A 19-day adventure by Bodo
  • Day19

    Tokyo: Everything has an End

    September 29, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Dimantled my bike again and took a bus to Narita Airport. I bought two boxes and taped it together so that they are big enough for my bike. The boxes cost me 13€ but it was very soft, i think they only give little protection. I then wrap the box with a plastic foil. It didn't look so good but that was the best that i could do.

    Ok time to check in. Time to go home.
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  • Day17

    Tokyo: Night at the Internet Cafe

    September 27, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    I arrived to Tokyo and immediately placed the two bike bags inside a locker. I reassembled partly the bike, basically just reattached both wheels lock it by a bicycle parking area.
    I walked around Tokyo station and remembered the first time i was there, waiting for Kei. It felt like a long time ago.
    I went to Shinjuku area again and decided to look around. So many people, so crowded. I the went to an internet cafe and booked a private room for 8 hours. It was not comfortable to sleep there but it was definitely a unique experience
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  • Day17

    Tokyo: Time to go

    September 27, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Woke up on the next morning and started to dismantle my bike. I was feeling a bit sad, knowing this meant that the tour is over. I walked to a temple nearby and sat inside the temple for a while. It was very peaceful. But it was time to go. I reluctantly walked to the train station with my heavy bags on my shoulders. I bought the shinsanken ticket and travelled back to Tokyo. Amazing that it only took the shinkansen 2 hours to reach Tokyo..Read more

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  • Day16

    Kyoto: Fushimi Inari

    September 26, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Next stop was Fushimi Inari, a famous shrine, dedicated for the god of rice. There were alot of stairs, but beautiful and a bit eerie at the same time. We were practically alone at this time. Ususally this place will be flocking with tourists during the dayRead more

  • Day16

    Kyoto: Paparazzi

    September 26, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    I arrived at my hostel in Kyoto and met woth alot of friendly backpackers. A girl from Holland worked at the hostel and cooked for three of us noodles. Free food!
    After dinner i was going to dismantle my bike but then i was invited to join them to tour around Kyoto at night. I gladly agreed.
    First stop was "Geisha hunting". We went to the geisha streets and waited for the Geishas to get out of their houses. It turns out to be quite difficult to find them and the hardly go out. We were not alone. Alot of tourists were thinking the same thing. After some waiting we finally found 2 geishas and everyone were running towards them to take some photos
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  • Day16

    Kyoto: The last last Destination

    September 26, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    My sleep problem got worse, my head felt like exploding. I decided to take a walk around Osaka. But where? The girl at the Halloween Party recommended me to go to Osaka's Aquarium. But unless they are served on a plate for me to eat I am usually not that interested to look at fishes (later i found out it is one of the biggest in aquarium in the world and looks actually quite cool). So after doing some walking i decided to cycle instead. Next target is Kyoto, only about 50 km away from Osaka.
    The ride was very untypical compared to other days. It was extremely flat, it didn't rain at all that day, its sunny and comfortable. Definitely the easiest ride of the tour...
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  • Day15

    Osaka: The last Destination

    September 25, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    It was 15:00 and I decided to move to Osaka. The final destination for the tour. I was not feeling that great, but since it was only 40 km left, i guess i could make it. I did notice that there were several hills that i have to pass through to get to Osaka..
    After around 6 km i fell down the bike again. This was my fifth time for the trip. It was my fault, i didn't manage to clip off my shoes from the oedal on time. I fell down like dead meet and it was embarassing.
    Around 10 km down i noticed that i will be arriving to the first hill. I stopped at McD and ordered 2 Ebi-Burgers, since i learned from yesterday ebi gave me great powers.
    Of all days, this was the first day since the tour where it did not rain. At all. In fact it was very sunny and hot. I remembered cursing all the time when it rains but this time i was praying to the japanese god that it will be raining anytime soon. It felt like the hill was the steepest that i have ever had in Japan, and the heat from the sun makes it even worse... i could hear my heart pumping so hard..
    Okay first hill was behind me, now get ready for the secind hill. This time it will be even steeper and higher. This will be my last hill, i said to myself.
    The hill was too much for me. I was not in my top condition that day. This time i could here my hear pumping through my eardrum. After a while i felt like vomitting. Thats when i decided to stop and take some rest. After that i did not even bother to ride my bike, i just pushed it up the hill.
    After some time i did manage to arrive to the peak. On the peak of the hill was a small village and it says that i already reached the outkirt of Osaka!
    Goung downhill was unfortunately no fun. The road was but and there were alot of small gutter along the road. I had to go extremely slow, my hand started to get numb from pressing the breaks all the time. I think i had to change the brake again soon..
    At last I arrived at Osaka! What a journey, i was feeling so happy. There were suprisingly alot of bicyclers in the town, and the bicycle roads are good. I had to look out for the bikers more than the cars, since they most of the time have no lights, cycle in the opposite direction of the road and seem to not aware of the existance of the traffic lights. Interestingly the cars in Osaka are very tolerant to the cyclers.
    The hostel was full with backpackers. Coincidently they have on that day "Halloween Party" and i had Okinimiyaki and drinks for free
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  • Day15

    Nara: The City of Deers

    September 25, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    According to the legend, the god Kasugs Taisha came to Nara with a white deer in the old days. So till this day the deers in Nara are considered sacred and they are all over the town (but mainly at Nara Park where the grasses and tourists are). Louis CK hated them vut i find them extremely cute. They are not scared of humans, so you can touch and feed them. Normaly it is the other way around, some of the humans seem to be afraud of thwn, since the deers could be aggresive that a gang of them will surround you if they smell any food with you.
    The female deers are well groomed, have soft fur and looked cute, so they got alot of intention from the tourists and got alot of food. The male deers on the other hand looked like they haven't taken a bath for years, ugly and have hard fur that sometimes clumps up together. They are normally left alone and didn't get any food. I think the male deers have to start being more metrosexual, or else they might die out from starvation
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