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Tokyo Midnight Rambling By Takashi Niwa

The summer heat in Tokyo can be unbearable, even for those of us who grew up here. With the stifling humidity trapped between cement buildings, the effective temperature gets close to 40 degrees Celsius. Cycling during the day is not just arduous, i...

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Awaichi (Hyogo Prefecture) By Takashi Niwa

“Awaichi” is short for “Awajishima Isshu,” which means a tour around Awaji Island. It is a popular route among Kansai cyclists along with “Biwaichi,” one time around Biwa Lake, and both are a 150-to-160-kilometer ...

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Tsugaru, Honshu's True North By Takashi Niwa

Hokkaido is the most northern island in Japan, yet it is so different from the main island of Honshu, that in some ways it feels like a foreign land. Tsugaru, however, which lies in the farthest reaches of Honshu, feels like you are venturing deep i...

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Northern Islands to the Tip of Japan By Takashi Niwa

This route hops two islands off the coast of northern Hokkaido - Rishiri Island with Mount Rishiri towering right above the sea, and Rebun Island with its heavenly wild flower gardens. Once back onshore the big island, let’s crank on to the nort...

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Akiha Kaido By Takashi Niwa

Enjoy our Summer Issue (Issue #52) of Outdoor Japan Traveler magazine. The Summer 2014 Issue spends a lot of time in the mountains, from the Himalayas with climbing royalty Peter Hillary to high alpine trail running near Tokyo and fat tire fun in Hons...

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Tohoku Panorama Ride By Takashi Niwa

Tohoku Panorama Ride Minami Tohoku The Zao and Azuma mountain ranges lie on the border of Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures. This Tohoku bride offers panoramic views as you go over mountains gaining elevation of 1,560 meters in the Zao Moun...

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Cycling Kagoshima’s Two Peninsulas By Takashi Niwa

Cycling Kagoshima’s Two Peninsulas 九州最南端・鹿児島の旅 Kagoshima prefecture is the southernmost prefecture on Kyushu Island and the climate there sure feels that way. In late December, rape blossoms start to bloom in a spatte...

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Returning to Ishinomaki By Takashi Niwa

石巻でのボランティア Returning to Ishinomaki By Takashi Niwa  私・丹羽隆志は、サイクリングツアーの下見のために、2010年6月に北上川沿いを通って石巻までサイクリングした。今春3月以...

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Tohoku Coast to Coast By Takashi Niwa

東北横断ライド 秋田・岩手・宮城 Tohoku Coast to Coast Akita, Iwate and Miyagi 東 北を横断し、日本海から太平洋へと抜ける。日本海側の秋田県では、県内最長の雄物川をさかのぼる。秘湯と...

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Chichibu Pilgrimage By Takashi Niwa Translated by Sakae Sugahara

Chichibu is a basin town in western Saitama Prefecture where people come to embark on a pilgrimage to the 34 temples in the area. Visitors have been making the journey here since the Muromachi Period (1336-1573), covering the 100 kilometers it takes t...

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Blue Sky Meets Turquoise Sea By Takashi Niwa

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A Ride Up and Around Mt. Fuji By Takashi Niwa

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} Enjoy views of Mt. Fuji that change against different backgrounds as you cycle around the mountain. The climb up to the fifth station takes you to a world above...

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A Coast-to-Coast Ride Across Honshu By Takashi Niwa

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#10 Izu Ōshima—Mission to Mars...in Tokyo By Takashi Niwa

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River and Sea – The Shimanto and Uwa Inlets By Takashi Niwa

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The Aso and Takachiho Swing: From a Volcanic Park to a Land of Myths By Takashi Niwa

  Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido is famous for amazing views, yet far south, the Aso area rivals its magnificence. From the vast grass fields of Kuju and Aso to the deep gorge in Takachiho, this route tours Oita, Kumamoto and Miya...

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Hakkoda and Shimokita Peninsula Loop By Takashi Niwa

Mountains, sea, capes, wilderness, forests and hot springs – this cycling trip is dotted with natural attractions. Moreover, local produce and seafood delicacies are not to be missed. The trip route runs counterclockwise around the central a...

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A Journey to Experience the Local Life By Takashi Niwa

Why cycle Japan? What most cyclists, Japanese and foreigners alike, find alluring about cycling this country, even more so than the safety, cleanliness and hospitality, is  the constant change. I agree. I often bike overseas, especially in mounta...