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1962 Porsche 356B Super in Naraijuku. Credit: The Peninsula Tokyo

The ultimate Japanese driving tour

Driving holidays are one of the greatest ways to get to the heart of a destination, especially when you’re driving a classic car that hums, purrs and roars in all the right places.

That’s exactly what featured in The Peninsula Tokyo Rally Nippon 2017.

The epic, four-day rally – sponsored by The Peninsula Tokyo to celebrate its 10th anniversary – invited vintage car enthusiasts from around the globe to discover the historic sites, villages, and highways of Japan in classic style. Basically, it was the ultimate Japanese driving tour.

Car: 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster Location: Hakusan White Road. Credit: The Peninsula Tokyo

From the 21st to 25th October, 160 drivers and passengers in 80 classic cars weaved their way through some of Japan’s most stunning cities and landscapes, including the Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, Kirigamine Venus Line, and the famous Izu Sky Line.

Location: Fukube Falls at Hakusan White Road. Credit: The Peninsula Tokyo

Covering a distance of more than 1,000km from Kyoto to Tokyo, the group also made stops at numerous villages and heritage sites along the way, including Taga-taisha Shinto shrine, the picture-perfect village of Narai-juku, and the majestic Sengen Taisha Shrine.

At the historic Karaman Gate, Nijo Castle, Kyoto. Credit: The Peninsula Tokyo

Finishing at The Peninsula Tokyo, the rally was as a reminder of The Peninsula’s association with classic cars. Some of the luxury hotel’s Rolls Royce Phantom II even took part in the rally. If I was to tackle a Japanese driving holiday, this is the way I would want to do it!

View the full itinerary here.

Car model: 1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster Location: Naraijuku. Credit: The Peninsula Tokyo
Car model: 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing. Credit: The Peninsula Tokyo
Car model: The Peninsula Tokyo’s 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Location: Suwa-Taisha Shrine. Credit: The Peninsula Tokyo

Chris Ashton

We’re Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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