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.

Friday, 10 April 2020

Evening ride to onsen in Amagasaki

Bicycle: 14.7 km
Route: Shin-Osaka to Amagasaki and back
Total riding time: 55 min
Total ascent: 44 m 
Average speed: 15.9 km/h
Weather: Dark, somewhat cold, 9 C

To celebrate the end of the work week and seeing that many (albeit not all) onsen in Osaka are still open, I decided to try out a new one, over in Amagasaki, Hyogo prefecture. Well, new for me... not the super-sento itself, which was actually a little bit old style or so it seemed. It didn't help that due to Covid-19 the restaurant was closed and that they don't offer free shampoo and soap, which however I bought at the reception. The bath is fine, with 3 different outdoor pools. Nothing terribly special. For the purists, probably the TV that one could see (and hear) from all pools could be quite an annoyance. 

The ride itself was slightly creepy, along the river on a nice cycling path, but in the dark and it is simply a very industrial area of Osaka. Also there are not many exits from the cycling path, but luckily there was one just shortly after the bridge I needed to cross. 

Still even for the ride back, I preferred the river, as the street that runs parallel is quite narrow and does have its traffic. Not a lot, but if you can choose between no traffic on a cycling path or some traffic on a narrow road, I go for the slightly creepy ride along the river as long as we are talking Japan. 

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