The Night I Had An Initial D Mountain All To Myself

This isn’t the first time I’ve been to Mount Haruna (known as Mount Akina in Initial D), but it is the first time I’ve gone at night. To my surprise, other than a Nissan R-34 GT-R and a Mitsubishi Evo who left as I showed up, I had the entire mountain all to myself until the following morning. This is what it was like.

Advertisement

In Pursuit of Initial D: Driving The Real Mount "Akina"

Each of the mountains in Initial D are real locations in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. On beautiful weekends, the roads don't just have day trippers to the various tourist spots, you can also spot modified cars and motorcycles enjoying the drive. I recently took a group of friends out on a quick jaunt around Mount "Akina."…

Four Reasons Why Driving in Japan Actually Sucks

If your idea of driving in Japan has been wholly influenced by Initial D and Fast and Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, you're in for quite a shock. Even JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) enthusiasts who do not base their views of wider Japanese driving culture on such Western media representations often do not realise that while…