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Topic: Japan biking trip: 20 Aug - 3 Sep

Posted on: 10th Jun 2013 10:12 AM    Quote and Reply

Just sending out feeler if anyone is keen to do a Japan biking trip. Will either start off from Yokohama or Nagoya. 
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Posted on: 10th Jun 2013 10:15 AM    Quote and Reply


Sounds nice. I have a similar idea as well. Only problem is getting bike over and unable to enjoy the city life which i like. Any itinery yet?

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Posted on: 10th Jun 2013 5:07 PM    Quote and Reply


Hi Kenny,

I am planning a rough and tumble trip. Camping if can't reach civilisation on time.

I intend to chug the bike into carton box and just checked in at the airline counter. I used a bike case for my EU trip before, but found it very cumbersome. Besides, a bike case will be too big for airport lockers.

If you prefer city live, why not just rent a commuter bike in Tokyo or Osaka and join a bike tour? There are couple of very good self-riding and guided bike tour organisers in Japan who also provide reasonably good equipment and bring the tour groups to some very interesting places.

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Posted on: 10th Jun 2013 5:13 PM    Quote and Reply


Use own bike more fun leh...lol...

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Posted on: 10th Jun 2013 5:17 PM    Quote and Reply


Hahahaha!

I think those "bring your own bike" guided tours with support vehicles could be what you are looking for. Do a search online and you will find plentiful of such organisers. Bringing your own bike and checking in at the airline counter isn't that troublesome really... 

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Posted on: 3rd Jul 2013 10:42 AM    Quote and Reply


I'd like to heartily recommend doing a tour in Hokkaido for short tours. Amazing folks, beautiful views, nice climate in summer while the rest of japan roast in heat. You are never too far from civilization in Japan but camping in Hokkaido is so stressless and fun. Been twice, still looking forward to more. :-)

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Posted on: 5th Jul 2013 4:03 PM    Quote and Reply


Oh yes! I would love to do a bike tour in Hokkaido. Did a driving holiday in Hokkaido 3 years ago during autumn. And fell in love with Hokkaido. 

But I don't think I am ready for a Hokkaido bike trip yet, as the climbs, distance between towns/ civilisation and the crosswind all are quite daunting. All these are made even hairier by the possibility that I will most likely do it alone.... However, I think it will be really an experience to bike from Hakodate to Wakkanai and see the real Ainu dwellings and lifestyle.

You have any stories to share about your Hokkaido bike trip? How long was it, and which towns did you go to?

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Posted on: 7th Jul 2013 4:10 PM    Quote and Reply


My trips were about 10 and 13 days respectively. First trip started from Kushiro anticlockwise around the eastern parts ending in Furano. Second trip started from Obihiro cutting across the central regions until Wakkanai, broken in the middle to hike across Kurodake to Asahidake. 

Actually you'll find the climbs and distances between villages quite manageable. Accomodation is reasonable and wild camping is tolerated if you are considerate/respectful. Onsens/sentos and vending machines are plentiful so even if one wild camps, one won't look like a tramp. The highlights were often serrendipitous, like discovering a 5star onsen in what I'd thought was a forsaken town, complete with an rotenburo overlooking the hamlet of Kiritappu; and waking up to the magical sight of the cape covered in morning mist.

Just do it. Considering August weather, between tokyo/osaka and hokkaido, it's a no-brainer. :-)

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