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, 6 May 2019

GW 2019 - Day 10 Izumo and back to Tokyo 出雲大社から東京へ

Bicycle: 15 km
Bus: 20 km
Plane: 800 km
Route: Izumo - Izumo Taisha - Tokyo
Total riding time: 1:14 h
Total ascent: 61 
Average speed: 12 km/h
Weather: Surprisingly cool and very, very windy, some drops of rain,  21 C

After the heat yesterday and the day before, today it was surprisingly cold and very, but very windy. The place where I was yesterday evening for taking sunset pictures and where I had decided to have my second breakfast today, was just tooooooo windy to sit down comfortably there.

Luckily I found an other spot not too far away with some benches and it had also stopped raining by then... So I had my breakfast there. Then I continued along the coast on the bicycle road towards the Izumo Taisha. Close to it there is this rock in the sea with a torii on top:

Izumo Taisha apparently is the 2nd most important shrine in Japan (after Ise shrine where I was 1.5 years ago). 

But probably one needs to be a historian or a devote shintoist to appreciate the shrine. For me, it seemed to be similar to many other shrines I have seen, even probably a bit less interesting, as it seemed to be newer than many other shrines.

However close to the main shrine on this weekend there were some traditional performances, so I enjoyed those.

 After the performance the dragon even came through the audience and did - ritually - bid us all in the head. I guess it is helpful... but actually in the moment it was a tiny little bit painful.

Yes, I would have had the time, but not the energy due to an upcoming cold, to ride to the airport. And well, there was a very convenient direct bus from Izumo Taisha directly to the airport. So I hopped on to that in the early afternoon. At the airport I then had a rather long wait, but I got some lunch and rested some more. For sure this all contributed to the fact that finally the cold did not develop into a full blown cold.

What I discovered only after coming back to Tokyo, was that I missed out on Tamatsukuri onsen! Well, at least that way I have a reason to come back to the region! 

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