I was heading for the the Itoshiro valley again on the border between Gifu and Fukui prefectures (more here) to try some winter photography, when I noticed a sign for Amidaga Falls 600m off the road leading up and over the mountain pass to the valley. I’d passed the fall on a number of occasions […]Read more "Amidaga Waterfall ・阿弥陀ケ滝"
This summer Outdoor Adventure Japan (me) will be partnering with my long time friend and experienced Japan tour guide, Justin from Hike and Bike Japan, to offer a cycling and hiking tour throughout the Japanese countryside. We’ll be visiting a number of popular towns and cities in the mountains, including Takayama, Matsumoto, Karuizawa, Hakuba, and Kanazawa, […]Read more "Cycling and Hiking Tour 2019"
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"
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"
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 […]Read more "Gokayama – Takayama – Nakatsugawa"
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)"
Mizunami – Tatsuno – the Akiba Highway Sometimes rides don’t go according to plan. This trip was certainly one of them. This one had both positives and negatives which added up to probably the most epic day in the saddle I’ve endured for a very long time. The original plan: Day one – catch the train […]Read more "Mizunami – Tatsuno – Akiba Highway"