Route Maps & Details for Zwift’s Makuri Islands Course

Route Maps & Details for Zwift’s Makuri Islands Course

This page includes maps and other details for all routes on Zwift’s Makuri Islands course.

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Chain Chomper

Animated “Chain Chomper” Route Details (Makuri Islands) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Chain Chomper is one of the tougher routes on this map. It takes you up the Castle and Temple KOMs in back-to-back fashion, then you descend to finish at the Country Sprint.

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Chain Chomper is one of the tougher routes on this map. It takes you up the Castle and Temple KOMs in back-to-back fashion, then you descend to finish at the Country Sprint.

Route Basics

Length: 13.6 km (8.5 miles)
Elevation:
184 m (604‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: Makuri Islands

Start & Finish

Begins and ends at Country Sprint Arch.

Achievement Badge: 270 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Castle KOM
Temple KOM from Castle Side
Country Sprint

Strava Strava Segments

Chain Chomper

Bike Selection

Go with an all-arounder road bike setup since there’s so much pavement. Be confident that even if the MTB or Gravel riders drop you on the dirt climb, you’ll be able to claw them back on the long paved descent to the finish line.

Route Description

This route breaks up nicely into 5 sections of roughly equal length: the flat start, the Castle KOM, the Temple KOM, the Temple KOM descent, and the paved descent.

We begin with a short, flat warmup from the Country Sprint arch. Enjoy it while you’ve got it, because the climbing begins 2km in!

Our first climb is the Castle KOM, which ends in the Castle area. Then you leave the Castle and hit the dirt singletrack to take on the Temple KOM, which ends at the giant mystical tree.

Once you ride through the three, you’ll descend the backside of the KOM, which spits you out onto a paved road near the fishing village. This paved road continues to descent essentially all the way back to the Country Sprint arch. Are you ready to do it again?

Countryside Tour

Animated “Countryside Tour” Route Details (Makuri Islands) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Countryside Tour is sort of a reverse Chain Chomper with some extra flat road at the beginning.

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Countryside Tour is sort of a reverse Chain Chomper with some extra flat road at the beginning.

Route Basics

Length: 15.8 km (9.8 miles)
Elevation:
185 m (607‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: Makuri Islands

Start & Finish

Begins and ends at lap arch

Achievement Badge: 310 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Country Sprint
Temple KOM from Fishing Village Side

Strava Strava Segments

Countryside Tour

Bike Selection

Go with your most aero road bike since there’s so much tarmac at the start. But on a one-lap race, swap to a gravel bike before starting the Temple KOM, then stay on your gravel bike through the lap arch/finish. (It’s not worth the time lost to swap back.)

Route Description

This route breaks up nicely into 3 sections of roughly equal length: the flat start, the Temple KOM, and the descent from the KOM tree back to the start line.

We begin with a 5.5km flat warmup through the farmlands to the Country Sprint arch. Then the road begins to climb as you go through Village Onsen and the Fishing Village before turning left onto the dirt path of the Temple KOM climb.

The Temple KOM ends at the giant mystical tree, then we descend through the marketplace/Castle area to the start banner to do it all over again.

Flatland Loop

Animated “Flatland Loop” Route Details (Makuri Islands) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Flatland Loop contains a few more lumps and bumps than the name implies – in fact, it’s not even the flattest route on the Yumezi map! But it does manage to skip the KOMs.

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Flatland Loop contains a few more lumps and bumps than the name implies – in fact, it’s not even the flattest route on the Yumezi map! But it does manage to skip the KOMs.

Route Basics

Length: 13.0 km (8.1 miles)
Elevation:
99 m (325‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: Makuri Islands

Start & Finish

Begins and ends at lap arch

Achievement Badge: 260 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Country Sprint

Strava Strava Segments

Flatland Loop

Bike Selection

Use the most aero road bike you can get, as this route is quite flat and no dirt. More info:

Fastest Frames >
Fastest Wheels >

Route Description

This route breaks up nicely into 3 sections of roughly equal length: the flat start, the slight climb up through two villages, then the descent back to the start line.

We begin with a 5.5km flat warmup through the farmlands to the Country Sprint arch. Then the road begins to climb as you go through Village Onsen and the Fishing Village before turning right to head back toward the Castle area.

From here on out it’s either flat or descending all the way back to the start line.

 

Kappa Quest

Animated “Kappa Quest” Route Details (Makuri Islands) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Kappa Quest is named after the amphibious yōkai demon/imp found in Japanese folklore. Keep your eyes open – perhaps you’ll see one?

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Kappa Quest is named after the amphibious yōkai demon/imp found in Japanese folklore. Keep your eyes open – perhaps you’ll see one?

