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, 17 June 2017

The plan

Having a plan is always good...

So what's the plan?
Traveling across Japan from North (Hokkaido) to South (Kyushu ? Okinawa ?) on my bicycle. But without any stress. If there is a mountain in the way, to grab it and hop on a train / bus / rental car and get on. If weather gets bad for a considerable number of days, hop on a train / ferry / plane and continue traveling elsewhere in Japan. Japan is long, so there should always be parts where weather is fine. I hope.

  • Attitude: just see what happens. No stress. 
  • Sport factor: riding a bike is about getting from A to B and to enjoy all the parts in between.
  • Bicycle: my beloved Brompton (also my only bicycle).
  • Bicycle repair: no idea. If I get stuck, just hope for the next bicycle repairman
  • Travel factor: this is about traveling, sightseeing, enjoying the small & big sights of Japan. This is not about achieving distance / elevation / speed on the bike
  • Luggage: Trying to keep it minimal. No backpack (hate those), just the Brompton T-bag.
  • Accommodation: No camping! Hotel, Minshuku, Airbnb...

Start in September for about 2 - 3 months, the season with the best weather in Japan (per my experience).

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