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奥只見(福島県~新潟県): 紅葉のベストルートはここだ By Takashi Niwa

Japan in autumn is a sight to behold, and there are many cycling routes that allow you to take in the beautiful autumn foliage. I’ve chosen one which goes across the border between Fukushima and Niigata prefectures through an area called Miike...

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夏は東京の深夜が楽しい By 丹羽隆志

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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淡路島一周(兵庫県) By 丹羽隆志

“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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本州の最果て、津軽 By 丹羽隆志

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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最果ての島巡りと日本最北端 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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秋葉街道 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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蔵王&吾妻連峰パノラマサイクリング 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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九州最南端・鹿児島の旅 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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石巻でのボランティア 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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東北横断ライド 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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秩父34ケ所巡礼 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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宮古島で瑠璃色の海に溶ける By Takashi Niwa

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富士山一周と、5合目ヒルクライム 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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本州縦断! 東京湾から日本海へ By Takashi Niwa

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#10 東京に火星を発見・・・伊豆大島 By Takashi Niwa

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四万十の清流と、南予の入り江を巡る By Takashi Niwa

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火の国の別府・九重・阿蘇から、神々の里・高千穂へ 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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東北 八甲田・下北半島大周遊 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...