Basic Japanese useful for cycling in Japan
It is always a good idea to learn simple local language wherever you travel. The Japanese language (or "Nihongo"日本語 in Japanese) may sound and look difficult, but it is actually fairly simple to learn basic conversational Japanese, as opposed to master reading and writing.
Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route
The Nishiseto 西瀬戸 Expressway, commonly known as the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido 瀬戸内しまなみ海道 Expressway, links Onomichi 尾道, Hiroshima Prefecture 広島県, with Imabari 今治, Ehime Prefecture 愛媛県. It is a 60 kilometer-long highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. There are two other land connections between Shikoku and Honshu, but […]
Cycle trains in Japan
In Japan there are several 'Cycle Trains' which allow bikes to be transported as they are without dismantling. Some of these operate all the time while others run during limited periods only such as weekends or when special events are planned. Many are offered by smaller private rail companies in non-urban areas but some major […]
Japan Railway Timetable and Map
Japan is covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. 70% of this is owned and operated by the Japan Railway Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ). This consists of six passenger railway companies of JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight […]
Japan's top 10 cycling roads - ten of the best rides
There are numerous cycling roads in Japan. Whether you are a casual cyclist or a serious racer, there is always a perfect route for you. But you do not know where to start? Here is top 10 cycling roads in Japan voted by Japanese cycling enthusiasts and professionals.