoto, starring Kazunari Ninomiya and Masami Nagasawa), the street has also garnered attention on social media in recent years. Attracted by farmland stretching for as far as the eye can see on both sides of the road and the splendid autumn colors of Mount Tokachidake, numerous tourist cars drive up and down the expanse, even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The road is accessible from National Route 237.

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"Roller Coaster Street"

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