In collecting my shuin templte stamps (御朱印帳). I went to a large temple complext just a few stations down the road called Takahata-fudo (高幡不動). The large complex has a large forested area in the back that has 88 small stone statues, known as go-jisho-san (ご地蔵さん) in Japanese. This is the same number as the 88 temple tour through the Shikoku Island.

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Back From my trip

I’m back from my trip to see the leaves in Gunma, Tochigi and Nagano prefectures. Although it didn’t really go as originally planned. I never actually made it to nagano.

Nikko and Oku-Nikko were both so beautiful that I decided to stick it out there and only wound up riding about 300km in all. Everything was beautiful shades of yellow. Especially in the high elevations (around 1700-2000m) the boreal (pine) forests’ needles were changing shades of green to yellow which looked so beautiful on the mountain side.

However, I did wind up cutting it short because it looking like it was going to (and actually did) rain no Friday and Saturday and possibly Sunday. It was pretty drizzly on Friday and – back in Tokyo – was a downpour all day Saturday

Photos to come.

Practice touring result

After buying the bicycle, I decided it would be best to try and do a short tour to practice. So I took a day of a work and went touring near Tokyo for 3 days. The second day was filled with view of Mt. Fuji. The sky was clear so I could see the peak all day, even from the other side of a small mountain range it was still visible over the peaks. I learned a lot about the bike and touring in general. There are a few extra items, especially a large light for the front of the bike so that I can travel at night. Aditionally, a large flashlight would have been very useful. I also discovered that I need to get better at cooking outdoors. The cost of food was a bit higher than I had expected, so hopefully with some outdoor cooking experience, I can bring that cost down.
Additionally, when I got home, it appeared that one of the straps that keeps the back against the racks of the bags broke. This does not make the bag unusable, but it does seem rather quick for something like that to break so I will probably go back to the store early this week.

Days: 3
Nights: 2
Lodging Costs: 0yen
Food Costs: 4000yen
Distance Traveled: 348.5km