Cycle around Japan : Riding with the wind in Toyama

This time we visit Toyama Prefecture in the Hokuriku region. Toyama is about 2 hours from Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen. Bordered by the Sea of Japan to the north and the 3,000-meter Tateyama mountains to the south, this has been a fertile and prosperous area since ancient times. We’ll climb into the deep mountains to…

Shirakawa-go

Ogimachi (荻町) is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. The farmhouses are quite amazing structures, designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place…

9th Station : 小田原 Odawara

Art by Ando Hiroshige “Odawara-juku”, Kyoka Edition Odawara-juku (小田原宿 Odawara-juku?) was the ninth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. It was the first post station in a castle town that travelers came to when they exited Edo  in Edo period Japan.Odawara-juku was established…

8th Station : 大磯 Oiso

Art by Ando Hiroshige, “Oiso”, Kyoka Edition Ōiso-juku (大磯宿 Ōiso-juku?) was the eighth of the fifty-three stations (shukuba) of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day town of Ōiso, located in Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture.Ōiso-juku was established in 1601, along with the other original post stations along the Tōkaidō, by Tokugawa Ieyasu. In 1604,…

Cycle around Japan : From Tokyo to Izu-Oshima

Starting from Tokyo we journey to the popular towns of Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone. Our final destination will be Izu-Oshima, a volcanic island under the administration of Tokyo. Izu-Oshima is located about 100 kilometers south of the metropolitan Tokyo. The island is a popular tourist destination, especially for those in Tokyo seeking a cycle ride….

7th Station : 平塚 Hiratsuka

Art by Ando Hiroshige, “Hiratsuka on the Tokaido, Kyoka Edition Hiratsuka-juku (平塚宿 Hiratsuka-juku?) was the seventh of the fifty-three stations (shukuba) of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Hiratsuka-juku was first established in 1601, at the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu.In 1651, though, it merged with part of the…

Cycle Around Japan : A journey through Noto Peninsula

In this episode of CYCLE AROUND JAPAN by NHK, we will take you to a spring journey of Noto Peninsula. The Noto Peninsula makes up the northern half of Ishikawa Prefecture, extending about 100 kilometers into the Sea of Japan. The peninsula is known for its coastal scenery, particularly along the Okunoto coast, as well…

Cycle Around Japan : A Journey through Boso Peninsula

In this new episode of CYCLE AROUND JAPAN by NHK, we will recommend a journey that you may start cycling as soon as you arrived at Japan. Our destination of this episode is Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. Chiba Prefecture is located directly east of Tokyo. A large part of the prefecture is made up…