A focus on Japan

Exploring lesser seen Japan by motorcycle.

A visit to Honda Motorcycles

Another item ticked off my list, I rode up to Motegi to visit Honda. I was waiting for two fine days in a row, I had to settle on one and a half, the finest period for the month.To get north is either a 120km detour to avoid Tokyo or […]

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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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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

I am embarking on my biggest ever motorcycle journey around Japan. 17 days, four ocean ferries, high mountains, lush green valleys, remote country roads and blue ocean vistas island hopping around Nagasaki. As Doc Neeson said, this is it folks over the top. If you have some spare time then […]

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Hokkaido Motorcycle Tour

Since first visiting Japan I have been told Hokkaido was the best riding so I decided it was about time I went for a look. Every Summer many riders in Japan head north to cooler weather in Hokkaido. You can ride or take a ferry all the way. I chose […]

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Japan Summer Motorcycle Tour

I wasn’t planning any riding when out of the blue a week of sunny weather was being predicted prior to the arrival of Japans rainy season. I set off one day later with part of a ride worked out on a bike that was not running the best but a […]

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Japan Inland Sea motorcycle tour

I just completed a motorcycle ride visiting some of the best view points around what is referred to as the Seto Inland sea of Japan. I then went island hopping across these waters to visit some of the islands in the middle where few people travel. If you have a […]

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Wonderful Japan autumn tour

Japan is such a varied country. I have just completed one of the most scenic motorcycle tours I have ever ridden. If you have a moment take a look at some of the sights on my 14 day journey exploring autumn in rural Japan.   My plan was to ride […]

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A visit to Yamaha Japan

There currently is a late burst of near summer weather. So I went for a ride to visit Yamaha in Shizuoka. Mostly highway but I detoured a couple of times to try my luck at two highly rated Mt Fuji view locations to break it up. I would not call […]

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