Video: Roadtripping Around Japan's Best Bike Parks

Nov 1, 2019
by Jonathon Wade  
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In 2017 I was lucky enough to travel to Japan in search of some of their best trails. With limited information online, and some help from a local guide, we had an amazing trip.

In Japan, I met Hajime Imoto, a friendly and incredibly talented Japanese rider who encouraged us to come back.

Since then I’d been talking with friends about going back and finally the timing lined up with my friend Lyndon in Australia and Hajime in Japan. 
We flew into Tokyo and headed North to ride some of Japan’s best trails.

Our first campsite at Fujimi Panorama, one of Japan's main bike parks.

Hanadog keeping a close eye on the bikes at camp.

Hajime riding at Fujimi.

Rin and Lyndon railing turns in the bike park.

Precious loamy corners.

Lyndon throwing into one of Nagano's snaking trails.

Perfect trail conditions made for a fun few days riding before heading back to Tokyo to bunker down as the typhoon approached.

Our trusty van, thanks to Hajime for the loan!

I can't recommend exploring Japan and riding their trails enough. Make sure you respect the culture and contact a guide like Paul at Freeride Adventures Japan.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible - @ninjyatv, @aspectmtb, @jonowade, @lyndolee, @hajimeeeee, @rinkushima, @hanawan_dog.

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  • 9 1
 The dog needn’t watch over the bikes. You could leave them in downtown Tokyo unlocked and they wouldn’t get stolen.
  • 5 4
 Bike theft is actually pretty common. Would go missing for sure.
  • 4 2
 @autechre: Not from what I've seen in my couple of trips there, definitely one of the safest places to travel with bikes.
  • 5 4
 @Jono-wade: Have lived here for 6 years and had my shitty commuter bike stolen before.

Bicycle and umbrella theft is common here. But what would I know, right?
  • 2 0
 @autechre: maybe it was impounded
  • 4 0
 I did a snowboard trip to Hokkaido and it still think of it as the best week of my life. Magical beauty. I’d die to go back with a bike.
  • 1 0
 That's a pumpkin.
  • 2 0
 Nice video! Would love to ride my bike over there! I know they have powder in the winter, but I didn't know about that brown pow!
  • 2 0
 Yes! I rode with Paul in 2016, fantastic guide and fujimi panorama was a lot if fun!!! Would love to go back again!
  • 1 0
 I think I’m going to Nagano in mid-April. Was just looking at Fujimi Panorama last night. Will the season be going by then?
  • 1 0
 It may be a bit early in the year but i'd recommend shooting paul at freeride adventures japan an email, he can give you loads of information and help you plan out a trip.
  • 1 0
 Haji and Tamaru? Great guys. Looking forward to meeting you guys in China some time!
  • 2 0
 That dirt looks awesome.
  • 6 4
 Would be nice if he kept it on the trails though. Needlessly roosting every five seconds will blow those trails out so quickly. That kind of riding makes us look bad, imo.
  • 5 5
 "Make sure you respect the culture" - uh huh. Vid should be retitled "how to act like a douchey tourist".
  • 1 0
 Awesome!! Super fun video!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a fun time!
  • 3 5
 No anime? Whatever. Still looks sick

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