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Touring in Northern Japan
(August 5 - September 1, 1999)

Place to go Run
(km)
What I enjoyed Accommodation Comments
Aug 5 Kawasaki 512 Keep running on an expressway My friend's house Very tired
Aug 6 Tokyo 13 See some friends and drink My friend's house Long time since drinking last in Tokyo
Aug 7 Tokyo 0 Home party at my friend's house My friend's house Good food and enjoyable conversation
Aug 8 Iwaki city, Fukushima Pref. 336 Run another expressway again Migita Beach
(Camping)
Cook curry for dinner. Delicious
Aug 9 Miyagi Pref. 192 See Miyagi highlights in a hurry Ojika Town
(Camping)
Too many people in Matsushima
Aug10 Hiraizumi, Tono city (Iwate Pref.) 250 Some famous temples in Hiraizumi Fukuzan-so
(Ryokan)
There are 3 ruler's mummies of those days in Chuson-ji Temple
Aug11 Tono city, Kuroyu Hot Spring 198 Visit some places famous for folklores in Tono Kuroyu Hot Spring (Jisuito) Understand Iwate dialect very little
Aug12 Kakunodate 0 See some Samurai houses Kuroyu Hot Spring (Jisuito) Move with my friend's car
Aug13 Oga Peninsula 358 Run some long straight roads in Hachiro-gata Kuroyu Hot Spring (Jisuito) Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan (423m)
Aug14 Lake Towada, Hachiman-tai 152 Enjoy Gosho-gake Hot spring and the beautiful road to Lake Towada Lake Towada Museum YHA Lake Towada is is the biggest crater lake in Honshu
Aug15 Towada, Shingo Village, Hakkoda 128 Go to the grave of Christ, Sugayu Hot Spring
(Jisuito)
Relax in a big wooden bath of Sugayu
Aug16 Hirosaki City 56 Walk around Hirosaki City Hirosaki YHA Hirosaki has been a castle town since 17th century
Aug17 Lake Juni, Ajigasawa 174 Take Ogon-Frofushi Hot Spring, Go to Shuri Castle Toyo-Akabane
(Minshuku)
Ogon-Frofushi Hot Spring faces the sea, beautiful!
Aug18 Tsugaru Peninsula 179 Go to Kamegaoka Ruins, Dazai's house, Cape Tappi Lake Jusan
(Camping)
Dazai Osamu is Japanese great novelist.
Aug19 Aomori City, Shimokita 216 Go to Sannai-Maruyama Jomon Ruins, Shimoburo Hot Spring Suzuki
(Minshuku)
There used to be a large scale community at Sannai Maruyama in Jomon Period
Aug20 Shimokita, Hakodate City 157 Visit Osorezan and Oku-Yagen Hot Spring Meet House
(Rider's house)
Osorezan is weird place. The souls gather there.
Aug21 Hakodate City, Matsumae 225 Walk around Matsumae, Hakodate Shiryo-kaku Kumaishi Town
(Camping)
Matsumae is a old castle town.
Aug22 Shimamaki 133 Go to Garo Waterfall, Run rough roads in Shimamaki Shimamaki YHA Shimamaki is rich in big nature and wildlife
Aug23 Kuromatsunai, Niseko 225 Walk in a "buna" forest in Kuromatsunai, take a hot spring bath in Niseko Tarumae-So
(Rider's house)
Sunset at Lake Shikoku is really beautiful
Aug24 Lake Shikotsu, Tomakomai City 166 Go to Lake Okotanpe, Run on rough roads around Shikotsu Tarumae-So
(Rider's house)
Tarumae-So is a comfortable new rider's house run by the town
Aug25 Biratori 187 Walk and run around Biratori Kaizawa's
(Rider's house)
Biratori is one of the biggest Ainu community
Aug26 Shimukappu, Shikaribetsu 174 Run on a rough road in Shimukappu Shikaribetu
(Camping)
Shikaribetu campsite is good for long termers
Aug27 Nupun-Tomuraushi 208 Enjoy the open-air hot spring bath of Nupun-Tomuraushi Shikaribetu
(Camping)
This area is also good for off-road riders
Aug28 Shikaoi, Kamishihoro 197 Go to Lake Shikaribetsu, Lake Nukabira, Horoka Hot Spring Shikaribetu
(Camping)
Fall down on a rough road at Lake Nukabira
Aug29 Soun-Kyo, Biei 190 See 2 big waterfalls near Soun-Kyo Hachi-no-Yado
(Rider's house)
It was very cold at Mikuni Mountain Pass ( the highest pass in Hokkaido)
Aug30 Biei, Yubari City 300 Run around Biei, go to some sightseeing spots in Yubari Ponpon-Sen
(Toho Yado)
Biei is a peaceful stock farm area
Aug31 Otaru City 3 Sightseeing inside Otaru On the ferry couldn't ride because of rain
Sep 1 116 come back home Get home at midnight

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