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Offline RSB

Request Info on Touring in Japan
« on: September 22, 2010, 08:16:42 pm »
Greeting all - -
     I'd like to hear from anyone out there who has experience touring in Japan. I ride a Bike Friday and I'm starting to consider a three month solo tour of Japan with trailer/suitcase.
     Thanks,   Richard
I am my own caboose.

Offline Damian

Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 10:59:49 pm »
I spent a month solo touring on Shikoku this past spring. What would you like to know specifically? Are you familiar with the resources at http://www.japancycling.org/? Have you read the Japan touring journals at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com?

Offline RSB

Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010, 02:36:36 pm »
Thanks, Damian - -
    I'm in the process of bookmarking like crazy. I've also got four books coming from Amazon.
    At this point my first question is: what do you consider the best (or better) time of year to tour Japan? Is the weather N to S gradient so different that a cyclist would like to avoid historically wet, cold, foggy, hot, etc., times of the year in certain parts of Japan?
     Any ideas are welcome.
     More later as I get smarter on Japan.
       Richard

I am my own caboose.

Offline Macbeth

Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010, 07:42:00 am »
Japanese publishers Kodansha actually print a pretty cool book on touring japan. Printed in english and japanese in the same book. Hard to find, but really good. If you can't find it give me a shout and I'll find mine and give you some more details.

Adam

Offline RSB

Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010, 10:17:53 am »
Thank you, Adam.
     I just ordered the book "New Japan Solo" from Amazon. It's about 12 years old but it should be a good start for me.
     I appreciate the heads up.
               The best to you,
                       Richard
I am my own caboose.

Offline Macbeth

Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2010, 02:33:55 am »
Was just tidying up my bookmarked pages and came across this too mate, not sure if it helps.....

 http://javageno.blogspot.com/2008/11/tips-on-cycling-japan.html

Offline Galloper

Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2010, 07:03:33 am »
Josie Dew has written a couple of books about touring in Japan, Land of the Neon Sun is one , can't remember the name of the second.   Great books and well worth reading.

Offline mdxix

Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2011, 09:17:23 am »
Did you end up touring in Japan? Where did you go?

Three tours I am planning to take:

Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage (order the map book at http://www.davidmoreton.com/)
Tokaido trail Kyoto to Tokyo (http://www.japancycling.org/v2/cguide/part5/)
Hokkaido (http://www.japancycling.org/v2/cguide/part3/)