I proceed my 2021 Autumn tour in Kyushu, southern Japan.
Morning skies in Nagasaki prefecture flip gray and I must put my jacket liner in. It’s Saturday and some bikes are out.
I’m going to Unzen which is a large volcano with many motorcycling roads nevertheless immediately it’s chilly and beginning to spit rain so I make for my resort.
I’m staying in Obama, an onsen city the place steam from sizzling springs pours out of the gutters however tonight it’s rain. Good climate for this good primitivo I discovered with some tasty meals.
Subsequent morning I again monitor to a hidden temple I found yesterday. Come for a stroll inside…
A peaceable spot to sit down and watch the stream rise from beneath.
Driving south on sweeping roads the terraced farms on this volcano remind me slightly of Mt Etna in Sicily.
I arrive early for the ferry to Amakusa however immediately it’s not busy regardless of the fantastic climate.
Amakusa is my favorite a part of Japan. I’m exploring the “previous highway” down the west coast which sees little visitors now.
The surroundings and driving is so good right here my thoughts has no selection however to relent from revisiting each dumb factor in my previous and let me simply be within the now, relaxed.
There’s a view level on high of that hill (above proper) however the highway up is beneath restore at current. Nonetheless this has been very good.
Images interlude: I switched from utilizing Jpeg to HEIC file format in my iPhone this journey since 16 bit color needs to be superior however I notice sweep panoramas, the format of 90% of the photographs I take utilizing a cellphone usually have processing errors utilizing this format.
I’ve two extra viewpoints in my GPS however don’t wish to rush something so I go away them for once I subsequent go to giving me time to chill out after which take one other ferry south.
Upon disembarking at Nagashima I’m going in search of a hidden viewpoint. I do know it exists however there are not any roads in GPS.
A bit exploring farm laneways and I arrive at Completely satisfied Level.
A automotive arrives and a lady offers me two regionally grown mandarins and desires me a secure journey. In case you solely go to Tokyo or Kyoto you haven’t skilled Japan.
Leaving Nagashima island a rider crashes a number of moments forward. He and two companions took off at a fast tempo. Subsequent nook had some unfastened stones scattered, not sufficient to make a motorbike slide, I feel he panicked and hit brake thus ran large.
One optimistic of the Covid years has been driving solely in Japan for 20 months allowed me to really grasp the sluggish journey and I used a Covid money incentive to replace all my gear. This was large crash with no gear, rider remained immobile, hope he was alright.
I’m staying two nights close to Nagashima to discover the realm slightly extra.
I’m blessed with one other fantastic day and after some beautifully surveyed roads on Nagashima I attain a small ferry port. Forward lies Shishi island, my concept is attain the highest to see the vista that may supply.
Presently it might seem solely locals go to Shishi island, the cafe and customer information is closed however they’ve constructed this pretty new view deck.
Now it’s time to discover a approach up the mountain. Very slim, steep two wheel monitor with mulch however beneath is sealed. I discover sitting low on the FJR useful to have toes on floor in locations the place I must crawl over/previous one thing. Unsure I’d do that on a GS sitting approach up excessive.
Who Dares Wins.
On high is a small shrine and a spotlessly clear bathroom and couple of benches beneath a shady tree with a view throughout to Amakusa. I get pleasure from lunch then resolve I’m going to sit down up right here and luxuriate in this for remainder of day. Perhaps get a number of issues clear in my head or simply benefit from the silence.
It’s so peaceable up right here. I resolve this small shrine shall be my last resting place someday.
I’m going east immediately, I really feel slightly unhappy to be leaving the islands of Nagasaki prefecture nevertheless it’s a pleasant day for driving and I’m quickly on pleasant sweeping roads which I’ve added to my map of greatest bike rides in Japan.
It is a previous energy station that was submerged in later flood management engineering. At current the water is roofed in water lily or comparable creating this scene.
From right here I journey via Kirishima nationwide park that skirts Mt Takachiho, an lively volcano. I anticipated autumn leaves nevertheless the whole lot continues to be inexperienced.
Exceptionally good roads however unattainable to picture. This by way of Google maps is greatest I can present.
No autumn leaves means no automobiles or crowds, and that’s all the time pleasing.
North East from right here I get pleasure from a collection of mountain roads however sooner or later notice I’m solely car and see indicators that no one has handed right here for awhile. I do know what’s developing subsequent.
All of the routes listed here are closed because of land slips. Guess who didn’t verify the map final evening…
I detour south and round. That is the place I’d like a second navigation show whereas driving as Garmin’s are poor at detour calculation.
Nonetheless the roads stay very pleasing and I arrive to my last view spot slightly later than deliberate however with fantastic gentle.
Hope you might be having fun with to see Kyushu in such good climate as a lot as I’m. I’ll proceed this journey report shortly.