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"
This is going out there as an outdoor adventure. Midnight, deep in Gifu, fire, samurai, tradition. Godo-cho, Gifu.Read more "Fire Festival"
Solitude. A walk in the mountains. A day away from the internet. A life without Zuckerberg. Wouldn’t that be something.Read more "A Lone Hiker in Mie"
Old friend Alex – an English, Japanese, French, and German speaker – has finally opened a guest house in Urugi, southern Nagano. A great place for cycling, hiking, and rural Japanese life. Find him on Google and Facebook at Urugi International Center.Read more "Urugi International Center"