When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Touch device users, explore by touch or with swipe gestures.

Web Pixer

13 Pins
 1y
Similar ideas popular now
Japan
Wakayama
Tokushima
Watch out Shimanami-Kaido there is now a new blue lineto follow and a rival destination for those wanting to experience cycling in Japan!  With approximately 800 kilometres (hence the name) of glorious cycling paths to explore the Wakayama 800 won't disappoint. Whether you are new to cycling or an experienced cyclist then the Wakayama 800 has a route to suit your abilities. For the beginner there is a nice 60km one-way ride along the Kino River from Wakayama to Hashimoto. The path follows the river basin but there is a gradual climb towards Hashimoto. Alternatively the Arida River course at 97km or Coastal course at 76km both starting in Arida town are well suited to those without a lot of cycling experience but good levels of fitness.  A Summer's evening in Shirahama  For those more adventurous and the more serious cyclists then there are a number of nice climbs in the prefecture. There is the 78km Hashimoto to Kainan route which takesin the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site at Mount Koya along the way to a peak elevation of 830 metres. The steepest gradient here is over 16% so suitable gear ratios are recommended.  Entrance to Koya-san  Koya-san isn't the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Wakayama. Running across the southern end of the prefecture is the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kumano Kodo. Here there are a number of different routes to explore. The Nachi Falls Hill Climb route is only 29km and is only estimated to take 2 to 3 hours to complete but the challenge lies in the fact the first 17km are uphill before reaching an elevation of 560 metres and the picturesque Nachi Falls the imageof which is now synonymous with Kumano Kodo.  In total there are 17 different recommended routes across the area being promoted by the Wakayama Prefectural Government. With its diverse sceneryand landmarks the beauty of Wakayama is nothing new but the investment and efforts into promoting cycling in the region is. These efforts have seen collaboration with local businesses to provide improved cycling-friendly facilities. The Wakayama 800 logo can now be found at hotels cafes and restaurants across the region including the Marriot Hotel at Nanki-Shirahama.  Wakayama 800 Facilities at the Marriot  Furthermore the introduction of a Mobile Stamp Rally in which riders can collect electronic stamps at points of interest is also underway. The top prize for one lucky winner who completes all of the courses and collects all of the electronic stamps by March 24th 2019 is a top of the range Trek Road Bike.All information is in Japanese only.  Mobile Stamp Rally at Arida   Promotional efforts have also seen former Tour de France Giro D'Italia and Vuelta champion Alberto Contador stretching his legs whilst taking in the delights of the Wakayama 800.  Similar efforts and investment are now becoming more common across Japan as Prefectural Governments and Tourist Boards are waking up to the potential that cycle tourism can bring. Neighbouring prefectures Nara Kyoto and Osaka are all working on improving cycling infrastructure and facilities which will help connect the whole Kansai region. The bar has been set high with the Wakayama 800 but add a ride in the ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto to the mix and you have a cycling adventure that will rival with anywhere in the world.  More information about the routes and the Wakayama area can be found athttp://wave.pref.wakayama.lg.jp/cycling/ Marriot Hotel, Cycling Adventures, Tourist Board, River Basin, Hill Climb, New Blue, Unesco World Heritage Site, Pilgrimage
Watch out Shimanami-Kaido there is now a new blue lineto follow and a rival destination for those wanting to experience cycling in Japan! With approximately 800 kilometres (hence the name) of glorious cycling paths to explore the Wakayama 800 won't disappoint. Whether you are new to cycling or an experienced cyclist then the Wakayama 800 has a route to suit your abilities. For the beginner there is a nice 60km one-way ride along the Kino River from Wakayama to Hashimoto. The path follows the river basin but there is a gradual climb towards Hashimoto. Alternatively the Arida River course at 97km or Coastal course at 76km both starting in Arida town are well suited to those without a lot of cycling experience but good levels of fitness. A Summer's evening in Shirahama For those more adventurous and the more serious cyclists then there are a number of nice climbs in the prefecture. There is the 78km Hashimoto to Kainan route which takesin the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site at Mount Koya along the way to a peak elevation of 830 metres. The steepest gradient here is over 16% so suitable gear ratios are recommended. Entrance to Koya-san Koya-san isn't the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Wakayama. Running across the southern end of the prefecture is the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kumano Kodo. Here there are a number of different routes to explore. The Nachi Falls Hill Climb route is only 29km and is only estimated to take 2 to 3 hours to complete but the challenge lies in the fact the first 17km are uphill before reaching an elevation of 560 metres and the picturesque Nachi Falls the imageof which is now synonymous with Kumano Kodo. In total there are 17 different recommended routes across the area being promoted by the Wakayama Prefectural Government. With its diverse sceneryand landmarks the beauty of Wakayama is nothing new but the investment and efforts into promoting cycling in the region is. These efforts have seen collaboration with local businesses to provide improved cycling-friendly facilities. The Wakayama 800 logo can now be found at hotels cafes and restaurants across the region including the Marriot Hotel at Nanki-Shirahama. Wakayama 800 Facilities at the Marriot Furthermore the introduction of a Mobile Stamp Rally in which riders can collect electronic stamps at points of interest is also underway. The top prize for one lucky winner who completes all of the courses and collects all of the electronic stamps by March 24th 2019 is a top of the range Trek Road Bike.All information is in Japanese only. Mobile Stamp Rally at Arida Promotional efforts have also seen former Tour de France Giro D'Italia and Vuelta champion Alberto Contador stretching his legs whilst taking in the delights of the Wakayama 800. Similar efforts and investment are now becoming more common across Japan as Prefectural Governments and Tourist Boards are waking up to the potential that cycle tourism can bring. Neighbouring prefectures Nara Kyoto and Osaka are all working on improving cycling infrastructure and facilities which will help connect the whole Kansai region. The bar has been set high with the Wakayama 800 but add a ride in the ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto to the mix and you have a cycling adventure that will rival with anywhere in the world. More information about the routes and the Wakayama area can be found athttp://wave.pref.wakayama.lg.jp/cycling/