Route Basics

Length: 9 km (5.6 miles)
Elevation:
139 m (456‘)
Lead-In: 3.3 km (2.1 miles)
Map: Makuri Islands

Start & Finish

Begins at island spawn point before Fishing Village. Finishes atop the Temple KOM.

Achievement Badge: 180 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Temple KOM from Fishing Village Side

Strava Strava Segments

Kappa Quest

Bike Selection

A gravel bike will give you the most balanced advantage here. Choose a good climber!

Route Description

The official route is simply a descent from the giant mythical tree atop the Temple KOM, then a short trip across to the start of the Temple KOM to climb it again.

But we start with a lead-in, since we spawn on the island just before the Fishing Village. Ride over the bridge, through the Village, then turn left onto the dirt and begin your climb. The lead-in ends atop the Temple KOM, so it’s a substantial startup effort!

 

Sea to Tree

Animated “Sea to Tree” Route Details (Makuri Islands) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Sea to Tree is a short, one-way route up the Temple KOM from the Fishing Village side. You begin at the “sea” on the island before the Fishing Village, and end at the giant mythical tree atop the KOM.

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Sea to Tree is a short, one-way route up the Temple KOM from the Fishing Village side. You begin at the “sea” on the island before the Fishing Village, and end at the giant mythical tree atop the KOM.

Route Basics

Length: 3.2 km (2.0 miles)
Elevation:
107 m (351‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: Makuri Islands

Start & Finish

Begins at island spawn point before Fishing Village. Finishes atop the Temple KOM.

Achievement Badge: 65 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Temple KOM from Fishing Village Side

Strava Strava Segments

Sea to Tree

Bike Selection

A gravel bike is definitely the best pick here. Choose a good climber!

Route Description

We spawn on the island just before the Fishing Village. Ride over the bridge, through the Village, then turn left onto the dirt and begin your climb. The route ends atop the Temple KOM, so it’s a one-way climbing effort!

Once you reach the top, pull over and take a breather inside the giant tree. The wise fox knows you’ve suffered. Listen closely and perhaps he’ll offer some tips to help you PR on your next attempt.

 

Spirit Forest

Animated “Spirit Forest” Route Details (Makuri Islands) Map
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Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Spirit Forest is a figure 8 route that keeps you in the Temple KOM area, without actually completing any KOMs!

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Spirit Forest is a figure 8 route that keeps you in the Temple KOM area, without actually completing any KOMs!

Route Basics

Length: 8.4 km (5.2 miles)
Elevation:
134 m (440‘)
Lead-In: 4 km (2.5 miles)
Map: Makuri Islands

Start & Finish

Begins at island spawn point before Fishing Village. Finishes atop the Temple KOM.

Achievement Badge: 170 XP

Strava Strava Segments

Spirit Forest

Bike Selection

A gravel bike will give you the most balanced advantage here. Choose a good climber!

Route Description

This route has the longest lead-in of any Yumezi route at 4km length, with a good chunk of climbing!

We spawn on the island just before the Fishing Village. Ride over the bridge, through the Village, then turn left onto the dirt and begin your climb. But instead of finishing the KOM from this side, you’ll cut across on the bypass trail, then finish the KOM from the Castle side. Once you ride through the KOM arch at the giant tree, the actual route begins.

From here you’ll descend toward the Fishing Village, take the bypass trail, descend to the Castle, then cut across to the Fishing Village area where you’ll begin it all over again.

 

Three Village Loop

Animated “Three Village Loop” Route Details (Makuri Islands) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Three Village Loop takes you on the shortest possible route between the three villages of the Yumezi map: the Castle, Fishing Village, and Village Onsen.

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Three Village Loop takes you on the shortest possible route between the three villages of the Yumezi map: the Castle, Fishing Village, and Village Onsen.

Route Basics

Length: 10.5 km (6.5 miles)
Elevation:
92 m (302‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: Makuri Islands

Start & Finish

Begins and ends at the Country Sprint arch.

Achievement Badge: 210 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Castle KOM
Country Sprint

Strava Strava Segments

Three Village Loop

Bike Selection

Use the most aero road bike you can get, as this route is quite flat and no dirt. More info:

Fastest Frames >
Fastest Wheels >

Route Description

Begin on the flattest part of your route, with a quick lead-in to the start of the Castle KOM. Climb your way up to the Castle, through the marketplace, and be sure to stop and pet some of the friendly dogs and cats. Then cut across to the Fishing Village!

Here you can wave hello to the friendly merchants and even examine their fish for sale. But we don’t recommend picking anything up for dinner unless you’ve got some easily washable panniers!

