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, 26 October 2019

NPC Halloween Ride ハロウィンライド

Bicycle: 25.5 km
Route: Shinbashi - Shibuya - Tokyo Tower - Roppongi - Shibuya - Shinbashi
Total riding time: 2:30 h 
Total ascent:  143 
Average speed: 10.8 km/h
Weather: Dark... probably cloudy  19 C

Today was again one of the rides with the Night Pedal Cruising friends. As it is Halloween, it was a ride in costumes:

Before the ride I went to a Donki shop in Ginza to get my costume of the day. 

Surprisingly the horns did stick really well, but were also easy to remove at the end of the day, as was the face paint. 

Riding alone through Tokyo towards Shibuya as a oni was already funny, but meeting up with more people in Shibuya was nice. Just when we had gathered there was a rain shower, which however luckily passed quickly and by the time we started riding into the night, it was all over. 

We did ride through Roppongi to Shiba Koen (really close to my hotel) had a stop there, and some more pictures:

And then made our way back to Shibuya, riding through Shibuya scramble crossing. There was an incredible amount of policemen in action today, trying to regulate the flow of pedestrians. But frankly enough it didn't look much more crowded than on any other normal Saturday evening. The real Halloween is still a few days away, so there weren't that big of Halloween parties.

In Yoyogi park we had our official end of the ride, but most of us stayed on for dinner in a Ramen place in Harajuku. When we arrived the place was nearly empty and we got to sit all at one big table... within 15 minutes the place was full!

We had parked our bicycles outside a bit scattered but somewhat illegally and when we were going to leave, 2 bicycles had been removed... Luckily after looking around a little bit, we found them across the road in the parking space of an other house. My bicycle did not get removed, as I had fixed it to something...

Back to my hotel, I rode again through the same street in Roppongi, for the 3rd time today.

I also opened a new Meet-up group to try to attract more riders to this nice monthly event. Let's see how it goes:

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