Mt. Norikura – Bike and Hike to 3026m

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 […]

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Kasugai – Gujo – Kadohara – Meiho Onsen

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) […]

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Cycling in Japan, Australia, and the U.K. (part 1)

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 […]

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Gokayama – Takayama – Nakatsugawa

Friday evening after work I hitched a ride with a friend and his wife to Gokayama (五箇山), a world heritage site, high in the mountains in Toyama prefecture (富山県), about 3 hours north of Nagoya.  Arriving around 11pm we all chose to sleep at one of the Michi-no-eki (道の駅) that you can find everywhere throughout […]

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