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CJA180A The Secrets of Japan - 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | Angela | Asia

Nikko back to Tokyo

Rest day in Nikko

Kusatsu to Nikko

Herayu to Kusatsu 

Noto Island to Herayu

We seemed to not have had enough rain yet on tour. Today we were blessed with another load of it. But this is not necessarily a bad thing at all. The Onsen (natural hot bath) sure is waiting for you in the next hotel

Well, and this is also the reason why you are only getting pictures of food today Japanse dishes are a sight by itself anyways

Only reluctantly we left our beautiful hotel in Nanao
This coffee machine produced very tasty coffee and...
you could even watch it being freshly brewed
Along with it we had another Japanese speciality which you find similar in Germany and Austria - the famous "Baumkuchen" (tree cake). The Japanese version, though, comes with green tea flavour - of course
All the boots at the end of a pretty wet day - yes, they are on their way to a heated room to dry out over night
While we are enjoying our super delicious dinner, again Japanese style. This time we are actively involved barbecue our food

Fukui to Noto Island

Our journey to Nanao on Noto Island lead the group on two routes. The avid riders among us took the long loop along the coast of the peninsula and those who wished to do more sightseeing went for the Eiheiji Temple. A temple complex of the Zen-Buddhism that has been founded in the 13th century and is still an actively used place.

Numerous places around the temples invite you for a peaceful walk
And if you take a closer look you will find many Japanese secrets
Ginger from Australia makes for a beautiful foto opportunity
We haven't found out yet, but someone was piling up the stones on Peter's and Ingrid's bike
Viktoria brightens up the day
And Helmut, being a seemingly endless source, has always a joke to share
The northwestern area of Honshu island is dominated by rice fields. Apparently the best rice you can get in Japan is growing here in these prefectures
Driving on the beach was one of the highlights today. And a special one for Ingrid and Peter They will soon celebrate their 50st wedding anniversary. Congratulations!
What a nice wellcome at dinner

Himeji to Fukui

Today was a pure riding day. We had to cover a stretch on the highway but it served only the purpose to get to go to the good riding areas 

Brigita and Vili are fun to be with at any time
We all enjoy those little Japanese coffee places - or at least the ones who drink coffee
Each cup is brewed separately and it tastes really delicious
Yoram and Brian decided to celebrate their coffee next to the rice fields
The owner of the coffee shop was so fascinated by Paul that he presented hime one of his wood work pictures
The ride over the Rainbow Line prepared us for the following ride along the coast to Awara/Fukui
At the top of the Rainbow line we were awarded with spectacular views
Japanese style dinner .... yummy
I don't understand why only the men got lucky to get a massage from the waitresses

Kyoto to Himeji

Today's ride took us to the most famous castle - or better say fortress - in Japan: Himeji Castle.

On the way to our restaurant we were passing by some old Japanese houses...
...and also some new ones
It may seem to be totally weird to us but the Japanese apparently enjoy being with a pet in a place that was just designed for this purpose. If you like pets but don't want to own one you simply spend some time in a cat cafe, for example.
It is easy to find something to eat after your taste - many restaurants have plastic food in their window to make the choice easy for you

Rest day in Kyoto

Ginger used the opportunity here in Kyoto to dress like a Geisha and walk the city. Something that is quite common to do for people here.
The golden Temple in the north of Kyoto is only one of the numerous places to visit in Kyoto. You could spend days here and not feel bored at all
The Japanese love any type of charm or good wish that they can use to support their believe in good luck
We are good tourists so we had to give it a chance, too, of course

Nachi-Katsuura to Kyoto

Today and yesterday we had our two rainy days of the tour...

Irago Cape to Nachi-Katsuura

Fujiyoshida to Irago Cape

Kawazu to Fujiyoshida

A beautiful good morning 
The Izu Skyline Road started our ride this morning
No matter how often the Mt. Fuji pops up in front of your eyes, it won't stop to impress you again and again
The German crew Ingrid Peter and Helmut

Tokyo to Kawazu

The welcome briefing - and Paul is here, too
The group of international riders is about to leave Tokyo on the first riding day - an exciting start into the day
Paul and Mary found a special parking lot
Ramen with the thick noodles .... yummy yummy
And here it is - the most famous mountain in Japan
These are Ingrid and Peter from Germany "decorating" Mt. Fuji...
and Ginger and David from Australia.
Sharon from America enjoys the sun and the Izu Skyline.

