Exploring Japan by two wheels

Exploring the roads less travelled in Japan

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 – 4

Hokkaido I am on my way to Hokkaido. The ferry takes 20 hours from Tsuruga to Tomamokai. I have been on dozens of ferries in Japan and none of them had much in the way of food except cup noodle vending machines so I packed a few things but need […]

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View of Japan tour – 3

The Inland Sea My tour of Japan continues in the Yamaguchi prefecture. I am exploring some of the islands that are in waters known as the Seto Inland Sea. My first destination is Yamashima. When you visit the small islands of Japan you step back in time. Not many foreigners […]

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View of Japan tour continued.

The Treasure Islands I am continuing south on day four from Kochi, a beautiful area I would gladly choose to live if I could. Shikoku is overflowing with great riding and scenery. (lots of images loading, please be little patient) Some people like riding the same old but for me […]

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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 Ride 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 Ride, part six, The inland sea.

Today was a very important day weather wise because I had saved what might possibly be the best viewpoint to last.When designing this tour I told myself not to count on more than 50% fine days, but I have been very lucky indeed and today that continues with glorious blue […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride part five, the gambler

I depart Nagasaki day twelve into steady rain. I had experienced nice weather in other key areas so did not feel too disappointed. But it did ruin the plan this morning to visit Iki island north of Nagasaki, a old coal mine full of abandoned buildings. Oh well, next time. […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – part four, Santa Coming

Leaving southern Kagoshima region on day nine my progress is slow, without elaborating I have to stop at every rest room and eventually seek out a pharmacy to get some medicine.Handy to have google translate on phone in this sort of situation.Have to discard my plan to explore Nagashima island, […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – part three

Day sevenI got my washing done last night, most hotels in Japan have coin laundries and it makes motorcycle touring easy.Wet roads and some light rain riding south. Small break allowed me to grab this photo. Japan from here turns tropical. Some surfers out and rare in rural Japan, police […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – A fist full of throttle

Leaving Kochi on day four of my tour the weather is perfect. Huge ride planned for today if all my chosen roads are open. First up a unexpected find. I was riding beside a dam merely to avoid the main road with no knowledge of it being anything special but […]

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