Cycling with Max in Shinshiro.

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  1. Sean
    Planning on riding from Tokyo (Sakura) to Fukui in May of this year. Be grateful if you could give me any info on choice of routes etc, prefer to keep to minor back roads/gravel and away from big urban centres. Be bivvying most of time with the odd night in a hotel, any recommendations on interesting places would be appreciated.

    Cheers Steve


  2. I’m not that familiar enough with the Tokyo side of the Alps so I can’t give you specific advice. However, riding west along the Pacific coast means it’ll be impossible to avoid built up areas and that route is often quite windy. I have friends who often ride in Saitama and love the cycling there. Tokyo – Chichibu and on towards Tateshina/Saku, and then Matsumoto?

    Up towards Karuizawa, and on to Hakuba and then down to Fukui is also an option. Riding to Matsumoto and then on to Takayama is a good option too. However, the Nagano side of Mt. Norikura is always closed in May and there are some horrible tunnels from Matsumoto up towards the mountain. You could probably go over Abo Pass which would avoid Mt. Norikura.

    Another option would be to stay inland, ride through Yamanashi and past Mt. Fuji, go around the Minami Alps, then ride to Nakatsugawa and on through Gero and Gujo to Fukui. In fact, that’s the area I know best and can give you more detailed info if you need it.

    Remember that as the snow melts in April/May the authorities become aware of the landslides that have taken place over winter in the mountains. It’s not uncommon at all to plan a route only to discover that the road is closed due to a landslide. It’s hit or miss as to whether you ignore the signs. Sometimes it’s fine on a bike, sometimes not. Recently (in central Japan anyway) more and more construction companies specifically put up signs saying that it’s not suitable for bikes as well. I think they’ve caught on to the fact that cyclists tend to ignore them.

    Bivying is easy. I’ve done it plenty of times. In more built up areas just find a park late at night that has a sheltered picnic bench and sleep there. So long as you don’t make a mess and leave nice and early nobody will care.

    Hope this helps.



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