Japanese Konbini : Convenience Stores for cyclists
Convenience stores, often shortened to Konbini コンビニ in Japan are so convenient that any cyclist cannot go without during bike tours. Appearing on every stretch of roads where you cycle, they offer all kinds of products: food (including hot meals and bentos), drink (including alcohol and freshly brewed coffee), magazines, stationery, clothes, medicines, cosmetics, batteries, […]
Road signs you need to know to cycle in Japan
If you want to cycle around Japan, you should be familiar with and recognise the meaning of basic road signs. You do not need advanced Japanese knowledge, as road signs in Japan generally comply with most international standards and are mainly pictorial, making them easy to comprehend. Generally red colour and/or diagonal line indicates […]
Can tattooed cyclists go to onsen hotspring in Japan?
Do you have tattoos and want to enjoy onsen in Japan? This seemingly fairly simple wish may cause some issues if you do not do some prior research. Many public bath, together with some gyms, swimming pools, tanning salons, Yoga studios, and bathing beaches in Japan have very strict rules about tattoos. They often display […]
Japanese weather : does it rain a lot in Japan?
Not many cyclists enjoy riding in rain. You may wonder exactly how much rain you may encounter in Japan. This depends on when you go and also where you are as Japan is a large archipelago stretching in latitude.
Lake Biwa Yoshibue Cycling Road
Lake Biwa Yoshibue Road 26.2km Omihachiman to Higashiomi, Shiga (Honshu Kansai region) びわ湖よし笛ロード（滋賀県近江八幡市～東近江市) This cycling road is located within the Lake Nishinoko area northeast of Kyoto, from Omihachiman 近江八幡 to Azuchi 安土, Japan's largest waterfront area. It is regarded as one of the eight most beautiful spots of Lake Biwa 琵琶湖 and as "a […]