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, 17 July 2017

San'yo - possible routes

Ferry Excursion to Inushima ⇒ 2 days, 50 km
  • Access: 
    • With Shinkansen to Okayama Station
  • Day 1: Okayama to Hoden Port and on to the ferry ⇒ 1 day, 25 km
    • See Garmin OKA Okayama - HodenPort
      • flat with 1 hill of 50 m just before arriving to the port
    • Ferry  from Hoden port to Inushima
    • Attractions
    • Accommodation:
      • Inushima (there seem to be 3 possibilities)
  • Day 2: Return to Okayama ⇒ 1 day, 25 km
    • See Garmin OKA Okayama - HodenPort
      • flat with 1 hill of 50 m just before arriving to the port
    • Ferry from Inushima to Hoden port
    • Attractions:
      • Garden in Okayama, one of the 3 best in Japan
      • Reconstructed castle
    • Accommodation:
      • Okayama

Okayama, Kibi Plain and Kurashiki ⇒ 1 day, 40 or 58 km

Before Shimanami Kaido,  Fukuyama - Tomonoura - Onomichi  ⇒ 1 day,  43 km (or less)
  • Access
    • Shinkansen Fukuyama
  • See Garmin HIR Fukuyama - Tomonoura - Onomichi
    • essentially flat, except one steep 100 m hill right after Tomonoura
  • Attractions:
  • Accommodation:
    • Onomichi
    • Mukoujima
  • Access:
    • Either by bike on to Onomichi and from there on the Shimanami Kaido
    • Or with a ferry either to Onomichi or directly to Mukoujima, first island on the Shimanami Kaido
      • From Tomonoura to Onomichi (weekend only, expensive, 2 boots per day)
      • From Tsuneishi to Utaura (4 per day)
      • From Tosaki to Utaura (daily, apparently many)

Onomichi to Takehara  ⇒ 1 day,  38 km 

Miyajima and Iwakuni ⇒ 2 days,  35 km 
  • Access: 
    • Onomichi - Miyajima Guchi Station: 2h (1 transfer)
    • Shin-Onomichi - Miyajima Guchi Station: 1:20 h (1 transfer)
  • Day 1: Miyajima ⇒ 1 day,  0 km 
    • Arrival by train and ferry
    • Attractions:
      • Miyajima (UNESCO World Heritage) island with tori in the sea
      • Festivals 23/Oct, 3/Nov, 8/Nov, 15/Nov, 18 - 26/Nov, 23/Nov
    • Accommodation:
      • Ideally on Miyajima or back on land
  • Day 2: Miyajima to Iwakuni (Shinkansen Station) ⇒ 1 day,  35 km 
    • See Garmin HIR Miyajima - Iwakuni
      • some slight up and down, max 25 m
      • potentially the traffic along the coast could be quite heavy
    • Attractions:
    • Accommodation
      • Iwakuni or next destination
  • Access
    • Shin-Iwakuni to Kitakyushu (Kokura): 1:10 h, direct Shinkansen

Yamaguchi

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