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YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORT(13 posts)

YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:19 AM
I live in Yokosuka Japan, a city of about 500,000 located next to Yokohama (5 Million) which is next to Tokyo (millions and millions). Most of my rides are urban. Japan is a great place to live but things take getting used too. I took these on a recent morning ride.

This is my Trek 715 parked on a two way street. There are many sharp curves and you use these mirrors to see around the other side of the curve.
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:21 AM
This is typical Yokosuka, houses and bulidings in every space you can fit them
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:23 AM
This is one of my favorite training hills. It is truly amazing how houses can be built on these steep inclines.
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:24 AM
Close up
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:26 AM
During my ride home, I was treated to a sunset view of Fuji-san. During the summer you can't see Fuji due to smog and humidity. It is snow covered and beautiful and makes the ride worth it all.
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:29 AM
The water in the picture is Tokyo Bay and you are facing Tokyo. There is a great straight away that runs along the bay and a sweet place to ride
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:30 AM
Some Local fisherman casting a line into Tokyo Bay
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:31 AM
Yes they are everywhere, this one has two floors!
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 4:33 AM
This is what my typical ride looks like, but those few times I spot Fuji-san make this an experience I won't ever forget. Hope you enjoy. Geocyclist, hope this helps the time go a little faster.
Nice reportGeoCyclist
Jan 19, 2004 9:04 AM
Man, you guys are killing me! I spent three months at home and no one else posts ride reports from Japan. Less than two weeks after I leave, three Japanese ride report posts. It's great to see a ride report, just not when it's so close to home!

Just kidding with you, I appreciate the pic's especially the one of Fuji-san. I can't wait to see that mountain go flying by when I'm sitting on the Shinkansan heading South.

You should be answering all the questions about cycling in Japanese traffic. I've been up to Yokosuka once to visit a friend, and it had never crossed my mind to cycle around there. You have some serious dedication to your sport!!! If you're ever heading down to Iwakuni I can show you some great Japanese country cycling!

Ride On!
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTtmotz
Jan 19, 2004 10:03 AM
How do the Japanese view bicycling?
Do alot of them use bikes for basic transportation like the Chinese do?
Are their bikes paths?

Just wondering.
Thank You
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTfredstaple
Jan 19, 2004 3:11 PM
There are loads of people on bicycles, however, the bulk of them are riding the basic one speed Japanese bike and they are riding on the sidewalk. Because there are so many bikes, motorists are generally very aware of the bicycles, however, the expectation is that bikes belong on the sidewalk, not the street. When riding on the street the cars generally give you plenty of room. My biggest worry is cars parked along the street, there are very few parking lots so people just pull to the side of the street to park whether there is room or not so you have to really watch out for door opening in front of you.

Japan is a great place to ride, especially if you can get out to the open areas.
re: YOKOSUKA JAPAN RIDE REPORTtigermilk
Jan 19, 2004 3:56 PM
Thanks for the pics. I love Japan. Been there 4 times in the last 2 years for work and go back again for a few weeks next month. Always go to the Tsukuba area. I've seen maybe a dozen road bikes in all the time I've spent there, with the highest concentration in Kamakura. Seems like you'd have to have some bravery to ride on some of the tighter roads.