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
Mizunami – Tatsuno – the Akiba Highway Sometimes rides don’t go according to plan. This trip was certainly one of them.
It’s no secret among cyclists in Japan that Mt. Norikura (乗鞍岳) is the highest road passable by bicycle in the country. Some call it the Japanese Alpe d’Huez but I think comparing mountains is somewhat silly.
The good thing about living in central Japan is that you are only a few hours away from the Japanese
More from Mt. Ontake. I’m really looking forward to hiking up in winter and exploring the nearby villages a lot
Photos taken on the climb up Mt. Norikura, bordering Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan. I don’t cycle up it
Gifu prefecture is a great place for cycling and since taking along my film camera on most rides I’ve started