Video: Cycle Touring In Japan Is The Nuts!

Back in May of this year, myself and Dave Noakes touched down in Tokyo for a three week tour of Japan with our bicycles. He’d taken a little persuasion, for though he was keen on the idea of visiting Japan and loves bikes I think he’d been swayed by an outdated image of cycle touring being the boring reserve of fuddy duddy old people obsessed with Kendal Mintcake and compasses.

Now seeing as I can’t stand Kendal Mintcake, despite years of being given it by my father, and I’m absolutely crap with a compass, I had something totally different in mind to what Dave envisaged. And as I’m neither old nor boring I couldn’t see how cycle touring could be either.

I was right about the trip, as I knew I would be, and cycle touring won Dave over big-time. From morning till evening we were wide eyed at the scenery, the food, the mountains and some incredible beaches and now he wants to go again, so I win!

Whilst we were there we filmed a whole bunch of footage on our new camera, a Sony RX100 MKII, and were saved from the task of editing endless hours of drivel by Alex Rankin, who put together this great video for us. It captures the feeling of our trip so well that it nearly brought a tear to my eye; I got all emotional thinking back to the awesome times. A big thanks to Charge Bikes, Brooks and my family who helped us make the trip.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you’re thinking of planning a cycle touring adventure, get on it!

Comments (7)
  1. Kim October 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Giulio Ungaretti October 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Do you have an itinerary or something? This inspired my next trip 🙂

    • Juliet_Elliott October 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      I don’t have an itinerary as such, perhaps i could write one? But in short we went from Tokyo down the Izu Peninsular, up to Mt Fuji and back then along the coast past Fuji City, Hammamatsu etc. Then we got a ferry from Cape Irago to Toba, went up to Tsu and across to Kyoto. Then a train down to Fukuyama before riding up and down the Shiminami Kaido to Shikoku. Hope you make it out there – have fun!

  3. Jason May 3, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Thanks for inspiring Juliet. do you happen to have your routes mapped out? Planning a bike touring trip to japan for about 2.5 weeks

    • Juliet_Elliott May 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Hey Jason, I’m sorry, I only just saw this comment. I don’t have the routes mapped out but I could tell you where I went, if that’s a help?

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