From the Fishing Village it’s an easy descent to Village Onsen, a vibrant place filled with Yokai floats, food carts, hot springs, and even some lovely koi ponds on the outskirts. Keep descending to the Country Sprint, put in a good dig for the green jersey, and your lap is complete!

 

 

Two Village Loop

Animated “Two Village Loop” Route Details (Makuri Islands) Map
Animated map provided by ZwiftHacks

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Two Village Loop takes you to the Castle and Village Onsen. Along the way, you’ll ride some short bits of road that aren’t covered by any other Yumezi route. Enjoy!

Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Two Village Loop takes you to the Castle and Village Onsen. Along the way, you’ll ride some short bits of road that aren’t covered by any other Yumezi route. Enjoy!

Route Basics

Length: 12.8 km (8.0 miles)
Elevation:
88 m (289‘)
Lead-In: 0 km ( miles)
Map: Makuri Islands

Start & Finish

Begins and ends at the lap arch.

Achievement Badge: 255 XP

Banners and Leaderboards

(in order of appearance)
Country Sprint
Village Sprint

Strava Strava Segments

Two Village Loop

Bike Selection

Pick your most aero gravel or road bike, then use your bike’s Crr advantage to ride strategically and drop anyone who made the opposite pick.

Route Description

Begin at the lap banner and quickly hang a right onto the dirt path which winds through the farmland flats. Wave hello to the farmers, and notice how the houses, tools, and automobiles here are rustic, but functional – everything has a purpose.

Once you’re back on the pavement you can have a go at the Country Sprint, then climb up to Village Onsen for a lap and a half around its outer roads. Many sights to see here!

Then we exit the village and turn onto the dirt road that takes us up through the beautiful Golden Forest. It’s every gravel rider’s dream virtual path!

Next, it’s time to have a go at your second sprint – the Village sprint. Give it all you’ve got, then descend to the start arch and do it all over again!

 

 

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Anonymous
Anonymous
30 days ago

I hate being the negative one, but these roads aren’t anything special so far…
Let’s hope they add up Mt Fuji + other major climbs and extend the map on a regular basis (monthly would be great)

Carlos Munoz
Super Member
Carlos Munoz (@munoz_carlos)
30 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Exactly. Is it beautifull, yes. Is it fancy, yes. Is it a hype fue to the olympics?, hell yeah. Was it needed?, mmmm I don’t think so. Is it, imo, any of those roads interesting?, nope :-(. None of those routes is longer than 15km and/or +200 🙁

Tim
Tim
30 days ago
Reply to  Carlos Munoz

What do you mean by interesting? What would make for some new interesting roads? Have any additional roads added to zwift in the past been interesting for you?

Carlos Munoz
Super Member
Carlos Munoz (@munoz_carlos)
30 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Interesting means diversity in those terms. When they added France it was interesting as they have many diff posibilities when in this time, it looks all kinda the same.

Tim
Tim
30 days ago
Reply to  Carlos Munoz

Hmm, I’m still not understanding what you mean. Makuri seems to have many different kinds of settings, France seems like it has two: country side and town.

david
david
30 days ago
Reply to  Carlos Munoz

I find this way more interesting than France, its a great starting point for further expansion too

Ben Palmer
Ben Palmer
30 days ago
Reply to  david

Agree – interesting to see how others’ perceptions vary, isn’t it? I would class this expansion as quality over quantity, whereas France for me is very much the other way around – as dull as the NY map (Ventop excepted). I think if this map continues to expand with the same level of detail and care, this will be a fantastic new world and better than all by Watopia, by far.

Anonymous
Anonymous
30 days ago
Reply to  david

France has Ventop. Makuri has… no climb (so far)

David
David
29 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Is your point that a climb makes a map interesting? I think France is dull with or without ventop. Given its very likely that a fuji climb is released soon I’m not sure you make a consistent point even if you were to belive that a map needs a big climb to be interesting

Neil coles
Neil coles
29 days ago
Reply to  david

Hmm further expansion…as in zwift haven’t released any significant content for a year, here’s 20km for the $500million subscriber revenues we took and you can look forward to an expansion one day…

David
David
29 days ago
Reply to  Neil coles

So you are telling me there isn’t going to be any more than 20km of roads released this year? I’m pretty sure that’s wrong

Tom
Tom
30 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Your last question first – the Alpe, Ventop. Your 1st question – provides new challenge for people who use Zwift for training and racing, rather than people who want to pootle around looking at the scenery. Your 2nd question – expanding France to include all three climbs of Ventoux and the roads linking all the way around the base – which would give a properly worthy 100km+ alternative to riding Mega, Uber, PRL etc.

