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Zwift launches new Japan-inspired map

Joe Robinson
20 May 2021

Makuri Islands will add 85km of new road and eight new routes to the virtual app

The virtual world of Zwift has expanded yet again, this time with a new Japan-inspired map that introduces eight new routes and 85km of new roads to explore.

The popular training game launched the new virtual world called Makuri Islands on Thursday and will be open for all Zwift users to ride for the next 10 days until 1st June, before it joins the app's fellow maps on rotation.

The first map within the Makuri Islands will be Yuzemi, 'a fantastical countryside destination, inspired by Japanese culture' which translates to 'path of dreams'.

A combination of gravel and tarmac roads, Zwift states, 'Yumezi boasts a wide variety of road types from tight, flat, winding roads ideal for fast races to dirt roads and cobbled market streets', adding that users 'exploring the new map will discover lush green fields, ginkgo forests bristling with life and mystical creatures, cherry blossom trees, gushing waterfalls and ancient temples.'

The new Makuri Islands map joins the existing maps of Watopia, London, Richmond, Paris, France, Innsbruck, Yorkshire and New York.

New Zwift Yumezi routes

Sea to Tree (3.3km/108m elevation) - A short, challenging climb from the peaceful Fishing Village  
Kappa Quest (9.1km/140m elevation) - This scenic loop is filled with Temples and Shrines  
Chain Chomper (13.6km/184m elevation) - Two challenging KOM’s and a Sprint, test your endurance around the countryside  
Countryside Tour (15.9km/185m elevation) - From farmlands to mystical mountains, this looped route is the perfect way to visit the countryside  
Flatland Loop (13km/99m elevation) - A gentle and flat route winding around the countryside  
Two Village Loop (12.8km/88m elevation) - Explore two villages as you pedal through this challenging circuit  
Spirit Forest (8.5km/135m elevation) - Grind your way through this mystical figure 8. Visit at night and ride with the spirits  
Three Village Loop (10.6km/93m elevation) - Climb, sprint and explore three unique villages in one go

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