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"
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"
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"
One road, ten photos. That was the impromptu task I gave myself as I crossed the Shonai River and headed up the short, steep and hidden climb to Joukoji Park, a quiet, partially gravel road that I’ve ridden up countless times over the years. I don’t know where the idea came from or how valid […]Read more "One Road, Ten Photos"
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"