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.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Onsen ride with NPC 温泉ライド

Bicycle: 26 km 
Riding time: 1:40 h
Total ascent: 62 m
Route: Shibuya - Sento in Shinagawa - Shinbashi
Weather: After sunset, cold but not too cold

After already riding in the afternoon hunting for ume, in the evening it was time for the 2019 onsen ride with the Night Pedal Cruising team.

As always we met in Shibuya in front of the United Nations university chatted for a long time and versus 18:00 departed with a small round through Shibuya towards a sento in Shinagawa, which was the goal of our onsen rides already for several of the previous years. The special point about this sento is that it has a rotenburo area. Small, but hey, it's a sento (not a super-sento).

As so often in the ride we are only a few women (mostly 3) and much more men, but still our side of he sento was pretty busy with a lot of local customers as well.

After the nice soak we all went to a really down to earth Chinese restaurant just around the corner, had dinner... then off to a MacDonalds close by to get something sweet before riding all back home, well after mid night.

One of the riders, who needed to go to Ueno, brought me safely back to Shinbashi. He crosses the city every day by bicycle from Ueno to somewhere in Shinagawa and he knew a very good road from Shinagawa to the center, as you can see in the second map below. Straight, but with few traffic (at least at mid night), on a relatively small road, but not too small either. And I even got some good suggestions for a ride on the next day, out by Narita. 

Nice group ride as always. 

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