November 20, 2016 Cruise

Korankei 香嵐渓 is a valley in Toyota, Japan (near Nagoya), and is one of center-Japan’s most popular viewing spots for Autumn leaves. There is actually a word for viewing the changing of the leaves in Japanese, called kouyou (紅葉). Here is a shot of the main river from the main…

November 1, 2016 Cruise

I posted on the Nagoya Cycling Club facebook group (a group that I created this year) asking if people were interested in doing a Halloween night ride around Nagoya. Halloween isn’t really big in Japan yet, and it was also a Monday night, so there wasn’t a lot of interest,…

September 3, 2016 Cruise

Norikura, or Norikura-dake (乗鞍岳) is Japan’s highest paved road, peaking at about 2,700 meters. So it was my birthday weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to ride up Mt Norikura… twice.. Mt Norikura is located on the border between Gifu prefecture and Nagano prefecture. Both of these prefectures…

July 18, 2016 Cruise

I’d been wanting to do the ride from Nagoya to Kyoto for a long time, but just kept procrastinating and not making any plans to do it. That is, until now! My friend and old cycling teammate from Detroit, Kroske, was visiting Japan for a week with his son, and…

May 17, 2016 Cruise

Mt Ontake (御嶽山) is a famous active volcano in central Japan. It actually erupted suddenly a few years back, killing a large number of people, so there is still some risk in coming to this type of place. Despite this, it is still a popular destination for cyclists, hikers, and…