Cycling the Norikura Skyline in Japan

The Norikura skyline is Japan’s highest road peaking at 2702m, it’s also a beautiful cycle. Unfortunately due to it’s altitude the road is not open all year round. As far as I can make out, according to the above sign, it’s open for bicycles from July to September from 6:00 to 18:00 and in October…

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Takayama to Mount Fuji: up in the clouds

As I arrived into Takayama the rain thankfully stopped, so while I was still very wet I wasn’t, at least, getting wetter. Given the afternoon was already old I headed straight for the couch surfing host I was staying with’s place. Passing the headquarters of some strange new religion on the way. Simona, the host,…

Food for a day in Japan

I thought it would be interesting to see how much I ate on a typical day in Japan, some Japanese food didn’t have a ready analogue with western food so I’ve tried to describe it: Breakfast 2 small bananas  around 100 kcal 2 tuna onigiri/rice balls 386 kcal 1 mystery flavour onigiri/rice ball 154 kcal…

Imabari to Kyoto

I was sad to leave Imabari and the Tokunaga family; it’s always difficult to say goodbye to people who have been so kind. Off I went though, once more I would be crossing the Shimanami Kaido, the series of bridges linking Shikoku and Honshu. I wanted to get across as fast as possible as another…