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This is a collection of various bits of a conversation with a Noisebridger planning a biking vacation of Japan. As such, it is going to be messy. HERE is the original thread in our google group.
The majority of this info is from Rubin Starset of Noisbridge.
Akiba wrote, On 2013-04-18 19:41:
If you're going to cycle, you might want to check out this book. It's out of
print but you can probably get a used version:
Rubin wrote: Thanks for the recommendation! I've sort of looked into that and other books and this is as good of a place as any to list my findings for Google to slurp up…
Harrell - So that particular book focuses on general cycling in Japan and the culture around it. The touring it does touch is geared more leisurely, and doesn't provide any good references or maps for routes. Also a bit dated. ISBN 0-9627458-0-4
10 of the Best Rides) - I'm still waiting for this one to get to me from Japan (I think it would have been smarter if I had it just shipped to where I'm staying in Tokyo. The book contains a range of rides short and long, with maps and other useful information. Bilingual. ISBN 978-4-8085-8533-4
guide for folks who are about to try bike touring for the first time, and also want general advice about doing so in Japan. Sadly the book is a little dated, so many of the sections doesn't seem to be all that helpful anymore, namely communication and dealing with money. Additionally it doesn't talk at all about where to actually go biking in Japan. ISBN 4-7700-1742-1
Two other books that are mildly useful…
slightly useful topography, targeted for car drivers ISBN 978-4398201041
motorcycle tourists. It's sadly all in Japanese, but features icons, most importantly pointing out camp sites and other useful to bicycle tourist things. ISBN 978-4398655318
You will still often need to take the train or bus somewhere (especially in a monsoon.. riding can be dangerous in bad weather):