Being in a city on holiday without needing a map gives you freedom. You either have no idea where you are and happy to experience what ever comes you way – or you actually know where you are going. I can confidently say there is a small part of Tokyo I can navigate (providing it’s light) without a map. I can get my self to at least two coffee shops, a patisserie from our regular hotel in Tokyo – which is the basics in life!
Gotta love cute
“I can help with your shoes”
I can keep your tray up…
…. and the city have Characters!
Things you can buy….
Personal fridge just for my lunch at work. It would fit under my desk! Don’t worry, I didn’t buy it…
Then there are things you don’t understand why –
Imagine if local government used these instead of orange cones!
On Sunday we cycled The Shimanami Kaido. It is known as a “must do” route for cyclists. We had heard about it from our Japanese Brompton friends who have done the route and provided us information. While we aren’t in Japan for long we thought – yeah we can do 74km+ in a day on our Brompton’s!
I acknowledge to actually enjoy the area and ride and the number of side options it would be best to stay in the area a number of days. Saying that we planned just a day – and the weather was going to be a perfect 30 degrees.
As we were in Kyoto we caught the train (not the cheapest option I know!) to the beginning at Onomichi… and caught the ferry over to the beginning. We were surprised by the number of people who were hiring bikes – here is a photo of a couple!
Here’s he route – we did the red line, which is considered ‘recommended’. There are other options if you have more time or need a challenge!
Along the road is a blue line you follow, so it’s hard to get lost.
As there area number of bridges, these twoo are well marked for cyclists & pedestrians.
The route takes you through working parts of the island, and areas which specialises in citrus fruit (oranges, lemons etc), so the view is mixed along with mountains and water.
Along the route, there are a number of stops you can make, which have nice views of the area – and occasionally vending machines.
Along the route you are on the same road as cars – although there is opportunity to go on a path along side the road. The condition of the road is better than many of the cycle lanes in Adelaide (unless of course they have just laid the road). The drivers were very courteous and gave plenty of space – although there is always one which goes too close!
Along the route we stopped at a little cafe for lunch – hot dog and a hamburger (not as any Australian knows it). They were kind as they filled up our water bottles too.
Riding on the bridges was fabulous. Majority of the time there was a separate line from the cars – or underneath.
There was one stop in particular (halfway point) which has a lot of spaces for cyclists and sells the local produce along with sweats etc. we enjoyed a fabulous ice cream which was orange flavoured. Funnily enough Kym went off to buy it (had to use a vending machine to get a ticket).. and had some assistance from a Japanese person, and came back and said “I should of let you do that…” haha 🙂
The ride itself was perfect – we really enjoyed it. Along the recommended route there are a few small challenges to get up hills to the bridge height, but nothing we couldn’t handle on the Brompton – yeah for low gears!
We made it to the last train connection back to Kyoto… weph! Given the temperature was suppose to be 30 that day we were pretty tired… and pleased to see the train station (oh those last 4kms!), and buy ekiben! It was certainly great day on the bike!
It’s 2:30 here in Tokyo, and I’m wide awake. I put off looking at any device for over an hour…. tried putting the tv on sleep (worked the first time!), but no luck.
Yesterday (after sleeping in until 9:30), we cycled to one of our favourite coffee shops in Tokyo – Glitch. Had a cappuccino and a cake each. It was delightful. Kym still had his frequent coffee card from last visit – we should be able to get a free one before we return home.
Over coffee we decided to go to the National Museum of Modern Art. It was in the local area, and we’ve always had it on our list but never been. After finding a convenient bike park…
…we went in. The current exhibition was on the Japanese house – architecture and life after 1945 and covered to the current time. It was a look at the different styles of houses and how & why they were built in Japan – a really fascinating exhibition, including short videos, drawings, models.
After looking around the rest of the exhibition we enjoyed lunch from a food truck (with beer) which was quite cheap – $15. The ticket was joint with their craft gallery. It was their 40th anniversary, and as part of the exhibition there were stamps to collect as you went round… and you got a free gift at the end – which is useful – A5 paper holder.
Well… I should try to sleep- hopefully this worked!
I will acknowledge we were tired. Managed to get some sleep on the plane between Frankfurt and Tokyo (food was pretty good).
Above photo is somewhere over Japan… we did manage to see Mt Fuji in the distance above the clouds before the plane descended, and landed in rain.
The match was not the best… especially according to a few people around us. I think I could tell by the swearing, throwing bits of cardboard. I recognise we weren’t doing well (always a sign) but with the behaviour it certainly does not make Australia look good. At least there were a number of people who just wanted to sit and watch the match – we were one of those! Japan certainly had the better of the Australian team. It was great going to the match and being part of it – especially when the Japanese scored. Wow – an amazing sound.
On the train back we started to fall asleep (yeah jet lag). We managed to get back to the hotel around 11:30.
Well folks, our Europe leg is over, and we’re about to board a flight to Japan.
We fared pretty well, and cycling lived up to our expectations. Including the four flat tyres we’ve had (Berlin, Paris, London, and Warsaw). Kym’s done a sterling job on changing the back tyre! Yes, we didn’t realise the irony of the sign until we’d started.
The meal and breakfast at Faviken lived up to everything we expected – and then some! The experience was fabulous, and really enjoyable. Now keen to try more Nordic food. We even met a couple of Australian’s – hello!
Walkinh on the roof on buildings in Stockholm was something else.
You’ll hear from us the other side of the pond.
While on holiday it’s great to catch up with family & friends. This trip is no exception. We went to Hull to visit my uncle. While we’re we’re there we also cycled over the Humber Bridge – once the longest single span bridge in the world. This was surpassed many years ago… but it was a great ride.
We had a chat to the artist painting a tribute to Amy Johnson (first female to fly solo from Britain to Australia)- who was born in Hull. We shared some photos of graffiti we’d seen in Gdansk – which he enjoyed. Hopefully, I’ll see the finished version on the internet.
After that we set off for the bridge. We saw some art along Hessle Road
Traverses some interesting roads/footpaths/ cycle paths
Stopped briefly in Hessle to visit the library.
… and we went on our way again (no public toilets, newspapers or magazines), and over the bridge.
We stopped by the Sloop Inn for lunch
…. and back then North Ferriby.
Where we had another drink (needed energy to get back to my uncles)… and cycled down Boothferry road – which was a fabulous downhill. It was certainly a grand ride!