Japan 2018 Stage 7 – Kōbe to Osaka

Japan 2018 Stage 7 – Kōbe to Osaka
Takoyaki octopus sign.

From Takamatsu we took a ferry to Kōbe. Also on this cruise we could greet one of these weird Japanese mascots. We let you interpret it in the gallery below. However, when we arrived at the port of Kōbe our plan was to cycle to a campsite just a few kilometers outside the city. We used the gpx track which…

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Japan 2018 Stage 6 – Iya Valley to Takamatsu

Japan 2018 Stage 6 – Iya Valley to Takamatsu
Cherry blossom in the Iya Valley.

During the night the Iya Valley showed us its frostily side. This was by far the coldest night of this vacation and even the extra blankets from the staff at the campsite could not warm us up. But the good thing is even these nights end sometime and the sun will show up again. So after we warmed up a…

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Japan 2018 Stage 5 – Kōchi to Iya Valley

Japan 2018 Stage 5 – Kōchi to Iya Valley
Creepy mascot of the aquarium.

We had a rainy rest day in Kōchi, so we decided to do some indoor activities. We went to the Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden. Of course not everything was indoor but there were a lot of opportunities to escape the rain. Also there was plenty of stuff to see and everything was really neat. We learned a lot about…

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Japan 2018 Stage 4 – Shimanto to Kōchi

Japan 2018 Stage 4 – Shimanto to Kōchi
Tiny bird seen from the "bird watching spot" in the Nature center in the Shimanto area.

On our rest day before stage four we explored the Shimanto area. The first stop was the "Nature Center". The staff was really surprised when we entered the building. Maybe at this time of the year you don't see many people around here - especially not from Europe. But they were very friendly and offered us tea and cookies. The…

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Japan 2018 Stage 3 – Akehamacho Takayama to Shimanto

Japan 2018 Stage 3 – Akehamacho Takayama to Shimanto
Yusuhara river on our way toShimanto Autocamping Field Welcome.

Also the day before this stage we had a rest day. So we took it easy and cycled a few kilometer along the coast to Akehamacho Takayama. There we bought some food and drinks in the local store for the next stage. We took a little walk through the village and went to the beach right in front of our…

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Japan 2018 Stage 2 – Matsuyama to Akehamacho Takayama

Japan 2018 Stage 2 – Matsuyama to Akehamacho Takayama
View over Matsuyama city.

The day before this tour was a rest day. So of course we had to explore Matsuyama. So we left almost all our stuff on the mountain where we camped and took the bikes to go down to the city. On our way we had a delicious breakfast in a Yoshinoya. This is a typical japanese fast food restaurant. Afterwards…

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Japan 2018 Stage 1 – Yawatahama to Matsuyama

Japan 2018 Stage 1 – Yawatahama to Matsuyama
Ehime camping ground - our home base.

Before we started our tour we travelled along Japan. We rent our bicycles in Osaka and took them via train to Beppu, where we stayed a view days. Then we took the ferry from Beppu to Yawatahama to start our tour. Due to the late departure of the ferry, it was almost noon till we started from the port in…

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