This blog is about travelling through Japan on a foldable bicycle (Brompton) but also by train, ferry, plane, bus or any other transport, if sea, weather, mountains or the like come between me and my desire to ride.
I have tried to summarise information that could be potentially helpful also for other bicycle travellers through Japan, such as list of bicycle roads, helpful web pages etc. Once I start my ride, I will upload the actual routes taken, together with some pictures and description.

Monday, 10 July 2017

San'in - possible routes

A long tour along the entire San'in coast from Miyazu to Hagi ⇒ 7-10 days, ~ 300 km (+ train)
  • Access:
    • From Kyoto: Direct express train from Kyoto station to Miyazu (1:45 h)
    • From Fukui: Fastest through Kyoto (3:40 h), one change. There are other options with more changes / more time including options along the San'in coast.
  • See Garmin  SAN Tottori - Hagi overview
    • max 200 m elevation, but some up and down
    • Along the entire coast there are train lines that can "fast forward" you to the next place to visit. The trains are slow and often local trains. 
  • Day 1: Amanohashidate beach & Ine ⇒ 1 day,  50 km, round course
  • Day 2: Miyazu through Kinosakionsen to Tottori  by train ⇒ 1 day,  0 km
    • Train: 
      • Miyazu - Kinosakionsen: 1:45 h - 2 h, at least one change of trains
      • Kinosakionsen - Tottori: 2 h, direct or one change
    • Attractions
    • Accommodation:
      • Tottori
  • Day 3 - 5/6 : Tottori to Izumo Taisha ⇒ 3 - 4 days,  190 km
  • Day 7 - 10: Izumo to Hagi, with possible stops in Iwami Ginzan and Tsuwano ⇒ 2 - 3 days, 60  km or 0 km (by train/bus)
    • By bike quite some up and down ... 
    • ... so probably better by train
      • By train one can also pass through Tsuwano 
      • Izumooshi - Hagi, 3 - 5 h, 1 change
      • Izumooshi - Tsuwano, 2:20 h, direct train
      • Tsuwano - Hagi
      • From Odashi Station, there is also a bus up to Iwami Ginzan
    • Attractions
      • Iwami Ginzan, silver mines (UNESCO World Heritage)
      • Tsuwano (nice town in the mountains)
      • Hagi (UNESCO World Heritage)
        • Old Town
        • Temples
        • Shrines
    • Accommodations
      • Odashi
      • Tsuwano
      • Hagi
  • Access
    • Hagi to Fukuoka, 2 h, bus & shinkansen
    • Hagi to Shin-Iwakuni, 2:30 h, bus & shinkansen
    • Hagi to Hiroshima, 2:40 h, bus & shinkansen

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