ROad trip on a cycle has become a yearly ritual. After completing Tokyo to Kyoto cycling trip in 2020, I couldn't stop myself this year to again be on the amazing roads of Japan, taking me to places and experiencing the beautiful landscape and beauty of nature Japan has to offer.
So this year we took our cycles, along with my partner to Karuizawa. Our intial plan was to start cycling from Tokyo over a two day trip till Karuizawa. However, the unpredictable weather didn't allow us to leave on the initial day. So we made a spontaneous plan to leave on the next day.
On left on the 19th of Spetember on a sunday morning from Tokyo station and took the Shinkansen to Karuizawa, packing our two cycles in a bag. I love this about Japan, the access to places is just effortless. Shinkansen train from Tokyo to Karuizawa takes only 1.5 hour.
Day 1 at Karuiza
We cycled aound the town and found some really nice cafes with vintage interios. Few of he images from that are shown below.
Day 2 Karuizawa
Started our day at the hotel and found this super interesting cafe int he woods, which was one of most unique cafe. The cafe owner had created a unique experience in the backyard garden by creating wooden minitature of people and for visitors to find them by a set of binoculars.
Part 1 - return by cycle till Honjo
We cyled from Karuizawa from Honjo (Saitama) for about 70km, which took around roughly 5 hours, with multiple pit spots and resting.
Part 2 - return to Tokyo
Last part of the trip was again simple, since we found a direct train from Honjo to Tokyo and we made it to Shinjuku in 2 hours.
I feel cycling in Japan is such a wonderful activty and I feel everyone should try exploring this beautifuk country on two wheels. Until next year..