Japan Gallery Foot massage/torture in the park Our new drunken friend Park camping. Up and over to Hagi Typical country houses Convenience in every layby Traditional merchant’s home in Hagi old town Beach side camping in Hagi Adela and Kris from Poland Sushi, glorious sushi! Route 187 towards Iwakumi Refreshing river swim Riverside picnic There are dozens of very tame dears on Miyajima The path up Mount Missen Figurine on Mount Missen Peace sign on Miyajima Great Torii, Myajima Great Torii, Myajima Shrine Itsukushima Shrine Great Torii, Miyajima A tree that survived the bomb Oyster farm, Etijima Kure naval port Ondocho ferry Blue lines and bridges Ferry to Innoshima Bridge Shimanami Kaido – One of the finest places to ride in Japan Luxury bus shelter View from the ferry to Iwagi Yoshiumicho Fusuma Bridge Cycle path up onto Yoshiumicho Fusuma Bridge Yoshiumicho Fusuma Bridge across to Shikoku Our hosts in Imibari: Tsuneto, Akiko, Fumitso. Jeffrey and Linda from France were also staying having found them through Air B&B A suitable house name Shikoku Pilgrim Soggy moggy Aojima – Otherwise known as Cat Island Temple cat Feeding frenzy Playtime on cat island There are Tsunami escape routes along the entire coast. These signs tell you how far above sea level you are. Tunnels aplenty. This was one just for bikes. Misty coast road on Shikoku Near Yawatahma, Shikoku Coast road south from Yawatahama Fruit collecting trolley Keep Japan tidy, if you can This guy was riding his scooter from Tokyo to Kyushu, only marginally faster than us. Samurai statues Terraced tea plantation Even the road signs bow in apology when there are roadworks Iya (Hidden) Valley Peeing boy, Iya Valley Vine bridge (with steel cables underneath) Doll cyclist Village of the dolls, Iya Valley Village of the dolls, Iya Valley Village of the dolls, Iya Valley Vine bridge (with steel cables underneath) Kirsty braves the Wild Monkey cable car A well earned picnic spot at the head of the Iya Valley Making roadworks more fun At the home of the big S Sakai Bicycle Museum. The Eddy Mercx belonged to a Texan called Lance. Whatever happened to him? Into Osaka Dōtonbori, Osaka Preparing the Takiyaki Preparing the Tokoyaki Piping hot Takoyaki Standing bar Sumo paintings Tiny Osaka houses Audrey, our host in Osaka Shinsekai, Osaka The Great Buddha Climbing through the pillar in The Great Buddha Hall, Nara Great Buddha Hall, Nara Basin for washing with holy water, with guardian dragon Not climbing through the pillar in The Great Buddha Hall, Nara A big bell, Nara Deer ambush in Nara Bright green macha tea, our beverage of choice at the moment Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto Hand-deccorated, fox shaped good luck charms Ancient history and modern convenience in Japan Kizomizu Temple. People used to believe that if you jumped off the balcony and survived your wish would come true. 5 storied Pagodo, Kyoto Crowds in Kyoto Kimonos in Kyoto Lake Biwa Robotic salesman Hills behind Lake Biwa Illusive fish Fishermen in the river Shiragawa Shiragawa Log cabin accomodation 通行止め! (Road closed) A perfect bike to ride up a mountain….. Into the Japanese Alps Komikotchi Hiking up the mountain Kamokotchi Kamikotchi Up at the snow line Crossing a dam on the way to Matsumoto Matsumoto castle Long descents through the rain and the tunnels We’re now on the Japanese Romantic Road Wooden channels help cool the water before it goes to the onsens Public onsen Jizō statue in colourful bib Hot river in Hot foot bath in Kusatsu Ski slopes in the summer A perfect camping spot (if only it wasn’t private land) Ryūzu Falls On our way down from the pass at Higashiogawa Guardians at the entrance to Nikko Temples Nikko Toshu Gu Monkeys on the sacred stable Crying dragon on a temple ceiling Shinkyō Bridge, Nikko Cedar avenue of Nikko Tokyo Sky Tree Oak Hostel Cabin – Capsule Hotel Capsule hotel Shinjuku, Tokyo Shinjuku, Tokyo Shinjuku, Tokyo Shinjuku, Tokyo Cutting ice, Tsukiji Fish Market Tsukiji Fish Market Tsukiji Oysters in Tsukiji Tuna, Tsukiji Camping in central Yokohama Looking out from Hayama Hayama A happy meal, Kamakura Zen garden, Engaku Ji, Kamakura Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine, Kamakura where you can literally wash money in the hope that it will then multiply Hayama with Fuji-San behind Shinuya pedestrian crossing, the busiest in the worlds with up to 600 people stepping out when the lights turn Tokyo tag Pimped fixie, Cat Street, Tokyo Harris tweed perches http://www.riderzcafe.com/, Tokyo Cycling busker with portable xylophones, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo Tokyo Rockerbilly, Yoyogi Park Tokyo Rockerbillys, Yoyogi Park Tokyo Rockerbilly, Yoyogi Park Thank you very much Partez oars Partez oarsfolk Kirsty in the 2 seat of a quad Partez use the impressive facilities of Mitsubishi Rowing Club Toda rowing lake, Tokyo Miki Hayama, the perfect rest stop And they’re off! The Tokyo Oval Cycle Track Winner on the podium but with the crowd stood on numbers waiting for the raffle to be drawn Riders getting loaded in the start gates Studying the form Final sprint Studying the form The winning bike, but not the winning rider The punters placing their bets …pedalling Mark, who also happens to be one of the fastest triathletes in the east Well presented tuna throat if a bit lacking in quantity for greedy cyclists Kirsty and Muk reunuited Most of our fellow passengers had opted for motors rather than pedal power This boat travels at our kind of speed Hokkaido has plenty of furry residents This might not be a real bear Hokkaido farmland Reassuringly expensive melons Roomy, warm and with only a few dozen visitors in the night making use of the en suite facilities Our accommodation for a night in Umabari Twisting through the forest Lavender fields at Nakafuano Fields of wheat The road out of Asahikawa Ice cream at the summit of the Pass Japanese Fox Japan is the world leader in building tunnels The road down from the Mikuni Pass Maybe some surprises in the woods today Off road towards Otoke Lake Wild flwoers at Hokkaido barns looking across to the Shiretoku Peninsula Horses near Tofutsu Lake Hokkaido cheese bun, with a handy map printed on top Rising up the Shirituku Peninsula The Oshinkoshin Fall, one of Japan’s top 10 waterfalls Swimming in the Sea of Othosk, if I’d kept going I’d have reached Siberia Looking back along the peninsula In the distance is Russian owned Summit of the Shirituku Pass The descent from the Shirituku Pass Bear (Bare) Onsen A hot spring that is too hot!