Hiro and I are back from 6 days or so biking around central Japan.
From Tokyo - Nagano - Renge Onsen - Noto Hanto - Kanazawa - Aikura (Gokkayama) - Shirakawago - Takayama - Matsumoto - Tokyo. Six days, 1300km, 9 prefectures.
Most of the places we went were new to me and out of the ordinary for Hiro - his business trips usually take him to major urban centres or rural Kyushu, Tohoku or Hokkaido.
This is our approximate route. We used expressways from Tokyo to Nagano and from Matsumoto to Tokyo, otherwise we used mountain roads. You can get some idea of the terrain from the map at the bottom - lots of mountains!