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"
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"
With a rugged and beautiful scenic coast, tiny fishing villages scattered along the shores, an abundance of isolated and rarely ridden mountain roads, and the Kumano Kodo (熊野古道), an ancient walking trail through the mountains, the Kii Peninsula (紀伊半島) has been an area of Japan I’ve wanted to cycle in for a long time. The […]Read more "Kii Nagashima – Kumano"
It’s impossible to put into words how I felt the first time I saw Mt. Fuji in all its splendour. If the weather is good and it’s the right time of year – in other words when there’s still plenty of snow on the peak – then it is simply stunning. It can of course […]Read more "Mt. Fuji & the Five Lakes"