Since 22 Dec 1998
How to take a bike trip around Japan
You should go around the Hokkaido from Jul. to Aug.
June is the rainy season.
Typhoons often hit in Sept.
Too much traffic
For the most part paved
The bike and the car keep to the left. A pedestrian is on the righthand side.
When you turn right go through the intersection and then turn right after the lights change to green.
You should ride on the sidewalk during heavy traffic.
Be careful of cars suddenly coming out of alleys.
If a vehicle doesn't notice you, you may get hit.
Cars may pass closely by you.
Under the eaves of a building.
A camping site charges too much here and so you should ask before you go there.
The motor camp is too expensive. About 4000yen. I've asked supermarkets in the evenings for the locations of parks
You can stay in a town that has a public bath or a spa. Or you can take a bath on your way through the town.
You should ask the people in the town about it.
Supermarket:Located in each town (Hours 10a.m to 10p.m)
The convenience store:Every town has it (open 24 Hours.)
The town are close to each other, so the convenience stores are easy to find,except in Hokkaido.
Some vegetables and fruits are sold in packages that contain too much for one parson. And you should take care of your health for lack of nutrition.
Gasoline: Readily available.
Gas cylinders: Get it from a shopping center, a camping equipment shop or a fishing shop.
Popular brands are PRIMUS,EPI,COLEMAN and CAMPING GAZ. but the shop may not have the brand you want.
Mountain bike: Most readily available.
Road bike: Few shops have it.
Getting 650c and over 700cX28 tires are difficult.
Japan has 35mm,APS films and throw away camera.
35mm film most readily available.
Use of YEN (cash) is best
If you have traveler's checks in YEN and you should only what you need.
You can not use credit cards in many supermarkets.
In Mar. of 1998 I spent 50,000yen in 25days and rode 1500km.
(This included 23,000yen food.)
When you take your bike on a plane or a train you need to take it apart and pack in a bike bag.
Drinking water here is safe.
Is there a park nearby?
chikaku ni kouen wa arimasuka
Does this town has a communal bath?
kono machi ni sentou wa arimasuka
Does this town has a spa?
kono machi ni onsen wa arimasuka
How much ?
Can you give me a discount?
Where is the toilet?
toire wa doko desuka
Can I use the toilet?
toire kashite kudasai