Tim
Tim
29 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Okay so you are exclusively interested in very long routes and big climbs. Other people (who also like to challenge themselves and race and train hard, which you can do on any type of course believe it or not) like other things. And I’d dare say that it is a larger group that is less interested in huge 100km routes then is. I like to push hard in an interested world, everyone on zwift does, otherwise we’d just go stare at power numbers. It’s the first course of a new world, they’ve said it will grow, it can’t have everything… Read more »

Carlos Munoz
Super Member
Carlos Munoz (@munoz_carlos)
23 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Hi Tim,

after riding the whole weekend on Maruki I allow myself to change my mind and giving u the right (this time) :-). I quite enjoyed the rides. This world, right now, is not about racing but about enjoying the environment. One can do in any case good leg-snapper races with the actual world, it’s only question of time.

Long story short, u re right 🙂

Ian J
Ian J
29 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Flatter roads can provide a challenge for people using Zwift too, riding fast for long distances on flat or rolling roads is just as valid a training experience as grinding up interminable mountains. It’s horses for courses, if you’re small and light then mountains are probably fun (or so I’ve been told), but if you’re big and heavy they’re just a nightmare. Personally I’d much rather spend a couple of hours cranking out mega-miles on a rolling course than spend the same number of hours grinding slowly up something like VenTop.

Derek
Derek (@dpr4473)
24 days ago
Reply to  Carlos Munoz

Yes, rather lame course overall.

rmx
rmx
30 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

internet warriors – we want new content

zwift – here.

internet warriors – not like that

Ian J
Ian J
29 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Well, everyone likes different things. As a big heavy rider I could do without any more long grinding major climbs. For me they’re nothing but suffering, if I wanted to travel that slowly I’d take up hiking.

Tom Blackwell
Tom Blackwell
11 days ago
Reply to  Ian J

I’m not that big or heavy, but I still routinely mix short intense rides with longer more demanding ones. One builds fun, the second, patience. No results improve until we keep on doing it even when results don’t immediately reflect our effort. As one long time Masters rider told me: “Sometimes a 25km/hr ride is better than a 35km/hr ride” Peacefully accepting both strengths and weaknesses

Martin Björgvik
Martin Björgvik (@martin)
30 days ago

Looks really cool, will try it out tonight after work

MHolden
MHolden (@holdenadventures)
30 days ago

This is AWESOME!!! Can’t wait!!! whoohoo!!!

Viktor
Viktor (@viktor_icarus)
30 days ago

Here’s to hoping they will update the gravel bikes considering the amount of dirt tracks. Would be nice to have a decent middle ground rather than needing to switch bikes or slogging along with the mtb on roads or road bikes on gravel.

Jimmy
Jimmy
30 days ago
Reply to  Viktor

Agree – I’m actually giving the Cervelo Aspero some serious consideration at the moment to use on this map. I’d written the gravel bikes off up till now but will be interesting to see some stats if the guys can run some testing with them.

Surly
Surly
29 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy

I just rode the TT. Don’t tell anyone 😉

Mike
Mike
27 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy

I got the Aspero for the course and I’d have to say it’s worth it. Doesn’t feel too different than a road bike on the road and it feels way better than a road bike on the dirt. My speeds drop a little off road but not nearly as much as if I were on any of my other bikes.

Andy Bell
Andy Bell
29 days ago
Reply to  Viktor

Still quicker on a MTB up the Temple KOM than on a gravel bike. I rode it twice last night First time on a gravel bike the second time on the MTB.

Tony Lane
Tony Lane
25 days ago
Reply to  Andy Bell

yes, but i think that the point is that these new roads are not the Temple KOM – they are much more of a mix of road and trail, rather than just all trail. Changing bikes between each section costs too much time and so you need a bike that copes with both. Gravel bikes might have suddenly become useful in Zwift.

Wayne
Wayne
30 days ago

What was the point? As usual Zwift doesn’t listen to its users.

Ian J
Ian J
29 days ago
Reply to  Wayne

Wow, that was pretty negative, without actually stating what the perceived problem is.

