This is going out there as an outdoor adventure. Midnight, deep in Gifu, fire, samurai, tradition. Godo-cho, Gifu.
I was heading for the the Itoshiro valley again on the border between Gifu and Fukui prefectures (more here) to
Mt. Norikura (乗鞍) is considered a right of passage for many cyclists in Japan. It’s the highest road in Japan and only bicycles, taxis, and official buses are allowed up.
Fukui prefecture (福井県) seems to be a fairly unexplored region of Japan for cyclists and as a region along the
Friday evening after work I hitched a ride with a friend and his wife to Gokayama (五箇山), a world heritage
Route 19 which runs through the Kiso Valley (木曽谷) from Matsumoto (松本) straight down to Nagoya (名古屋) is a horrible