Category Archives: Bike rides

Station visitor information offices have ……

It seems like every JR destination has a small visitor information kiosk or office within the station area, or just outside. The same can be said for the numerous private railway line operators as well. Promoting local cultural sites, places … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Being a little bit lost in Masuda

Call me old fashioned, but smart phones and a GPS are not yet my thing when wandering around new places. With a good sense of direction as well as being confident at knowing which way is north, I am never … Continue reading

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Sights for train eyes in South Western Honshu

The Japan Rail Pass is a real freedom card, particularly when the idea of looking out a train window for hours gets you excited. Each JR Rail company advertises their most scenic routes, and tourism agencies do the same. But … Continue reading

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Tokyo cycling fun

Read many of the popular guide books and websites about Tokyo and cycling gets a bad rap. Don’t believe everything you read. Cycling in the metropolis of Tokyo is easy and very safe – if you have your wits about … Continue reading

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Which way is Nara again?

The walk to Hotel Fujita from JR Nara Station was only 500m, along Sanjo-dori which is the main pedestrian route to Nara Park. Central Nara was surprisingly low-rise, with myriads of lanes accessing small shopping complexes. The Hotel offered bikes … Continue reading

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