You may or may not have noticed that there hasn’t been that many posts in 2018. While I’ve been spending more time than ever outdoors in the countryside 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 often […]
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) […]
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 […]
I did a short trip from Agematsu (上松) on the Nakasendo (中山道) to Mt. Ontake (御嶽山) recently, catching the late afternoon train from Kachigawa (勝川) north of Nagoya to Nakatsugawa, where I changed trains to Agematsu. Altogether about two hours of travel. From there I rode just under 40kms or so west towards Kaida Kogen […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]