One of the frustrations of riding a mountain bike in Japan is the lack of long distance trails. For so many years now I’ve headed down a newly discovered promising gravel track only for it to abruptly end 200m or so later. There are trails out there but they are often difficult to find and […]Read more "Mountain biking in Shinshiro & Nagano"
You may or may not have noticed that there haven’t been that many posts in 2018. While I’ve been spending more time than ever outdoors in the countryside road cycling, bike packing, mountain biking, hiking, and photographing in Japanese mountains, the Australian countryside, or back ‘home’ in the U.K., the name Bike Packing Japan has […]Read more "A New Direction"
This isn’t directly related to cycling (at the moment) but I recently took a trip to Hokkaido in the depths of winter. Quite simply I wanted to experience the snow that it’s famous for. It lived up to it’s reputation so if you love snow, trees, mountains, and bitterly cold temperatures I highly recommend a […]Read more "Hokkaido"
Mt. Norikura (乗鞍) is considered a right of passage for many cyclists in Japan. It’s the highest road in the country and only bicycles, taxis, and official buses are allowed up. It’s sometimes called Japan’s version of Alpe d’ Huez with plenty of switchbacks, 1200m of elevation gain from the Norikura Heights car park, and […]Read more "Mt. Norikura – Bike and Hike to 3026m"
As you are probably well aware Japan is a very mountainous country. It is also very wet, especially in the typhoon season from late summer to early autumn. Heavy rainfall and mountains can obviously lead to landslides and it is for that reason that it is always a good idea to check the road conditions […]Read more "Checking Road Conditions Before Leaving"
Fukui prefecture (福井県) seems to be a fairly unexplored region of Japan for cyclists and as a region along the Sea of Japan coast it used to be considered an isolated region before modernization. It’s northeast of Gifu prefecture and getting there from Aichi (愛知県) by riding through Gujo Hachiman (郡上八幡) in central Gifu (岐阜県) […]Read more "Kasugai – Gujo – Kadohara – Meiho Onsen"
I’ve just returned from Australia after spending two weeks cycling in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. In May/June I also took my annual trip back to the U.K. and cycled on the roads of my childhood as well as in central Snowdonia, Wales. And of course I’ve ridden plenty of times in Japan. So […]Read more "Cycling in Japan, Australia, and the U.K. (part 1)"