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Where's this mountain road, in Kumamoto Japan?

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COVID permitting, I want to travel to Japan. I lighted upon the top and bottom picture on reddit.com/r/RoadPorn. 1. Please pinpoint on Google Maps?

  1. This road looks too hazardous and narrow for automobiles, because there's no fence! What kind of road is this? Solely for pedestrians?

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This road looks too hazardous and narrow for automobiles, because there's no fence! What kind of road is this? Solely for pedestrians?

That's clearly an automobile road. Having a steep dropoff on one side of the road is really not that unusual. The normal way to deal with that is to add a guardrail, which appears to be there. A typical "fence" would not stop a car sliding off a road, but that's exactly the point of a guardrail.

What makes this look so dramatic is that the slope keeps going for a long distance from the road, but even that is not unusual for mountain roads. Keep in mind, though, that a 5 meter drop is probably about as dangerous as a 100 meter drop. In any case, cars drive by both routinely many many times per day all around the world. There are dropoffs with a steeper angle (although shorter distance) along many "ordinary" roads.

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Sam Carter answered my question in the comment. This is "Laputa Road (Japanese: ラピュタの道)".

Google did not show me that URL.

Olin, I forgot about Google Earth. I shall download it.

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