Exploring Japan by two wheels

Exploring the roads less travelled in Japan to places Japanese tell me they have never seen.

Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – South bound

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 […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle tour – part three

Day eleven – Oita to Shimane prefectureI set off this morning to visit the Fuki temple north of Beppu which is very photogenic in autumn. I hope that the Ginko trees (the ones that turn bright yellow) there have changed. Alas it was not to be.The Chukoku expressway is quite […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle Tour – part two

Day six – Yamaguchi to Fukuoka prefecture. Having set off for Tsushima in part one I was confronted with typhoon coming to Japan but decided to ride on then park up while it passed by as it was going to track off the coast. I spent yesterday inside from the […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle Tour – part one

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 […]

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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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Islands of Japan Motorcycle Tour – part 6

Nagasaki to Kanagawa Day 11 Continuing my journey north from Goto islands. Last night I had to decide if I stay another night in Sasebo and sit out the rain or ride on. Accu weather is a terrific tool for riders and my take on things was rain being widespread […]

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Islands of Japan Motorcycle tour – part 5

Goto IslandsDay 9 Today is the day I go to Goto islands.But first I am off to Mt Unzen to see another view point. (part 4 is here) I had wanted to visit this place last time I came to Nagasaki to see Gunkajima (Battleship island) but it rained so […]

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Islands of Japan Motorcycle Tour part 4

Miyazaki to Nagasaki Day 7 I continue riding south today. I am going to run out of road on the mainland if I keep going that direction. But first a Japanese style breakfast served at the Green hotels chain to set me up for the day. Breakfast also included a […]

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Islands of Japan Motorcycle tour – part three

Eihme to Miyazaki Day 5 I am continuing my motorcycle ride to southern Japan. (See part two here) I have a big ride in the mountains of Shikoku planned for today. Shikoku is for me one of the best riding destinations in Japan. It is low population and has a […]

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Islands of Japan Motorcycle Tour – part two

Wakayama to Ehime Day 3 (Part one can be viewed here) I woke up early as I do every day on tour because it is like a Sunday ride day every day. No buffet breakfast at this hotel the restaurant was under renovation so I went to the 7/11 which […]

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Islands of Japan Motorcycle Tour

Kanagawa to Wakayama People tend to think of Japan being all crowded cities and bullet trains but it consists of over 7000 islands, a similar figure to that which is celebrated by the people of the Philippines. Many of these islands are populated by small communities and a network of […]

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Grand Motorcycle Tour of Japan – Part two

I am continuing my 17 day motorcycle ride around Japan. In part one (click here) you can read about my riding in Fukushima, Gunma, Toyama, Nara and Wakayama prefectures. Now I am continuing south towards Nagasaki and Gunkajima (battleship island) which I hope to visit. (photo wiki commons) But a […]

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