Japan Day 39: Cycling the Norikura Skyline

The Norikura Skyline is the road leading up to Mount Norikura from the Gifu side (west) and it opens mid May, while the Norikura Echo Line is the road on the Nagano side (east), which opens start of July. Since it was late May, there was still heaps of snow at the top and there … Continue reading Japan Day 39: Cycling the Norikura Skyline

Japan Day 39: Riding Honokidaira to Hirayu Onsen

After listening to thunderstorms and rain last night, I was pleasantly surprised by the clear weather this morning. My mission was to ride up Norikura Skyline, a 14km stretch of road that rises 1000m up to the 2700m point,¬†making it the highest road in Japan. It was an epic ride and it's in a separate … Continue reading Japan Day 39: Riding Honokidaira to Hirayu Onsen

Japan Day 34-35: Riding Hirugano to Shirakawa and Rest Day

Today's ride was surprisingly easy, it was mostly downhill with a few tunnels along the way and hardly any traffic. I just rode along Route 156, which took my along Miboro Dam, part of a hydroelectric plant, however after it was built it flooded some villages and shrines. Two giant cherry trees were taken from … Continue reading Japan Day 34-35: Riding Hirugano to Shirakawa and Rest Day