Japan September 2020

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  1. gavo

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    Thread title changed due to unforeseen trip to India in 2019 so now 2020 for Japan.
    Ok the wife and I have decided 4 weeks in Japan.
    I want to see Hokkaido and Okinawa so that covers the North and South.
    We like History, Nature, not a fan of big cities but Tokyo and Kyoto are a must.
    Looking at hiring a bike, does not have to be big but able to cope with 2 people and some luggage.
    Do you take 1 bike from island to island or hire at each point?.
    Any recommendations on must see list?
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  2. VACommuter

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    I haven't rented a bike in Japan but based on riding my own here part of your planning process should involve consideration of the ferry system if you plan on covering a lot of ground. I find it hard to get anywhere quick and cheap in Japan. To get there quick you need to utilize the toll roads and they aren't that cheap. I imagine getting a rented bike to Okinawa by sea would be expensive. Might just be best to rent another bike in Okinawa once you get there. Hokkaido is awesome and you could easily spend a week just seeing the sights and riding the roads there. The seafood markets are top notch. If you can make the trip to Hiroshima it's worth at least a day or two to visit the various sights. Lots of castles, temples, and shrines all over Japan. Shimoda is interesting with lots of hot springs and some excellent curvy mountain roads. Make it down here to Yokosuka and I'll treat you to a beer!
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  3. gavo

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    Thanks for that. I only intended certain areas for the bike mainly to get us into more rural areas. One price i got for ferry was 1 person and bike was about 30000 yen, +/- 5000, over $400 Australian so likely cheaper to rent on the island when arriving. But any and all suggestions welcome.
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    I know from my guided trip (Motoquest) that you will need an international drivers license to rent a bike in Japan. Not hard to get, but do it before you leave. It's a great country for riding. Tough to read road signs.
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  5. Lumberjeff

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    Last year a friend, myself and my wife did a tour in Japan with this company http://www.funridejapan.com/ the wife and I rode two up on a Africa Twin and my buddy rode a V Strom 650. If you are of average size or above bring your own gear.
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    Might go this way, an organized bike for part of the time there. Were Motoquest good, pricey, cheap?, type of bike?
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    How did you like them, well organised?, bike condition?, price, did you pick the route or them?, back roads or Hyway?
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    Lunch today in Tokyo. Ramen, bitches! You’ll love the chow.
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    I thought the Three Island tour of the three Southern Islands was great. Motoquest arranged all very rural lodging and most of the time we were the only "Westerners" . They have a variety of bikes available. My wife rode with me and she really enjoyed the experience. I don't recall the cost but it was not inexpensive, but a great way to see Japan with fun people that can handle the language barriers and know where to go.
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  10. Ppimouss

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    I did a self guided tour with
    https://japanbikerentals.com/ 3years ago
    Australian guy, perfect service.
    he managed the license official translation that was needed.
    I guess what you need depends on the country where your license is issued from
    Great riding (Tokyo -Nagano- Fuji area)
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    The prices for these tours seem a lot as do the Motoquest tours but the self guided tours seem to be a good idea.
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    The tour was great and felt well organised except for maybe one day of it. The bikes that we used were like new. It is expensive but it took a lot of stress out of it. We had rain almost every day and started to take more of the highways at the end of the trip to make better time and get out of the rain a little quicker. It included dinner each night and some of the meals were very nice. Overall I would do it again but would also look into the self guided tours. The tolls will add up fast if you are doing a lot of highway riding. The tours are ran by the owner and it was just the four of us on our trip.
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  13. TETSUHIRO

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    watch out.

    Japan is bigger than you imagined. It may not be possible to visit Hokkaido and Okinawa in a month.

    If you want a rental bike in Japan, “rental819” will help you
    https://www.rental819.com/

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    Change of plans due to unexpected trip to India. Trip now 2020 still Sept but thinking organised tour to see touristy stuff around Tokyo, Kyoto etc then 2 weeks from Osaka on a bike. have been following Blakducks thread https://advrider.com/f/threads/i-planned-a-japan-adv-ride-from-oz-the-outcome.1413380/ and it's helpful so Ive narrowed down the area considerably so will fly in to Tokyo and out of Osaka. seems to be countless things to see.
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    Well covid19 seens to have killed this idea
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  16. 9w6vx

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    Same for me as I was contemplating renting a bike and go solo either in Northern Thailand and Japan this year. All plans are shot down ...... I can only hope to do local trips.
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    Can't even do local trips in Australia atm
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    I hear you mate.
    The local inter state trip i plan will be somewhere close to the late second half of the year.
    At the moment we are still in lockdown till end April (6 weeks all in).
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  19. TETSUHIRO

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    sad... covid19 The same situation in Japan today
    But surely a good future will come
    cheer up
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  20. Mad or Nomad

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    Hey guys, just saw this thread so thought i'd chime in.
    My girlfriend and I are on a RTW trip (left the UK 2.5 years ago). We made it to Japan (caught the ferry from Vladivostok) and were only supposed to stay one month but ended up staying 6 because it's just so frickin incredible!
    Sucks that Covid has affected your trip, but for when everything does free up, I have a fair bit of experience riding there and am more than happy to help if you need anything! So feel free to shoot me any messages :)

    Also, I have written about 20 guides on motorcycling in Japan, things to do, paperwork and a motorcycle travel guide. You might find the info in there helpful. https://www.madornomad.com/guides/asia/japan/
    Anyway, good luck with your trip planning!
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