The 2016 International Cavalcade was a fantastic road trip that showcased Japan's historic and cultural treasures
Japan is a country of extremes: extreme history, extreme architecture and extreme food. And, when over 70 Ferraris congregated in the ancient capital city of Kyoto in November, it was a scene of extreme beauty.
The International Cavalcade is a global version of the Ferrari Cavalcade that offers the unmistakable excitement, beauty and camaraderie to some of Maranello’s most important clients. The event had its second outing on 10-14 November in and around the former imperial capital city of Kyoto, as part of on-going celebrations to commemorate the 50 years since the first Ferrari was registered for the roads of Japan.
The 700km trip was undertaken by more than 70 Prancing Horses, including six LaFerraris, five 599 GTB Fioranos, two F12tdfs, two F40s, an Enzo, an SA Aperta, the one-off SP1 and a fine array of current-range Ferraris.
The journey got underway on a sun-drenched Friday morning at the Heian Jingu Shrine, built in 1895 for the 1100th anniversary of the relocation of the capital city to Heian-kyo. After a receiving a ceremonial blessing from the Shrine’s head priest, the fleet set off through the wonderfully picturesque city, then headed to Awaji Island across the engineering marvel that is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The afternoon then saw the cars kick into high gear at Central Circuit and through the rural landscape of Sasayama.
Saturday’s route traversed another prefecture, Shiga, taking the participants along the shores of the beautiful Lake Biwa. In ideal weather conditions, the Ferraris stopped by the landmarks Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Shirahige Shrine and the Castle of Hikone before admiring the brilliantly colored autumn foliage of the majestic Sequoia trees of Takashima.
The following day, the fleet explored the ancient city of Nara, taking in Todai-ji Temple, the remains of Heijo Imperial Palace, the summit of Mount Wakakusa, Kasuga-Taisha, Nara Park and the Nara National Museum, before visiting the thriving metropolis of Osaka and cruising down its most famous thoroughfare, Midosuji. The cavalcade was warmly welcomed in each region by tourists and local children, who gazed at the assembled Ferraris with considerable interest. A glittering gala dinner at Tofuku-ji Temple made for a fitting conclusion to this spectacular event.