Every now and then I get a strong desire to head out to Chausuyama (茶臼山), Urugi (売木), and Tenryu (天龍) in southeast Nagano, bordering Aichi and Shizuoka prefectures. I never quite know what draws me out there but the isolation (relative to Japan) is a big factor. The area has the wonderful Tenryu River running […]Read more "Cycling Tenryu in Southeast Nagano"
I first went to the Owara Kaze no Bon festival (おわら風の盆) in September, 2008. Compared to other summer festivals in Japan it’s a fairly subdued affair, but it makes up for that in the beauty on display. Japan, so undeniably ugly at times – think of all the concreted river banks, bland convenience stores, and […]Read more "Owara Kaze no Bon / おわら風の盆"
This river and small mountain range is less than 30 minutes from my home by car and about 45 minutes by bicycle. I knew it looked wonderful in autumn but summer (despite the insane heat and humidity) looks pretty good too.Read more "Summer Hike"
Probably my favourite road in Japan these days. Deep in the Nagano mountains but within reach of Nagoya. While riding we came across a Japanese serow (kamoshika/カモシカ) in the forest. There’s something wonderful and magical about these forest dwellers, especially if you can make eye contact. Stay adventurous, stay keen, and keep exploring. Ridden with Zac […]Read more "Nagano Rindo Ride"
I’ve been wanting to combine cycling with hiking for a while now and decided that this weekend was going to be the time to actually try it out. This is the hike up to Sanpukutoge (三伏峠) on the Nagano/Shizuoka border in the Minami Alps. On a clear day Mt.Fuji is clearly visible so it would […]Read more "Bike & Hike in the Minami Alps"
Last weekend we took another hike up Mt. Gozaisho. This time we took the back route (裏道) to the top and took the central/middle route (中道) back down. If you live in the Nagoya area and enjoy hiking, Mt. Gozaisho should be one of your go to hikes as it’s suitable for most ages and […]Read more "Another Mt. Gozaisho Hike"
Before we start a disclaimer is necessary. I’m not a professional reviewer (as you’ll probably soon realize from this review), just someone who likes to ride a lot outdoors. It’s almost a year since I bought the Curve GXR and it’s fair to say that it has become my main bicycle. I use it for […]Read more "Curve GXR – One Year Review"