On your bike

You can get a good sense of the real Japan by gently rolling through lanes and streets on a bike. A leisurely pace, often with a tide of fellow riders. Apart from looking a little bit different, who is to know you are a visitor?

Bike can be hired in most cities a little cost. 500 yen can get you a bike for a whole days in many places, including Tokyo at Ueno and Asakusa, and in Matsumoto and Kyoto.

In smaller places, head straight to the Information Centre or office at the train station. I have spend pleasant hours doing this in Masuda, Heda and Nara.

parked at Daian-ji temple, Nara

parked at Daian-ji temple, Nara

The Nara ride sticks in the memory because I got very lost! This is how I explained it.

in a back street of Gion, Kyoto

in a back street of Gion, Kyoto

I got a bee in my bonnet in a previous post about the bad reputation bicycle riding has in Tokyo.

in front of the Tokyo Sky Tree

in front of the Tokyo Sky Tree

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About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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