Japan cycling blog

From 10th August 2015 to 21 August 2015, I will be cycling 550km, from Tokyo to Hyogo, to raise money for Child Chemo House, a charity in Hyogo that helps children with Cancer.

Head over to this page each day to see updates of my cycle, along with photos.

Don’t forget to also like my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/samarbarakat2

Day 1

Koganei, Tokyo to Atsugi, Kanagawa- 36km

First day of cycling, 36km, took me from Koganei, Tokyo, to Atsugi, Kanagawa. The last half of the cycle consisted of a few hills, but apart from that it seemed to be quite nice and flat. Alongside experiences issues at the start, with my bag being the wrong shape for my bicycle, the only issue I encountered was regarding the weather. Although I may be from the cold, rainy UK, the rain slowed me down quite a bit. Alongside it being heavy at times, the main problem I found was that, although the temperature is 30+ degrees Celsius, it felt slightly on the cold side (nothing like when it’s rainy and cold in the UK though).
With the first day of 36km ended, I have another 11 days left, with another 500+km to go,
Here are some of my photos from the cycle.

A photo of my bicycle in the, not so nice, Japanese weather.

Although the road conditions are fabulous (flat, smooth and reasonably empty), the weather wasn’t in my favour today.

An interesting wind bell (think that’s what it’s called?) that I came across. Seems to be made out of a drinking can.

An interesting wind bell (think that’s what it’s called?) that I came across. Seems to be made out of a drinking can.

A photo of when the weather was a bit nicer, with the view of hills/mountains in the distancde

A photo of my bicycle with an interesting scenery of mountains/hills in the background.

 

Photo of myself cycling across Tama Lake. Sadly I was unable to find the main bridge that is only for cyclists and pedestrians (it's much prettier than the one I cycled on) but this one was also nice cycling across.

Photo of myself cycling across Tama Lake. Sadly I was unable to find the main bridge that is only for cyclists and pedestrians (it’s much prettier than the one I cycled on) but this one was also nice cycling across.

A photo of one of the bridges that I cycled across. I love the architecture of bridges here in Japan. They look so nice!

An interesting statue I came across. In Japan they have a lot of statues, with some roads having statues every 5 or 10 metres.

A photo of me having just arrived at my hotel. Sadly the weather wasn’t in my favour- was tricky, especially when reaching the closest train station to my hotel and having to cycle around slowly to find the hotel.

close up of one of the statues,

Painting on a shutter of a shop.

An interesting set of tiles I saw which say on it: 川をきれいに, pronounced kawa o ki re i ni, which means clean the river.

Interesting statues that I came across

Interesting statues that I came across

 

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