M. D. S. Günther
M. D. S. Günther
30 days ago

I expected something different but I welcome any kind of new roads. Can’t wait to get my wheels on it 🙂
Also it’s the Makuri islands but tge

M. D. S. Günther
M. D. S. Günther
30 days ago

… But the Yumezi launch? So there is more coming and it’s just a staggered launch to spread out content and not make it overwhelming (which is smart). There is still a few months until Olympics after all 😉

Neil coles
Neil coles
29 days ago

I don’t think there is any chance of the amount of content zwift release being overwhelming,🤣🤣

M. d. s. Günther
M. d. s. Günther
29 days ago
Reply to  Neil coles

As always with online games you can’t only target the super active demographics. The fact that you go to third-pary sites like this one makes you more engaged in Zwift than 90% of the userbase (made up number, just making a point). I will have seen enough of Makuri this week that i wouldn’t be overwhelmed by a new map release next week. This is not true for the vast majority and would make it impossible to catch-up for new users, which is by the way the group that Zwift wants to attract with their 500m$ investment that you referred… Read more »

W Currie
W Currie
30 days ago

Great overview Eric, I’m looking forward to riding this world!
Just as a small heads up though, I think the description in the Three Village Loop section should say ‘examine their smelly wares’ not ‘smelly whares’ – a whare is a hut or house in the Maori culture here in New Zealand, so this unfortunate spelling error suddenly takes on a completely different meaning! 😉

Temps09
Temps09 (@quatre24)
30 days ago

Some of the 3d profiles are not matching the route description.

Nick Keat
Nick Keat
30 days ago

Very pretty, but from the route descriptions, it looks like there’s aren’t any routes that don’t include some off road surface. If these sections are long enough that the ‘should I swap bikes’ question starts to be asked seriously then they become pretty useless for racing. Hoping that the answer to that question is a firm no!

Karl Wallevik
Karl Wallevik
30 days ago
Reply to  Nick Keat

Maybe these routes would actually be suited for gravel bikes?

anderfo
anderfo
30 days ago
Reply to  Karl Wallevik

Yes, at least for some of the courses I believe the gravel bikes will be the fastest option, depending on the race dynamics. The bike choice may be challenging.

Jimmy
Jimmy
30 days ago
Reply to  anderfo

That’s what I’m hoping, it’ll make things interesting. Zwift unfortunately can’t win. They added gravel bikes a while ago and everyone’s been complaining there’s no use for them. Now we have an interesting (and expanding) map that could be great for them, people are complaining they may have to swap bikes. They’re giving us new content with interesting dynamics. In races you’ll need to think of bike strategy and not just simply go for the Tron (or whatever) to repeatedly do the same thing. Do you go gravel, do you swap mid-race? Will be interesting.

Tom
Tom
30 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Here’s a radical thought – ban the Tron from races. So you actually have to think about which bike to use…

dan
dan
30 days ago
Reply to  Tom

tron is not the fastest bike.. so think about that.

David Copp
David Copp
29 days ago
Reply to  Nick Keat

I’ve been on Flatland Loop and Three Villages Loop, and everything is paved (except for wooden bridges).

David Copp
David Copp
29 days ago
Reply to  David Copp

Three “Village” Loop

Mike Wall
Mike Wall
30 days ago

Kappa Quest: is this designed for TTs, as it is one way?

Mike Wall
Mike Wall
30 days ago
Reply to  Mike Wall

Ignore! Can’t read properly

Gozilla
Gozilla
30 days ago

Yeeeeeaaaah, cool. Thanks for doing this!
Zwift is so great!

Tuur
Tuur
30 days ago

Love the Japan theme, now let’s hope that Zwift will consider expanding the guest world schedule from 3 to 4 worlds at the time, as it can get quite crowded sometimes with only 3 worlds available at the same time. Especially worlds like Yorkshire and NYC are often too populous, IMHO.

Neil coles
Neil coles
29 days ago
Reply to  Tuur

Agree!!! Well there are only two worlds plus watopia which while good is getting pretty tedious without expansion or investment, and in May France, arguably the best map featured for one day…terrible value for money

lin
lin
30 days ago

Why are all the maps not oriented w/north at the top like in Strava? It’s disorienting.

anderfo
anderfo
30 days ago
Reply to  lin

I agree, it’s weird. But I’m guessing they rotated it just to fit the expansions they are going to make (they need their map to be a rectangle) without making the map too large.

Jim
Jim
30 days ago

Brilliant, thanks for pulling this together so quickly Eric. I’ve chucked you a little donation to say thanks. I tried three villages and sea to tree first this this morning. Loved it!

Ryan
Ryan
30 days ago
Reply to  Jim

I second that. Thanks for all you do!

Ingrid Thorpe
30 days ago

First ride this morning and it’s an absolutely stunning map. Turn off the data on the screen and just enjoy what the designers have done. Yes some are going to complain about the route lengths but I quite like them. You don’t always want to go out and ride long distances. I’ve no doubt this map will expand to include more challenging climbs as we get closer to the Olympics.

Ian J
Ian J
29 days ago
Reply to  Ingrid Thorpe

Ooh, I forgot you can turn off the data panels now! Going to try that next time, this new world must look stunning with a clear view.

