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"
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"
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"
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."
Route 19 which runs through the Kiso Valley (木曽谷) from Matsumoto (松本) straight down to Nagoya (名古屋) is a horrible road to ride your bicycle on. Unfortunately many cyclists are unaware of this and think that it’s the only way to get to Nagoya from the mountains. The Kiso Valley, which the Route 19 follows, […]Read more "Ena – Kasugai (avoiding Route 19)"