Melody Road: The mysterious road that plays music as you drive in Japan

Articles May 31, 2020 11:36

Japan is famous for having interesting, extremely unique inventions that the whole world admires. Among the many strange things Japan possesses, the music street called Melody Road has become a topic of recent interest.

If you have the opportunity, travel to Japan and drive yourself on this road to feel the special things waiting for you.

Discover Melody Road - the music playing road

Melody Road: The mysterious road that plays music as you drive in Japan

It will be an interesting experience when you enjoy melodious or funny music on your car instead of the familiar and boring phone ringing. The road we want to talk about is located in Hokkaido, the largest province in Japan. The idea of creating this unique road came from Shizuo Shinoda after he once discovered that the road surface could produce different sounds depending on a number of factors. He accidentally scraped grooves into the road for bulldozer work, then drove on them and discovered different tunes.

Melody Road: The mysterious road that plays music as you drive in Japan

This idea was implemented by the Hokkaido National Technology Research Institute, creating interesting Melody roads. It is found that between the adjacent grooves there is a higher pitch than the grooves placed far apart. Thanks to this, they apply this principle to form diverse gaps on the road to create great music. Listening to music while driving makes the drivers happier and more interested in their work. Gradually, this smart application is widely known to people and visitors, making the normal road segment much more crowded because of the traffic. However, Japanese people always have great management plan. They never let traffic jam to affect the road.

Melody Road: The mysterious road that plays music as you drive in Japan

This special road was officially launched in 2007. Besides, the design of the road make it only create music when the car runs at a speed of about 40 - 47 km / h with lowest engine noise. This regulation helps drivers to comply with speed limit, making them observe, focus on steering control and encourage people to participate in civilized and safe traffic. It is known that the sequence of grooves is made with a width of 6 - 12mm to cause vibrations at different high and low frequencies, thus making the perfect music.

Melody Road: The mysterious road that plays music as you drive in Japan

Each segment of Melody Road is from 175 to 200m long, with thousands of small grooves. It seems normal but it's a miracle. Since being put into use, this mysterious road has attracted many more visitors to test the wonderful feeling of driving while playing music. The low notes, the high notes, are constantly resounding, making the mood of people become more comfortable. There are signs that you are about to begin your musical journey on the road, which are lots of beautiful colorful notes. The Melody Road is a magical result for Japanese creativity, intelligence and lovely thoughts, which is also one of the reasons why the world falls in admiration for them.

In addition to the famous music route in Hokkaido, there are three places in Japan that own this unique thing: Wakayama, Gunma and Shizuoka. This experience is worth being on a list of things to do when coming to Japan!

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