Ronald Jacobs
Ronald Jacobs
23 days ago
Reply to  Ingrid Thorpe

Thanks for this comment, Ingrid. Makuri Island seems to be all about the scenery, which is just completely different than any other Zwift world right now. There are already Zwift worlds and courses where you can test yourself against a long route or hard climbs, so I don’t think they need to add those features here. Honestly, my only beef with this is I wish just wish the Zwift staff would spend the figuring out how to make access to all the worlds available at once, like with a drop down menu or something.

E Redfoot
E Redfoot (@rothfusz)
30 days ago

There must be more new road coming soon. Got an email from Zwift stating : Explore and train on over 50 miles (80 km) of new roads with eight routes. Featuring flat routes, rolling hills, and challenging climbs that guide you through striking temples and traditional villages, deep woods, and night markets, Yumezi is packed with charm. 

Ian J
Ian J
29 days ago
Reply to  E Redfoot

I got that mail too, my first thought when I say the maps was, so where are the 50 miles of road? Must be an expansion coming very soon.

Dave (mtb.racer)
Dave (mtb.racer)
27 days ago
Reply to  E Redfoot

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you add up all the new routes distances it comes to just over 80km. I believe that’s the 80km of new roads they are referring to.

eugene kaub
eugene kaub
30 days ago

Thank You Eric, as always you are on top of things and have these details ready for us.
I can rely on ZwiftInsider to be there when i need any Zwift related info.

Ben Palmer
Ben Palmer
30 days ago

As aways – a great resource. Thanks Eric.

Steve Short
Steve Short
30 days ago

Details for Kappa Quest are wrong. Should be 5.6m / 456 feet

Jay Newby
Jay Newby
30 days ago

So which KOMs qualify for ZPoints in ZwiftPower?

anderfo
anderfo
29 days ago
Reply to  Jay Newby

Probably none of them yet – since they haven’t even managed to get all the France KOMs in there, none of the 4 newest Watopia courses are available there, and none of the Makuri Island courses are there.

Chris
Chris
30 days ago

Thanks Eric, any idea when these will be added to Zwift Hub?

Kaowin
Kaowin
30 days ago
Reply to  Chris

When he asks Toby nicely hehe

Toby :)
Toby :)
30 days ago
Reply to  Chris

Zoon 🙂

Peter Heirman
Peter Heirman
30 days ago

when will those achievement badges be active?

David
David
29 days ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Eric,

Is 165 XP for the Spirit Forest badge correct. Seems like it should 265 XP? Great work and thanks!

Remon Lam
Remon Lam (@remon-lam)
29 days ago
Reply to  David

I received 170 XP for the Spirit Forest badge

Evan
Evan
29 days ago
Reply to  David

There is a lead in.

David
David
29 days ago
Reply to  Evan

Who knew lead-ins didn’t count for Badge totals. Learn something knew regularly despite considering myself a seasoned Zwifter. Thanks

Evan
Evan
30 days ago

My guess is that more badges will be added soon- especially a climb. Remember that “the spirit of” sign on the road on their social media? That probably means they have already made that route- they are just waiting to release it.

Kris
Kris
30 days ago

Well, I find this new world a way to “embrace” the next Olympics Games. I tried today but it didn’t give me good vibes. I would have preferred an expansion of France (the RGV route I love it). This NW has too many off-road routes for me.

anderfo
anderfo
30 days ago

Time to make a map where the dirt/gravel and wood sections are indicated! Now you’d just have to guess on your bike choice until you’ve tried the whole route.

anderfo
anderfo
30 days ago
Reply to  anderfo

I made one, probably incomplete.comment image

Peter Higgins
Peter Higgins
30 days ago
Reply to  anderfo

quite good for so fast – can you add Castle KOM?

Peter Higgins
Peter Higgins
30 days ago
Reply to  Peter Higgins

Doh – just saw it after magnifying – might change the color of the font on that one so it does not blend into the castle.

anderfo
anderfo
30 days ago
Reply to  Peter Higgins

better now?

Remon Lam
Remon Lam (@remon-lam)
29 days ago
Reply to  anderfo

Nice thanks!

Peter Higgins
Peter Higgins
29 days ago
Reply to  anderfo

Yes, and really like the clear marking of the off-road sections!

Peter Higgins
Peter Higgins
27 days ago
Reply to  Peter Higgins

@eric, is there any way you can mark the dirt sections in the individual route maps with a distinct color like in the map above??

SBO
SBO
30 days ago

8 routes, totalling 90,5km, 988m of elevation and 1795XP. Hmm – not impressive at first glance. Hope they will expand this with longer routes and larger climbs.