Sharon says "hi" to Charly in Florida. Charly, when are you going to come?
A typical Japanese starter at dinner.

Arrival in Tokyo

Konichiwa - Hello and welcome back to another tour of Japan.


Having arrived two days prior to the tour start, I find myself back in the biggest town on earth. Sharing the pier for a picture with not as many Japanese people as one might expect, Tokyo does not at all feel like a crowded place from here.

Preparing a tour here follows completely different structures compared to home. But this is what I love with travelling - getting immersed in a different culture and making it possible to tour it with you.

So I am very much looking forward to meeting the riders this afternoon. See you soon

Looking at Tokyo from the Odaiba quarter
Arriving from Munich, the last thing I was expecting to find on an evening walk in Tokyo was an Oktoberfest
Expect the unexpected - the pretty impressive 18 meter high figure out of the famous animation film
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Susanne Berg
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 18:42

Toller Blog mit herrlichen Bildern. Dankeschön!
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 22:53

Looks fantastic! Team, stay safe and enjoy the days left. Greetings from Slovenia...
Pauli, Harley, Pija, Flo & Danica
Claudia Wenhart
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 17:50

Hello Angela, Vicky and Paul,
looks great your tour in Japan. Have a good time
Angela de Haan
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 17:06

Thanks Claudia, we had a great time.
It was so good that I will be headed out for a second time tomorrow

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 18:21

Hallo Japan-Reisende
Bitte grüsst uns doch den Helmut Kuhnen. Hatten das Vergnügen mit ihm 2012 den Südwesten Indiens auf Royal Enfields zu erkunden. Freuen uns dass er immer noch wohlauf seine vielen Reisen geniesst.
Vielleicht sehen wir uns ja noch in Tokyo lieber Helmut. Wir steigen morgen ins Flugzeug und treffen dann im Laufe des 19. bei „euch“ ein. Weiterhin eine schöne Reise. Gabi und Raine
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 14:24

Hallo Rainer und Gabi, leider reise ich bereits am Freitag ab. Viel Spaß euch beiden auf der Tour. Gruß Helmut
James Gardella
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 16:37

Nice to see the happy smiling faces visiting the "Land of the Rising Sun". With the great scenery, wonderful people and exploring by motorcycle how can you go wrong? I can see Vicky's smiling face in the background and know all of you will have a great time.
Viktoria Neuner
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 23:57

Hi Jim, nice to read your msg Japan is beautiful and exploring it on the bike is even better! Best from Vicky
Nick L
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 13:41

Greetings to Angie and Vicky. Have a wonderful tour and eat for me, please. Watching your progress with envy!
Kisses from the sun blessed (and finally winter-free!) western Alps - Nick
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 13:49

Hi Nick
Great hearing from you. You would definitely make the group complete here
I'll soon be in your area again
Best wishes from Mt. Fuji
Nick L
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 12:35

Look forward to hearing from you, Paul and Vicky when you're all next in my Valley. Enjoy the rest of the tour.
Paul Kustermann
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 15:15

Dear Nick, I was so looking forward to seeing you this summer, but unfortunately I will not be guiding the Grand Alps Tour this year. Instead I will be in Norway und catching some of that fresh and savory northern salmon. Hope you are well...
All the best. Paul
Nick L
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 13:44

How rude of me - I've just noticed Paul's there as well. What a party!
Viktoria Neuner
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 00:03

.... yes, it's just you missing!
Charlie Green
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 19:40

Hello Angela & Sharone
Looks like you guys will have a great trip. Be safe. I'll be in Spain June 6 for Pyrenees Extreme ✌️Charlie
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 13:45

Hey there Charly,
Thank you for your greetings through Sharon We miss you here
Have fun ont the Pyrenees Extreme, this is sure a tour after your taste
Holger Homann
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 07:56

Konnichiwa Angela,
all the best for your tour and have fun!
Jaa ne!
Angela de Haan
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 16:12

Hallo Holger,

Danke, danke Wo bist du gerade unterwegs?

Liebe Grüße, Angela


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