Climb to Koya-san

Mount Koya, or Koya-san(高野山 800m), is the center of Shingon Buddhism, and one of the most famous sacred sites of Japanese Buddhism. Kukai (774-835) who is widely known as Kobo-daishi is the founder of the Shingon sect.

I went cycling to Mt. Koya from Osaka alone last Sunday. Route 371 was a tough course to Mt. Koya. It was narrow and steep along a valley and I had to get over the Routou Pass(狼頭峠). Mt. Koya had sacred atmosphere and there were many foreign tourists in there. I had a small bento at a convenience store early afternoon, and then I enjoyed downhill of Route 480 to the Kinokawa River. The last difficult pass to Osaka was the Nabetani Pass(鍋谷峠). This touring was unexpectedly hard work for me.

distance 119.58km, average speed 16.0km/h, max speed 58.9km/h, pedal time 7:26:27, duration 9:32:45, gain height 2, 951m.

Totoro Trail and the flying carp

Totoro trail reminds us of 'My Neighbor Totoro', and is very popular among many hikers and cyclists. You can enjoy viewing the flying carp, or koinobori,  in the Ishikawa River and the Yamato River until 5th May.

Ride to Ise

My exercise in April is to move across the Kii Peninsula, or 'ride to Ise'. Yesterday was a nice day to go for a cycling. I left my home at 6:00 in the morning and arrived at Ise Jingu Geku at 17:00. I enjoyed the 175km and 11 hours touring. I was deeply moved with a sense of fulfillment.

Cherry blossoms and my bike


Shimanami Kaido Cycling

I always want to go somewhere far away, somewhere I don't know. So I often go cycling on weekends when I'm tired from work. It's my pleasure now.

On March 10th, I boarded a ferry at night and went to Toyo in Shikoku from Osaka. Next early morning, I started alone to go to the Innoshima Bridge in Onomichi along the Shimanami Kaido cycling road. On the day, I made 190km round trip by road bike from Toyo Port ferry terminal. I returned to the ferry terminal at 8:00 p.m. It was a hard work for 13 hours.

The Shimanami Kaido cycling road is the most famous, popular and beautiful cycling road in Japan. I've heard that half of all cyclists on the road are foreigners.

Happy New Year, 2017!

春の海, written by Kazuyo, my wife. It means "The sea in spring".

Go Cycling

I've been busy throughout the last year, so I couldn't post so many articles.

After London trip in last April, I hurt my heels and couldn't go jogging and long walking.
Yesterday, I went cycling for about 20km in the morning. When I was young, I went jogging along the same route. Of course, I cannot run such a long distance anymore.