A focus on Japan

Exploring the lesser seen countryside of Japan. My rides elsewhere in Asia can be found in other menu.

Tohoku and Hokkaido Ride – return

From Shari in Hokkaido I turn my wheels south and start my return ride, however I have quite a bit to see along the way. I get lucky at Lake Kussharo caldera, the morning fog and low clouds obscured the lake when I pulled up but lift for me before […]

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Tohoku and Hokkaido ride continued

Continuing my ride in Tohoku Japan on day six I am making my way to a placed called Oga. Its an out of the way small cape in the Akita prefecture which I have always wondered about. A little cool leaving Morioka with some showers around so I switch to […]

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Tohoku and Hokkaido Ride

I was set to ride southern Japan in May however this year there had been travel restrictions in place. By late May things were being lifted so I decided to ride north since the June monsoon arrives from the south. I got a really easy ride out of the metropolis […]

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Sakura Tour

Japan has had low number of Corona virus cases and life is relatively normal but sensing a change is coming I decided to do a small ride to see some snow capped mountains and blossoms. I normally don’t ride in Japan this time of year because the landscape is grey […]

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Late Autumn Japan tour

Autumn in Japan is beautiful but in recent years unseasonal typhoons have affected. This year I decided to try ride at the end of season hopeful of better weather. The bike fired up despite sitting four months. It feels so big and heavy after riding a 150cc in Vietnam. I […]

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Japan Backroads

Mini adventure It’s peak summer in Japan, mid 30’s and 60% humidity which makes the ‘real feel’ about 40. Reminds me of my home state in February. I used to ride at home that time of year so with new tyres and fine weather thought I’d give it a go […]

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View of Japan tour

I had this idea to ride south to Kyushu as well as north to Hokkaido in one tour. Not to prove anything, rather to get the most out of May, which is the best month to ride Japan and the only time of year likely to get a run of […]

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Small Autumn Tour Japan

Winter is approaching but I have too much rubber left on my tyres for the year. Time for a ride. The FJR is very comfortable protecting me from the cold air. Overseas I rent cheapest bikes but this is so much nicer. Just three hours away yet this is the […]

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Sado Island Motorcycle Tour

In between heat waves and typhoons a fine week appeared. Time to ride. Previously I toured the remote Goto islands then Tsushima. Now Sado island was beckoning me. I decided to trace some of the route used by an annual event here known as Coast to Coast Twisty Butt. An […]

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‘Big’ Japan Motorcycle tour

I love lookouts. Viewpoints. Or observatories as they are called in Japan. I decided to ride around visiting the best ones I had found on Google maps.I waited until after the Japan golden week national holidays to ride south to avoid the crowds but depart straight into rain.The generous size […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle Tour

Tsushima at it’s furthest point from Japan is less than 50km from South Korea. So this was fitting destination for me to choose for my Autumn motorcycle tour this year as I had originally been planning to ride South Korea. The above map shows where Tsushima is located.History or war […]

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Tohoku region summer tour

Last year on my return from Hokkaido I stayed in Aomori prefecture and enjoyed one of Japan’s major summer festivals. I actually did not know about it prior to arriving and by sheer chance got a room thanks to a late cancellation. I was so impressed I decided to design […]

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