2017年 3月 の投稿一覧

Japanese Konbini : Convenience Stores for cyclists

Family Mart:Konbini

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, you name it.  And they are open 24 hours 365 days (not that I cycle at 3 AM wanting to buy a cup of coffee).

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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 some form of prohibition and yellow ones offer some kind of warning information, whereas blue colour indicates something is allowed. For example a sign showing a bike with a blue background means you can cycle here.

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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 notices 入れ墨禁止 (irezumi kinshi, or tattoos forbidden)  to announce that nobody with a tattoo is allowed in.
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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.

 

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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 water district of Azuchi Hachiman 安土八幡 in spring colors.”  The area is designated as the first Important Cultural Landscape in Japan, because of the importance of its ecosystem, where reeds have a water purification effect.

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