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.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Toyama/Gifu/Ishikawa/Fukui - possible routes

Kurobe gorge, No cycling, just enjoying the gorge ⇒ 1 - 2 days, 0 km
  • Day 1 - 2: Nagano to Unazuki Onsen 
    • Access: Shinkansen from Nagano to Kurobe Unazukionsen and then on with local train to Unazukionsen Station
    • Bicycle: probably just leave it at a bicycle parking at Kuroba Unazukionsen station 
    • Attractions: 
    • Accommodation: in a ryokan in the valley

Takayama & Hida Furukawa, Limited cycling, or no cycling ⇒ 2 days, 16 km
  • Day 1: Toyama to Takayama ⇒ 1 day, 0 km
    • Access: Train from Toyama, about 2:30 h, often one change of trains
    • Attractions:  Takayama
      • Old town
      • Temples
      • Open air museum
    • Accommodation: Takayama (2 nights?)
  • Day 2: Takayama to Hida Furukawa and back down to Toyama ⇒ 1 day,  16 km

Excursion out to Noto Peninsula

Kurobe Unazukionsen to Fukui ⇒ 4- 5 days, 250 km (2 - 3 days,  125 km, if one starts in Kanazawa) (see also below alternative access to Fukui from Kyoto / Biwako area)
  • Day 1: Kurobe to approx. Tonami ⇒ 1 day, 70 - 80 km
  • Day 2: Tonami to approx. Kanazawa ⇒ 1 day, 60 km (or shorter, some train ride is also possible)
    • See Garmin FUK Kurobe - Fukui
      • Elevation between Tonami and Kanazawa from 50 m to 200m, rest flat
      • Bicycle lane  until Oyabe
    • Attractions: Kanazawa
      • Kanazawa castle
      • Kenrokuen (Park)
      • Temples & Shrines
      • Art Museum
    • Accomodation: Kanazawa
  • Day 3 (or Day 1): Kanazawa to approx. Kaga ⇒ 1 day, 50 - 60 km (or more if Natadera is included)
    • Access: potentially by Shinkansen directly from Kurobe Unazukionsen to Kanazawa and start tour in Kanazawa
    • See Garmin FUK Kurobe - Fukui
      • mainly flat, along the coast. 
      • There is a bicycle lane all the way from Noto peninsula to Kaga
        • This route only takes it from Kanazawa to Kaga.
      • Part of this bike lane is also described here
    • See Garmin ISH Kaga - Natadera for excursion between Komatsu and Kaga to Natadera
      • 26 km Kaga - Natadera - Kaga, but it can be made along the way. 
    • See here for a tour in & around Kaga
    • Attractions: 
      • long bicycle lane along the sea
      • Natadera
      • Onsen area
    • Accommodation: Kaga
  • Day 4 &5 ? (or Day 2 &3 ?): Kaga to Fukui  ⇒ 1 or 2 days, 70 km
  • Access: Kyoto - Fukui, direct train, 1:30 h or Fukui - Lake Biwa, about 1 h

Tsuruga to Fukui 2 days, 140 km 
  • Access: 
    • Kyoto - Tsuruga, 50 min, direct train
    • Nagahama (Lake Biwa) - Tsuruga, 40 min, direct train
    • Alternatively also tour from Fukui to Tsuruga: Kyoto - Fukui, direct train, 1:30 h
  • Tour recommended by KANCycling: http://www.kancycling.com/Echizen/Echizen_Route.html this page also contains suggestions for accommodation and other places to visit along the route. 
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