Hiking – The benefits of shinrinyoku (森林浴) have been known for a long time now and there is no doubt that being outdoors often alone on a mountain trail is good for your health. Road cycling, bike packing, and mountain biking are all great alternatives but it’s hard to beat the simplicity and laid back approach […]Read more "Hiking – Kurofuyama, Mt. Asama, and Komoro"
I used to own a Holga. I can’t remember the reason why but now I don’t. Probably because the shutter stopped working or batteries corroded the elements. Regardless, I haven’t owned one for years. And then they stopped making them and have become a sort-after luxury item apparently. Luckily my friend Darren still has one […]Read more "Hiking with a Holga"
Mt. Gozaisho in Mie prefecture is only an hour’s drive from Nagoya and a great mountain for a day hike. In winter you’ll need some basic snow gear like snow spikes for your shoes (waterproof) for the 2-hour hike to the top, but apart from that planning the hike is quite straightforward. There are one […]Read more "Mt. Gozaisho Snow 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"
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"