A focus on Japan

Exploring lesser seen Japan by motorcycle.

Japan Autumn tour part four

I arrived yesterday to Shikoku in poor weather but today am able to enjoy another fine day. I’m exploring the cape south of Sukumo which I sailed past on the ferry to Kyushu. The ship rounded the cape at Okinoshima island that lies out there. The roads here are dreamy. […]

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Japan Autumn tour part 3

I have been riding around Kyushu, southern Japan and enjoying some superb fine days. Today I continue on the roads less travelled in Miyazaki prefecture. The mountainous interior of Miyazaki prefecture has just a few rural villages and feels very remote. Even though I checked online I could not confirm […]

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Japan Autumn tour part two

I continue my 2021 Autumn tour in Kyushu, southern Japan. Morning skies in Nagasaki prefecture turn grey and I need to put my jacket liner in. It’s Saturday and a few bikes are out. I’m going to Unzen which is a huge volcano with many motorcycling roads however today it’s […]

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Japan Autumn Tour

Each season in Japan brings a dramatic change in the landscape. This begins with the famous cherry blossoms in April, then trees everywhere sprout vivid green new leaves in May. The fields turn emerald green over summer as the rice grows and in Autumn entire mountains turn orange. However catching […]

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Northern Exposure

I’m going to pick up where I left off my Ishigaki to Wakkanai motorcycle tour that was washed out in May. It’s been a wet year. And Japan is a country that has no dry season to begin with. A semi reasonable looking forecast appears so I book an overnight […]

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Summer Touring Japan

Japan is famous for it’s huge snowfalls but it might surprise you it also has a brief yet brutally hot summer. My home town summers hit 40 degrees, I’m accustomed to heat, but here the humidity is stifling. You perspire profusely as your body struggles not to overheat and there […]

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Mid Season Meandering

Between Spring and Summer is Japan’s rainy season so it seemed a joke when the tv news announced it will be fine next week. However after checking the modelling on Windy this seemed true. Quickly assembling some routes sitting on the shelf from a previous washed out tour I packed […]

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Pole to Pole. Ishigaki to Wakkanai

With most of us being constrained to riding within our own borders I decided to look at how big a ride I could do inside Japan. Japan stretches a long distance. Wakkanai is 26km from Russia and gets 6.6 metres of snow a year. Ishikgaki is next to Taiwan with […]

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Ishigaki

Pole to Pole tour part 1. With global travel still some way off I decided to see how far I could travel within the borders of Japan. Quite some distance it turns out. Cape Sata in Kagoshima prefecture is often referred to as a southerly point of Japan but Okinawa […]

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Japan – Full Circle tour

Japan is famous for its cherry blossoms, less known is it has a spectacular Autumn display of coloured leaves. Even more than the cherry blossoms timing is difficult as things can happen quickly. Most years I try to do a ride south with mixed success. I saw magnificent displays of […]

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A visit to Suzuki Motorcycles

Suzuki is the only one of the big four motorcycle manufacturers I have not visited. Not because I had not wanted to, when I first checked I did not see any access to public however that is not the case now but you need to obtain a reservation. With that […]

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Japan Shikoku Ride

Summer in Japan is brief but intense. The temperature might only be mid 30’s but the humidity is 60%. August is the time of many festivals and usually a good chance of some fine days so regardless of the heat I will try ride. There is normally no need to […]

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