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« on: December 28, 2016, 07:12:37 am »

Some more photos of Japan from me.

Got sidelined before posting so these were taken October just prior to the leaves changing colour in earnest.

My original plan was to ride north to see the autumn colours which start sooner but some of those prefectures got smashed up with a typhoon and then one of my favourite areas south is still rebuilding from a devastating earthquake so I did a bit of each way instead.

I rode up to near Mt Bandai volcano and then did a loop the next day there, wonderful roads. Then two incredible routes in high mountains to historic Nikko region.









I cut across to the west coast then and spotted a black bear on the side of the road which is rare that far south, been four people killed by bears up north this year.







Then some highway as heavy rain made my route impossible. Back roads in Wakayama then a nap on the ferry to Shikoku.



Explored some remote mountains and rugged coast in Shikoku before another ferry to Kyushu.





Some rain spoiled the party then, I stayed in Nagasaki and went to see Battleship island.

Along the coast then to the north west tip and some island hopping with amazing scenery.





Then the haul back north with a bit more rain unfortunately interrupting play but grey skies are great for photographing lakes.





17 days, that's a few highlights, the full yarn and photo extravaganza is on the 'ol blog Bigsmile


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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2016, 07:44:56 am »

O.K. whats the deal with the last photo?  local shrine to fast motorcycles?
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2016, 08:20:36 am »


 EEK! WOW!

Japan?  I never woulda thunk.

Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos..  Thumbsup
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2016, 08:44:35 am »

Beautiful pictures!

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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2016, 09:28:09 am »


O.K. whats the deal with the last photo?  local shrine to fast motorcycles?


Not a shrine although inside is a bit like one to the popular Suzuki motorcycle with a number of posters.
That is the Hayabusa railway station.
An old countryside station no longer manned but the line is still in use with a small one carriage train that serves the villages along the valley.
If you like trains then you could spend many months exploring the countryside via these old lines at a leisurely pace instead of 300kph on bullet trains as is the image of Japan.
Anyway at some point it became a place Hayabusa riders went to on tour. Now the inside is full of Hayabusa posters and there is a wall for people to pin photos of their Hayabusa.
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2016, 12:48:40 pm »

My husband traveled to Japan for a week last Christmas and still talks about how great the country is. I am hoping that some day we can both go there and see the countryside.

Thanks for sharing your photos!  Bigok
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2017, 03:29:29 pm »

Beautiful pictures  Clap

Is there any long distance moto-touring community in Japan? Any riders that look as if they are on extended trips?  Headscratch
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2017, 03:34:46 pm »

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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2017, 07:19:04 pm »

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Great stuff. Lovely country and very diverse.
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2017, 09:46:51 pm »

Stunning photographs! Weather may be inconvenient, but gives back with beauty.

Thanks much.
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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2017, 10:00:07 pm »


Beautiful pictures  Clap

Is there any long distance moto-touring community in Japan? Any riders that look as if they are on extended trips?  Headscratch


Motorcycle touring is very popular in Japan.
There are many touring clubs and a national motorcycle touring organisation for riders.
Also there are two monthly moto touring magazines.
In summer a number of ski lodges become Rider Inns offering very cheap bed and breakfast.
There is much more I am slowly discovering too.
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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2017, 11:56:27 pm »

Great fotos!

Thanks.
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2017, 07:02:42 am »

Great photos! Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2017, 02:12:05 pm »

It's so freaking beautiful. A real pity I'm on the other side of the globe.

When will you post the next batch of pictures? Wink
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2017, 06:36:10 am »


It's so freaking beautiful. A real pity I'm on the other side of the globe.

When will you post the next batch of pictures? Wink


My next Japan ride will be May. Too cold now so I am riding in Thailand.
Until then there is lots of photos on my blog of older rides in Japan 😊
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2017, 09:49:37 am »

Feel free to post up photos of Thailand as well...  Thumbsup
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