Another old Capital


1. CPH 12.08.13

2. Narita - Tone 13.08.13

3. Tone 14.08.13

4. Tone 15.08.13

5. Tone - Oarai 16.08.13

6. Oarai - Tomakomai 17.08.13

7. Tomakomai - Iwamizawa 18.08.13

8. Iwamizawa - Azahikawa 19.08.13

9. Azahikawa - Kamikawa 20.08.13

10.Kamikawa - Nukabira Onsen 21.08.13

11.Nukabira Onsen - Tokachigawa 22.08.13

12.Tokachigawa - Kushiro 23.08.13

13.Kushiro - Shibesha 24.08.13

14.Shibesha - Lake Kussharo 25.08.13

15.Lake Kussharo - Lake Akan 26.08.13

16.Lake Akan - Abashiri 27.08.13

17.Abashiri 28.08.13

18.Abashiri - Sapporo (tog) 29.08.13

19.Sapporo - Otaru 30.08.13

20.Otaru - Kamoenai 31.08.13

21.Kamoenai - Makkari 01.09.13

22.Makkari - Yakumo 02.09.13

23.Yakumo - Hakodate 03.09.13

24.Hakodate - Aomori 04.09.13

25.Aomori - Lake Towada 05.09.13

26.Lake Towada - Lake Tazawa 06.09.13

27.Lake Tazawa - Hanamaki 07.09.13

28.Hanamaki - Tsukidate 08.09.13

29.Tsukidate - Sendai 09.09.13

30.Sendai - Tone 10.09.13

31.Tone 11.09.13

32.Tone 12.09.13

33.Tone - Kurihama 13.09.13

34.Kurihama - Hakone 14.09.13

35.Hakone - Gotemba 15.09.13

36.Gotemba 16.09.13

37.Gotemba - Fujinomiya 17.09.13

38.Fujinomiya - Shizuoka (Kyoto) 18.09.13

39.Kyoto 19.09.13

40.Kyoto 20.09.13

41.Kyoto 21.09.13

42.Kyoto - Nara 22.09.13

43.Nara - Wakayama 23.09.13

44.Wakayama - Higashikagawa 24.09.13

45.Higashikagawa - Takamatsu 25.09.13

46.Takamatsu - Iya Valley 26.09.13

47.Iya Valley 27.09.13

48.Iya Valley - Imabari 28.09.13

49.Imabari - Onomichi 29.09.13

50.Onomichi - Hiroshima 30.09.13

51.Hiroshima 01.10.13

52.Hiroshima - Takayama (tog) 02.10.13

53.Takayama 03.10.13

54.Takayama - Matsumoto 04.10.13

55.Matsumoto - Hakuba 05.10.13

56.Hakuba - Nagano 06.10.13

57.Nagano - Tone 07.10.13

58.Tone 08.10.13

59.Tone - Narita 09.10.13

60. Narita - CPH 10.10.13


Letter 42


Sunday 22.09.13      63,66 km


The distance to Nara isn't quite easy for cyclists. There is nothing positive to say about it -  unfortunately.
When I come to the center of Nara, it's obvious and the train station is also just a bit to the left. The city is full of tourists, you can just follow, then you'll get to all the attractions, most of them is in a big park.

                                    The tame deers

The deers are tame here, that's also an attraction, but they are still "wild" and can kick, bite and turn you over, as a warning says on a sign. A funny situation occurs when we (50-60 people) are waiting for the light to change. A deer that is in a hurry just steps out in the road and the cars stop. It crosses the road while we all keep on waiting....

With such a number of lanterns you HAVE to have a fire extinguisher

                    You could buy yourself a wish

                         I didn't take part in the lecture

After having seen some of the attractions I go back to the station and find a stone bench, where I can eat. I'm not going to share with the deers. Today there are sardines in tomato sauce on the bread.

Then I go to find Route 24, which I will have to follow tomorrow. In the simple map that until now have served me well, it looks like it's pretty close. But it's not. When I get there in the end, I continue on the other side to a site there. I can't really figure
out, if it's a reconstruction or not. It's first when I get to what once was the entrance to the area, that THAT is solved. It is.

An older jananese with his name on the chest, ask me where I come from? Ah, Denmark - Copenhagen... He was there 20 years ago. He has been working for Sharp and been to Germany lots of times - and in China. But he doesn't speak german and he doesn't use his english every day, but after a while it's ok. Now he's a volunteer at the site. When I've admitted I'm 65, he asks how old I think he is? I'd better shoot low to be polite. I think he's my age so I say 58, haha. He is actually 73, which
you cannot see.

My japanese friend "New Mountain" - Nijama... ....and the gate he guarded

We have a nice half an hour there in the shadows of the entrance. About the japanese relation to religion, he says, that most japanese have a kind of double citizenship with religion. When a child is born it's celebrated in a Shinto context, which means in a "Shrine". When a person dies, it's common, that it is in Buddhist Context.

It's not until I get to my hostel in a narrow alley, that I remember this giant Buddha, that I haven't seen. It must have been in the only one of the important sites I haven't been! It's too late today, but it should be open at 8am. so it'll have to be first in the schedule for tomorrow. It's almost 100 km to Wakayama, from where I ought to catch a ferry early in the day after tomorrow.