Sasebo – Romancing the Port Town

Fishing Ships and more! Sasebo (佐世保) is the second largest port city in the Nagasaki area, and also home to some romantic scenery via the colours of the sunset and harbour views. It is also...

Gunkanjima – The Lost Island of Mining

The Isle of Concrete Ruin Gunkanjima (軍艦島 aka Hashima island), also know as 'Battleship Island' for its resemblance to a naval warship, is a historically significant island from Japan's industrialization period. Located about 15km just...

Nagasaki – The Historical Cosmopolitan Metropolis

The City of Old Nagasaki is a city with a lot of historical significance, from its European influence and its war-torn memories, it has many stories to tell. From the 16th to 19th centuries it...

Journey in Japan Part 16: Grandiose Encounters of the Third Class

I went a few days without any Internet connection so couldn’t post anything. Here are the last three days in summary: Friday – Fukuoka Today I met a German guy called Klaus. It is his very...

Journey in Japan Part 15: Towering Above the Rest

The day starts with a ¥1,000 haircut. This is actually quite cheap for a haircut. I am a little worried about asking for it in Japanese, but the barber understands what I want, and actually does...

Journey in Japan Part 14: Ainoshima Cat Island

With muscles loose thanks to a wonderful massage, I decide to really test my body. My destination today is Ainoshima Cat Island, via Shima Ferry Port. “You’re cycling to Shima?” A confused staff member...

Journey in Japan Part 13: Canal City, a wedding, a Japanese massage

Today is Marine Day, but nobody let me know. The purpose of this public holiday is to thank the ocean for all the fish. Stock markets are closed, so are some shops. The weather is...

Journey in Japan Part 12: Udon in (three-hundred and) Sixty Seconds

With the sun directly above me, there is nowhere to hide from the heat. I knew it was going to be hot; the seat on my bright yellow bicycle was already on fire when...

Journey in Japan Part 11: Bike to the Fuchsia

A cloudy day, but hot, with a cool breeze. The perfect day to cycle. Today I have a lot of motivation. My first stop is a small park on the way to yesterday’s failed...

Journey in Japan Part 10: Rice and Shime

I wake up at 11 am. Today I head to a place called Dazaifu. It is about fifteen kilometres away. I cycle in a straight line in its general direction. At one speed it should take...