Darren
Darren
30 days ago

I’m always happy to see new roads, but I’m a little disappointed that there’s no “pretzel” route that covers the entire map in one ride. I was also expecting something a bit more explicitly Japan/Olympics themed, with a Fuji climb.

Iván Fernández
Iván Fernández
30 days ago

No veo eso mundo. Será porque lo tengo en español?

GrumpyOldPizza
GrumpyOldPizza
30 days ago

Disappointing. Flat and short. It would have been more fun if they would have extended France to include more routes that you can combine and perhaps a climb in the 2400ft range. But this is utterly pointless as is right now.

Jim
Jim
30 days ago

Any word on when Apple TV will be updated for Yumezi?

Russell
Russell
30 days ago
Reply to  Jim

It is already. I had to force the update through the App Store though.

Darren
Darren
28 days ago
Reply to  Russell

Me too…. I fired up Zwift last night, all pumped up for the new map… “Welcome to London”. Huh? I had to manually update Zwift in the App Store and then all was well.

dan
dan
30 days ago

its a strange map; after testing most of it out, I feel like its still suited to the heavier rider; the climbs are more or less very similar to the jungle climbs in terms of length and difficulty; its TOOO twisty imo and TOOOOO narrow. will be interesting to see what visual chaos it brings with the rapid turns and big groups filling the narrow “paths”. bike choice will matter depending on your riding ability.

George
George
30 days ago
Reply to  dan

I agree here, while it looks good I feel it could get veeeerrrry janky with how narrow and twisty some of the paths are when there are big group rides.

Bogie
Bogie (@frank-olsthoorn)
30 days ago
Reply to  dan

what bike type do you advise?

Tim
Tim
29 days ago
Reply to  dan

I like the narrowness, makes the world feel more real and immersive. The other worlds everything seems so far from you, like you’re out in the middle of a barren road separated from all the interesting things.

Peter Higgins
Peter Higgins
27 days ago
Reply to  dan

Twisty is a lot more fun if you have steering activated. Finding/taking the short line is sort of a Zen thing, especially when the paths are not crowded.

Evan
Evan
30 days ago

Hi Eric, what bike do you think is best for this world? Would gravel bikes be any good? thanks

Jim Winger
Jim Winger
30 days ago

How did you do all this so quickly?? You are awesome, thanks for being such a great resource for this community. Last night I was thinking about riding new roads today, but I felt naked and unprepared knowing I wouldn’t be able to scout them on ZI first. Problem solved!!

Temps 09
Temps 09 (@quatre24)
30 days ago

Already have an idea for a rebel route just looking the map for gravel bikes. Just need to figure a good S/F point.

John W
John W
30 days ago

I’m a bit disappointed. It looks pretty but essentially a similar experience to some Watopia routes.

I would be really keen for a world to have a Cat 4, Cat 3, Cat 2 and Cat 1 climb close together to make for a range of climbing routes/races. Maybe in the middle of the France map? Also cobbled climbs and sectors that could recreate a Classics feel. I think this more than new graphics would increase the range if experiences and races.

HookedOnZwift
HookedOnZwift
30 days ago

Good job! And thanks for the hard work you do. ..Am I the only one wondering how the train got from Watopia to The Makuri Islands?

Peter Wong
Peter Wong
30 days ago

Disapointing. More of the same with no attempt to remediate structural weaknesses, or to do more to bring back the fun. A missed opportunity.

Bogie
Bogie (@frank-olsthoorn)
30 days ago

Am I wrong or does the Three Village Loop does not give a route complete badge? Just rode it from the route menu for 20km and 190D+ and no badge….arghhhh :-(. Can you check if I am the only one please? Thx!

Rika
Rika
29 days ago
Reply to  Bogie

Just looked. I got mine this morning. 🙂

Foz
Foz
30 days ago

Hi Eric
On the chain chomper intro you note “Introduced in Zwift’s May 2021 Yumezi launch, Chain Chomper is one of the tougher routes on this map. It takes you up the Castle and Temple KOMs in back-to-back fashion, then you descend and do it all over again!” This is I believe one lap only as you note in your description further down

Robin Williams
Robin Williams
29 days ago

Which of these routes do you suggest we use a mountain bike as an alternative to a road bike? Looking for some variety!

Mark Gallagher
Mark Gallagher
29 days ago
Reply to  Robin Williams

Only done 3 so far but for mountain bike:

  • Sea to Tree – Thought “how can they have a route that’s so short”. Now I love it. Its a intense lung and leg buster, uphill most of the way and absolute joy blitzing past all the road bikes.
  • Spirit Forest – Basically a figure-eight that incorporates and extends on Sea to Tree. A mountain bike race circuit.

All in all I liked what I saw. Yes, some longer routes too would be very nice but still good.

