I’m sure for anyone starting their cycling tour there is a big count down until the day they leave. For us, we had the idea for our trip around three years before we set off, we hosted numerous touring cyclists in Hokkaido, gathering lots of useful information, and we did a few smaller trips in Japan before the big off. Now it is a whole year on since we said goodbye to our apartment in Iwamizawa and our friends we had many fun adventures with in Japan. And what a year it’s been. There have been so many amazing experiences leading to it being one of the best years, but also one of the worst years with losing my Dad. With great loss it can put life in perspective, to try and live every day and make the most of this one opportunity we have. I have tried as best I could to do this.
October 7th – 15th Cape Sata to Fukuoka 457km
From the Southernmost point in Japan, we could only go north. We had initially thought we might try to get out to the westernmost point, in Nagasaki prefecture, but we didn’t really have the time to do it comfortably. So instead we decided to meander our way along the south western coast and island hop up towards our final stop in Japan, Fukuoka.
October 2nd – 6th Saiki to Cape Sata 373km
At the end of the last blog post, we were singing the praises of Shikoku. But, I’m afraid after the past week in Kyushu, it has now been relegated to third place in the list of our favourite Japanese islands! (Hokkaido will always be number one, obviously.)
September 27th – October 1st Ikumi to Sukumo 288km
From Tomoya’s place in Ikumi, we didn’t have far to go to get to Muroto Cape, a large rocky outcrop sticking out from the south eastern corner of Shikoku. It rained through the night and into the morning. We felt maybe a little guilty when Tomoya, Adrian and Clara went out to work in the greenhouses while we stayed in the farmhouse waiting for the rain to clear, but it was nice to stay dry!
September 22nd – 26th. Tokyo to Ikumi, Kochi Prefecture 187km
Three weeks off. We’re back. Our trip to the UK was busy, lots of driving around seeing friends and family, and lots of eating and drinking. Although it was sad to say goodbye again and to leave the home comforts, its exciting to get back to Japan and continue the adventure.