Japan Tours

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Small Autumn Ride Japan

Winter is approaching but I have too much rubber left on my tyres for the year. Time for a ride. The FJR is very comfortable protecting me from the cold air. Overseas I rent cheapest bikes but this is so much nicer. Just three hours away yet this is the […]

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A visit to Honda Motorcycles

Another item ticked off my list, I rode up to Motegi to visit Honda. I was waiting for two fine days in a row, I had to settle on one and a half, the finest period for the month.To get north is either a 120km detour to avoid Tokyo or […]

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Sado Island Motorcycle Tour

In between heat waves and typhoons a fine week appeared. Time to ride. Previously I toured the remote Goto islands then Tsushima. Now Sado island was beckoning me. I decided to trace some of the route used by an annual event here known as Coast to Coast Twisty Butt. An […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride, part six, The inland sea.

Today was a very important day weather wise because I had saved what might possibly be the best viewpoint to last.When designing this tour I told myself not to count on more than 50% fine days, but I have been very lucky indeed and today that continues with glorious blue […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride part five, the gambler

I depart Nagasaki day twelve into steady rain. I had experienced nice weather in other key areas so did not feel too disappointed. But it did ruin the plan this morning to visit Iki island north of Nagasaki, a old coal mine full of abandoned buildings. Oh well, next time. […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – part four, Santa Coming

Leaving southern Kagoshima region on day nine my progress is slow, without elaborating I have to stop at every rest room and eventually seek out a pharmacy to get some medicine.Handy to have google translate on phone in this sort of situation.Have to discard my plan to explore Nagashima island, […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – part three

Day sevenI got my washing done last night, most hotels in Japan have coin laundries and it makes motorcycle touring easy.Wet roads and some light rain riding south. Small break allowed me to grab this photo. Japan from here turns tropical.Some surfers out and rare in rural Japan, police with […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – A fist full of throttle

Leaving Kochi on day four of my tour the weather is perfect. Huge ride planned for today if all my chosen roads are open. First up a unexpected find. I was riding beside a dam merely to avoid the main road with no knowledge of it being anything special but […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – South bound

I love lookouts. Viewpoints. Or observatories as they are called in Japan. I decided to ride around visiting the best ones I had found on Google maps. I waited until after the Japan golden week national holidays to ride south to avoid the crowds but depart straight into rain. The […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle tour – part three

Day eleven – Oita to Shimane prefecture I set off this morning to visit the Fuki temple north of Beppu which is very photogenic in autumn. I hope that the Ginko trees (the ones that turn bright yellow) there have changed. Alas it was not to be. The Chukoku expressway […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle Tour – part two

Day six – Yamaguchi to Fukuoka prefecture. Having set off for Tsushima in part one I was confronted with typhoon coming to Japan but decided to ride on then park up while it passed by as it was going to track off the coast. I spent yesterday inside from the […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle Tour – part one

Tsushima at it’s furthest point from Japan is less than 50km from South Korea. So this was fitting destination for me to choose for my Autumn motorcycle tour this year as I had originally been planning to ride South Korea. The above map shows where Tsushima is located. History or […]

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