Greg Palmisano
Greg Palmisano
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Gallagher

Once you complete Sea to Tree can you turn around and ride back down Tree to Sea?

Ha, no.
Ha, no.
29 days ago

Zwift just can’t win.

Users: “We want new bikes!”
Zwift: “Here are gravel bikes.”
Users: “There’s nowhere to use them!”
Zwift: “Here’s somewhere to use them.”
Users: “We wanted more!”
Zwift: “There will be more coming.”
Users: “But we want it NOW!”

This is why Zwift doesn’t cater to the vocal users on the internet. They are impossible to please. There will always be something wrong, they will always want more, even when given exactly what they asked for.

Be happy with what you have
Be happy with what you have
26 days ago
Reply to  Ha, no.

Its the Veruka Salt syndrome – I want it all and I want it now.

Alex
Alex
29 days ago

For anyone up for a challenge: Thanks to the short new routes and the ability to stop, save and start a new activity, there’s a chance to hold 3 KOM jerseys at the same time. Do the Chain Chomper route that includes Castle KOM and Temple KOM and finish the route (or exit immediately) and then start the Countryside Tour. Unless somebody beat your times, you still have both jerseys and can go for the third one, going up the Temple KOM from the other direction. Unfortunately I lost one of the first two jerseys while going for the third… Read more »

anderfo
anderfo
29 days ago
Reply to  Alex

There’s also a U turn button if you want to try the climbs in both directions 🙂
By the way, is there no Castle KOM reverse?

anonymous
anonymous
29 days ago

Kudos to the world designers, they’ve persuaded me to turn off the HUD (for a while).

Funkster
Funkster
29 days ago

I see comments about this being nothing special or new. While the altitude won’t rival anything that we’ve ridden elsewhere, there’s at least something unique about this route with near back-to-back KOM’s. Even with manual routing I don’t know without u-turning and repeating that you can do that on any other zwift world map. Maybe zwift could make some combined award for it in the game. It could add some interesting spice to race events on this map too. I’m sure Eric/ZI will strava segment it at least.

Alex
Alex
29 days ago
Reply to  Funkster

It’s technically 2 KOMs but they are both so short that the combination is still significantly shorter than any of the big ones. Did both around 4:20min and wasn’t going full speed.

samcooke
samcooke (@samcooke)
29 days ago

lots of gravel roads! hopefully this means some more gravel bikes coming soon! I’d be interested to see how they perform on some of the routes compared to the MTBs/ROad bikes. Eg. uphill dirt, downhill road – do they outperform both?
Also note mt Fuji in the background, not too far away for potential map expansion!

Ian Tuck
Ian Tuck (@ituck)
29 days ago

Are there finally some routes here for which the gravel bike prevails?

Ryan H
Ryan H
29 days ago
Reply to  Ian Tuck

Definitely. My feeling after riding them was a) I had gone on a bit of a vacation b) the couple routes I did (Countryside Tour, Two Villages) are squarely in the gravel-bike camp at what felt like pretty even mix of road/trail and c) the compromised surfaces shifted the experience from hammering for PRs to sitting up a bit and just enjoying a ride. Canyon Grail, hud off.

Tim
Tim
29 days ago
Reply to  Ian Tuck
S Campbell
S Campbell
29 days ago

Just rode the “flat route” and then some free riding (I got lost)and loved it! The narrow roads are a nice change and the variety of scenery was awesome. Was pretty crowded, and based on the number of “RideON” thumbs, i guessing people were in a good mood and liking the new roads.
As someone above noted, it might get interesting on group rides with the narrow roads, but overall a great update.

Peter Higgins
Peter Higgins
29 days ago

Hi Eric – lots of folks with MacOS prior to BigSur are now locked out of Zwift after the upgrade. Lots of comments (now > 140) on ZSF. The good news is that a fix is on the way – likely Friday EST. Those who have hardware that allows upgrade to BigSur should go ahead and do it.
Those with older MacOS hardware will have to wait for the fix.
https://forums.zwift.com/t/macos-problems-with-new-update-1-13-0-may-19-2021/549525/

Wiebke
27 days ago
Reply to  Peter Higgins

If you have problems logging into Zwift on an older Mac (mine is running Mojave) try renaming the Zwift directory in home//Documents (replacing with your Mac username). Worked find for me 😉

Rad
Rad
29 days ago

I quite like the 13k all tarmac loop. Dirt is not my favourite. I prefer real life worlds and routes over ‘imaginary’ ones.

Russell Shaw
Russell Shaw
29 days ago

Love all the gravel, but I really hope they improve the gravel bikes and give us the ability to change wheels.

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