All posts tagged: Bicycle touring Japan

Japan: Kyoto to Taki – Three Cycling Trails

After spending over a week in Kyoto, it was time to pack up and say goodbye.  The weather was completely the opposite to when we rode in from Osaka.  Beautiful, sunny and perfect for long rides and camping, which we were looking forward to.  For the next few days we would end up on three cycling trails, long and short, that made the next few rides pretty spectacular.

Japan: Arriving in Osaka

Being able to visit so many iconic cities, and countries, whose culture and popularity are hugely well-known, was one of the incredible pinch-me advantages of this trip.  We would see the landscape change from countryside, to small towns, to creeping urban sprawl right into the belly of the built up central district.  The excitement that we’ve hit another “bucket-list” marker builds and builds until we yell-repeat to each other “I can’t believe we’re doing this!  I can’t believe we’re here!”.  

Japan: The Snow Day

“Do you think we’ll see snow?” I said as we rode side by side.  We had seen tiny flakes lightly falling in the evenings, but it would melt as soon as they hit the pavement, and the skies would be clear by morning.  Our friends had been up in Hakuba, one of Japan’s popular ski areas, excitedly sending through pictures of skiing and snowboarding in white fluffy landscapes.  I was hoping we would see at least some ground coverage.  

Japan: Cycling Out of Fukuoka

We sat drowsy and disoriented from our night in the clouds, with a commotion unfolding a few seats down.  An elderly Japanese man intent on getting his luggage first was trying to barge past a couple, repeatedly hitting the wife with his briefcase.  The yelling had escalated but the old guy was refusing to register any delay to his plan.