Hi Globalwheelers! Yes it's just about Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) time depending on where you are in Japan. It is one of the most magical times in Japan and here is our quick guide on how to enjoy a hanami with friends family alone or with strangers! 1. Check the blooming forecast! Depending on the location in Japan the Sakura (cherry blossoms) bloom at different times so be sure to check a forecast. Sakura bloom first in Okinawa and then pass through the middle of Japan in March and April and then head north to Hokkaido. The forecasts in Japan are usually very accurate and will often note the time of first bloom and also the forecasted full-bloom (mankai / 満開). See below of an example forecast: http://ift.tt/103ssUf  Image credit: Sakura weather map 2. Get in early! Hanami and the cherry blossoms are just as popular with the locals as with the thousands of foreign tourists of flock to Japan to get a glimpse. This means the best picnic spots are prized bits of turf so we recommendgetting in early in the day and claiming your spot with tarpaulin blankets or bodies!   3. Garbage bags are a must! Yes we realise barbecuing drinking eating talking and generally enjoying your self under the cherry blossoms is amazing but please remember to bring some garbage bags to clean up rubbish before you leave. So as the dust settles and the beer cans and wine bottles start to empty get the cleaning team together and start to clear the mess before heading off the the next party!   4. Check if booze is OK! Although most parks in Japan allow alcohol consumption there are some parks and gardens where food and drink is forbidden. If you can't speak Japanese or don't have any local friends maybe see what everyone else is doing before cracking that beer on the monk's sacred bit of lawn!   5. Gather a group and go! The best way to enjoy a Hanami party is to gather some friends and head for the cheery blossoms! There are always places you can sit under the beautiful blooms enjoy some food and drink and just generally enjoy one of the most celebrated times in the Japanese calendar. Enjoy the festivities!   Image credit: misstravelosopher.com From your friends at Globalwheels Tokyo Travel, Hawaii Travel, Ueno Park, Road Trip Adventure, Web Magazine, Travel Alone, Ireland Travel, London England
Hi Globalwheelers! Yes it's just about Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) time depending on where you are in Japan. It is one of the most magical times in Japan and here is our quick guide on how to enjoy a hanami with friends family alone or with strangers! 1. Check the blooming forecast! Depending on the location in Japan the Sakura (cherry blossoms) bloom at different times so be sure to check a forecast. Sakura bloom first in Okinawa and then pass through the middle of Japan in March and April and then head north to Hokkaido. The forecasts in Japan are usually very accurate and will often note the time of first bloom and also the forecasted full-bloom (mankai / 満開). See below of an example forecast: http://ift.tt/103ssUf Image credit: Sakura weather map 2. Get in early! Hanami and the cherry blossoms are just as popular with the locals as with the thousands of foreign tourists of flock to Japan to get a glimpse. This means the best picnic spots are prized bits of turf so we recommendgetting in early in the day and claiming your spot with tarpaulin blankets or bodies! 3. Garbage bags are a must! Yes we realise barbecuing drinking eating talking and generally enjoying your self under the cherry blossoms is amazing but please remember to bring some garbage bags to clean up rubbish before you leave. So as the dust settles and the beer cans and wine bottles start to empty get the cleaning team together and start to clear the mess before heading off the the next party! 4. Check if booze is OK! Although most parks in Japan allow alcohol consumption there are some parks and gardens where food and drink is forbidden. If you can't speak Japanese or don't have any local friends maybe see what everyone else is doing before cracking that beer on the monk's sacred bit of lawn! 5. Gather a group and go! The best way to enjoy a Hanami party is to gather some friends and head for the cheery blossoms! There are always places you can sit under the beautiful blooms enjoy some food and drink and just generally enjoy one of the most celebrated times in the Japanese calendar. Enjoy the festivities! Image credit: misstravelosopher.com From your friends at Globalwheels
The International Villas in Okayama offer are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's actually a good thing that the WIFI is intermittent at the best of times so you can lose yourself in the surroundings and contemplate what's really important in your life without distraction.  Hattoji Villa located in the mountains in the Bizen region of Okayama is really one of those places where a deep breath of clean country air can cleanse your mind and reinvigorate your soul. Away from the usual tourist trails and set in the wilderness Hattoji offers the perfect setting for exploringthe countryside of Japan. Trekking Cycling and Sightseeing can all be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. There's no need to rush! The only difficult things you need be concerned with is how to get the Irori (Traditional Japanese Fireplace/BBQ) burning and the steep last 5km on the way there (Elevation: 400metres).   The same soothing atmosphere can be found at the International Villa on the Shiraishi Island located in the Inland Sea of Japan. Easily accessible from Kasaoka Port Shiraishi Island provides another great escape. It's only 10km in circumference so there are no epic rides to be had but for those on longer tours in the area Shiraishi is a beautiful spot to rest and soak up some island life. Highly recommended!   For more info on the International VillasCLICK HERE    Check out Okayama's International Villas here. Irori, Sea Of Japan, Okayama, Hidden Treasures, Deep Breath, Steep, Bustle, Traditional Japanese, Island Life