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Japan Bike: Nagasaki to Nemuro

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Japan Bike: Nagasaki to Nemuro - Travel Blog

12 years after leaving Japan, I've come back to reconnect with this incredible country, on two wheels. Starting in the deep south at the old port of Nagasaki, I'm cycling across the four main islands to Nosappu in the North-East. - Pebbls Adventure Tracking App

Transport Types Used

  • ferry
  • boat
  • ship
  • river crossing
  • water taxi
  • ferryboat
  • ferry service
  • ferry terminal
  • ferry ride
  • passenger ferry
  • car ferry
  • island ferry
  • channel crossing
  • ferry line
  • catamaran ferry
  • bicycle
  • bike
  • bicycle tour
  • bikepacking
  • cycling
  • bicycling
  • cyclist
  • biking
  • pedalling
  • mountain bike
  • road bike
  • cycling adventure
  • cycle touring
  • two-wheeled travel
  • bicycle journey
  • cycle trip
  • gravel biking
  • urban cycling
  • bicycle trek
  • eco-friendly travel
  • cycle path journey
  • train
  • rail
  • railway
  • locomotive
  • express
  • commuter train
  • bullet train
  • train station
  • railroad
  • passenger train
  • cruise ship
  • cruise
  • cruise liner
  • ocean liner
  • voyage
  • cruising
  • luxury liner
  • sea journey
  • nautical
  • maritime
  • Legs of this Journey:

    Day -2: Rinko And Shinkansen

    The hardest bit of any bike tour is getting to and from your start and end points.Today I'm bringing my bike on the bullet train from Tokyo to Nagasaki.

    Day -1: Seeing Nagasaki

    A day sightseeing and relaxing in Nagasaki before my journey begins. I have long wanted to come here to see the Dutch and Thomas Blake Glover history. It feels like a long way from Tokyo!

    Day 1 - Main Ride

    Day 1 starting in Nagasaki, with a hilly cycle to catch a small ferry.

    Ariake Ferry

    Short ferry trip

    Day 1: Campsite

    Short hop from harbour to campsite. Incredibly steep and slippery though, this was the toughest part of the day.

    Day 2

    Second day riding, over Aso Mountain

    Day 3 - Taketa to Usuki

    Catching the Usuki ferry, and on to Shikoku. A fair way to go after a damp, noisy night.

    Day 3: Ferry to Shikoku

    Leaving Kyushu behind, from Usuki port - the very harbour where William Adams first set foot in Japan in 1600, the first Brit to do so.

    Day 3 Part 3. Shikoku Begins

    Heading inland into Shikoku, with a guesthouse waiting for me. I hear there's a great bar next door to it too...

    Day 4

    Cycling to Kochi

    Day 5

    Waking up to a very wet morning, I think my decision to stay in a hotel last night has been vindicated. Today I'm going to do some equipment maintenance and laundry etc, and sightseeing in Kochi

    Day 6

    Back into the mountains

    Day 7

    Out of the Iya valley and back to the city.... Via a giant mountain. Crossing the double vine bridges in the dark last night was a special moment.

    Onto The Mainland!

    Leaving Shikoku - its lovely people and its preposterous mountains - behind.

    Day 8

    An emotional day! After a hard week, I was so happy to make some new riding friends today that I met at the bakery when I started my ride. It was so nice to ride with other people on the Wakayama Cycling Road ๐Ÿ˜

    Day 9

    On through Wakayama, Nara and Mie prefectures to Ise, the spiritual home of the Shinto religion. 30kms out everything started to hurt, and I had to dig deep to get through to the end.

    Day 10 - Maintenance And Recovery

    After limping into Ise last night with many different pains, I've decided to take a day off completely to recover, stretch, clean the bike and so on.

    Day 11 Part 2

    Ferry from Toba to Irago

    Day 12

    On up the coast

    Day 13 ๐Ÿ—ป

    Up past Fuji

    Day 14 On To Tokyo!

    Rest Week In Tokyo

    Resting for a week in Tokyo

    Day 15

    A bit recharged and recovered after almost a week in Tokyo, I'm now navigating my way out of the city

    Day 16

    Mapless

    Day 16/17/18: Tokyo Side Missions

    Back in Tokyo for a raucous weekend of Mikoshi, dining with Naoki's family, and some good old fashioned Shinjuku street drinking.

    Day 17 Part 1

    Shinkansen to Utsunomiya to continue the journey

    Day 17 Part 2

    Cracking on through Ibaraki

    Day 18

    Mountains and rain.

    Day 19

    On through Tohoku

    Day 20 - The North

    Legs are feeling heavy this morning as I push on through the North

    Day 21

    Starting in the beautiful Samurai town of Kakunodate, I have a mountain to climb over to get to the Onsen town of Kitaakita

    Day 22

    A shorter day (hopefully) with some history (and a laundromat) thrown in.

    Day 23

    After meeting the legend I will always know as "Swiss Frank", I'm conducting Tsugaru side missions: Hirosaki Castle and Shayokan, the home of the writer Dazai Osamu, on 4 hours sleep and a hangover.

    Day 24

    On to Hokkaido!3 islands down, 1 to go. Leaving Honshu and on to Hokkaido by ferry.

    Day 24: Short Hop In Hokk

    Ferry terminal to guesthouse. Not a lot to say about this one! I do think Hokkaido has a different feel from the other islands. Everything is much more spacious and spread out.

    Day 25

    On through Hokkaido, from thr spa town of noboribetsu to the Ainu village of Nibutani

    Day 26

    Expecting my toughest day yet, up and over the Nissho pass

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