Happy New Year. For BikePackingJapan.com last year was simply an experiment to see if this blog concept had any life in it and I’m happy to say I’ve had numerous emails regarding bike packing and cycle touring in Japan. My aim for 2017 then is to ramp up the content and make the website a […]Read more "2017 & Trip to Australia"
I’ve added a basic questions and answers post to address common questions that cyclists coming to Japan may have. You can find it here. If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment over on the page, likewise if there’s something I’ve missed.Read more "Common Questions & Answers"
With winter approaching and the higher mountains seeing the first snowfall of the season late autumn to early spring is a good time to head towards the Pacific Ocean coast to enjoy a change of scenery. Coastal villages, quiet fishing ports, shorter but punchy climbs, fresh seafood and majestic ocean views are abundant throughout the […]Read more "Kii Nagashima to Shima"
One of the benefits of living in central Japan is that most places are within a reasonable distance in relation to cycling and bike packing, and with the JR Chuo line (中央線) running from Tokyo (東京) to Nagoya (名古屋) around the Minami Alps it doesn’t take much time and effort to get out into the […]Read more "Matsumoto – Hafudake – Kusatsu"
I’ve been reading travel and adventure books for as long as I can remember but I don’t think I’ve read a travel/adventure book that makes adventure sound so easy and accessible as Microadventures. I first came across Alastair Humpreys quite recently when I saw a post on Instagram in which he had begun an adventure by […]Read more "Microadventures by Alastair Humphreys"
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)"
The Japanese Odyssey is Japan’s endurance bicycle race. Still in only its second year the event welcomes riders from all over the world to try and conquer the single-stage 2400km route, with mountain checkpoints throughout central Japan. Simon Wile was one of those riders. During the three weeks that it took place I found myself […]Read more "Interview with Simon Wile"