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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kyoto Shichijo Bike Lane Extension

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Kyoto is quietly adding to its still small network of bicycle lanes.

Shichijo Dori (7th Street), a wide boulevard south of downtown, has had a "lane" for many years.

In the photo at right, it can be seen. It is so narrow in places that one bike can just squeeze through.

As a result, most ignore it and ride a la Kyoto style - on the sidewalk - in the "pedestrian" zone.

New construction though is widening it in places and installing a proper barrier.

A photo of the still under construction lane can be seen below.

It looks quite similar to Gojo (Fifth Street), which has also had a barrier installed.


Shichijo bike lane©

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cycling Kyoto Garden Haradani-en


In the hills above Ninnaji Temple is one of Kyoto's most beautiful gardens.

Haradani-en is also one of the city's newer gardens, having been planted from 1956.

Haradani-en is moreover packed with tourists during the cherry viewing season.

And boy do the buses and taxis ferry in the tourists.

As it is higher in elevation than Ninnaji and most of Kyoto, it offers a second chance at seeing the blossoms.

In addition, the garden has many species of other flowering bushes. There are also plum trees (mid- to late-February), Japanese maples (early November), so those times of year are also busy.

It is best known though for its huge collection of 24 species of cherry trees.

If at all possible, get there before opening.


Admission is a steep 1200 yen. The ride is a steep uphill 2 km up from Ninnaji.
Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
Tel: 075 492 1963


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

World Cycling News 13 April 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cycling Awajishima Island

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A bit more than an hour from Kyoto is Awajishima Island, the largest of the many islands that dot the Inland Sea.

The island is a roughly 154 km (95 miles) loop, on roads that mostly hug the coast.

Getting there requires bagging your bike, riding the train to JR Akashi Station - about 55 minutes on the Shin Kaisoku express from Kyoto Station - and taking the Jenova ferry from Akashi.

The ferry deposits you after about 15 minutes in Iwaya.

Follow routes 28 - 76 - 25 to the bottom of the island, at Fukura. This is a good place to spend the night.

Large hills - you will be pushing your bike up for a while, then flying down for 60 harrowing seconds or so - beautiful coastal vistas, and more await.

Day 2 continues along the coast, the Seto Inland Sea coast, back up to Iwaya.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kyoto Sanga Soccer Update April 2014

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Sanga broke our hearts last fall, for the umpteenth time.

For the second year in a row, the J2 team finished in third place in the regular season.

Kyoto did not make it to J2 - the top two teams gain promotion to the J1 - thus, we are grinding away once again in J2.

In the past there was a distinct class system to the two leagues: big city teams were in J1, smaller city or rural teams in J2.

No longer.

Kyoto is now in J2 with Sapporo, Jubilo Iwata, Fukuoka, Tokyo Verdy, Yokohama FC, and JEF United.

After six matches, Kyoto is tied for third place - one position outside the automatic promotion zone - with 11 points (three other teams also have 11 points but a smaller difference in goals scored versus scored against). The team has won three times, including this past weekend. Shonan is in first place, Jubilo in second.

It's a long season, it's a long season.

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Cycling for home games at Nishikyogoku is a flat and easy 20 minutes from central Kyoto and parking is free and readily available.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

World Cycling News 6 April 2014

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Photos: A Damp Spin Through Brooklyn New York Times

Sir Bradley Wiggins to replace Ian Stannard in Tour of Flanders BBC

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Japanese Solar Calendar Seimei Period


According to the pre-Gregorian calendar used in Japan, April 5 is the beginning of "Seimei" (bright and clear).

It follows "Keichitsu" (啓蟄) - when hibernated insects begin to awake.

Seimei is one of the 24 periods that make up the year in the solar calendar. Swallows are said to return in this period.

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom for most varieties around April 1 (not though for the Omuro Zakura, at Ninnaji Temple, which always come out 2-3 weeks later).

Today is a glorious day in Kyoto, and the cherries are just about perfect.

To welcome the season, we will be cycling Awajishima Island this weekend.

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