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Motorcycle Tour Japan

Japan: fascinating, elusive, intriguing... In the Far East, explore a different world, a whole new culture and a unique mind-set. A Royal Enfield trip in Japan promises to be completely different providing delightful experiences at every instant. We start with Honshu, the main island, where you will discover the futuristic megacity of Tokyo, the timeless Mount Fuji, the temples of Kyoto, the history of Hiroshima. We then head for the wild nature of Hokkaido. The great island in the north of Japan is a paradise for bikers looking for authenticity. The landscape of a rare beauty is revealed with an unreal palette of colours. In the country of the rising sun, we realise our insignificance before the power of the elements. Ride on the side roads in the Japan countryside. Explore the mountains, tea plantations, Zen gardens and fishing villages. You will taste delicious and refined cuisine: seafood and sake at every meal. At the end of the day, to recover from your emotions, bathe in the natural hot water of an open onsen, a great moment which says a lot about the Japanese way of life. A motorcycle trip in Japan is synonymous with well-being and spirituality.

When should one travel in Japan?

The best season for a motorcycle trip in Japan is in spring and autumn. Between March and May, during the Japanese spring season, the cherry trees begin to blossom. This is a great festival in the whole country, from Okinawa to Hokkaido. The autumn season, from September to November, is also a pleasant moment for travelling in Japan. The weather is cool, the skies clear and the maple trees bear magnificent colours. The climate in Japan is very difficult to describe as it is subject to diverse influences. The country is governed by two alternating winds with a cold current from the North and a hot current from the South. There are thus great variations depending on the latitude and the altitude. In the North, the summers are short and the winters long and snowy. The monsoons hit the country from the end of June with significant rainfall especially in the islands of the South. Summer then becomes hot and humid. Be careful, at the end of summer, a second monsoon brings torrential rains and wind on the coast. During winter, the weather is cold and dry. However, depending on the region visited, the season can be suitable for a motorcycle trip.

 

Geography Japan

The Japanese Archipelago is situated in the Far East, between the Japan Sea and the Pacific Ocean, facing South Korea, North Korea, the immense China and the big Russia. Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan stretches over around 4000 Km from the North to the South. The country is made up of four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Your motorcycle trip in Japan starts with Honshu, the biggest island which houses the capital, Tokyo. The Grand Tokyo forms a megacity with nearly 40 millions inhabitants. With three-quarters of the country being mountainous, there are 270 volcanoes in Japan. The perfect silhouette of Mount Fuji, a mythical volcano that is extinct since the 16th century, attains a height of 3776 metres. In the central region of Honshu, the Japanese Alps separate the “Front of Japan” where Tokyo is situated, from the “Back of Japan” where the coastline overlooks the continent. Almost 70% of Japan is covered by forests. A significant number of conifers, bamboos, oak trees, pine trees, fir trees, as well as camellias, lotuses, not to forget the famous cherry tree blossoms.

 

History and Culture of Japan

During a motorcycle trip in Japan, you plunge into the fascinating history of this mythical country. In the 3rd century B.C., Japan was invaded by Korean and Chinese people, who brought rice cultivation to this country. Later, other invaders from Korea governed Japan and introduced Buddhism and Chinese script. From the 7th to the 12th century, the country developed its national identity through art and literature. Thanks to its strong piracy, Japan escaped Chinese colonisation in the 13th century during the Mongol conquests. At the end of the 14th century, the warlords started to take over power and there were a series of wars. In the 16th century, dictators came to power and eliminated the big warlords. Economically and militarily united and powerful, Japan escaped European colonisation in the 16th century. The country opened up to the rest of the world in the late 19th century. Edo, renamed as Tokyo, became the capital. Nationalism and imperialist desire pushed Japan to numerous wars against China, Mongolia and Korea. In the 20th century, the country took part in the Second World War. Despite the trauma and the damage caused by the global conflict, Japan rose from its ashes like the Phoenix to become one of the greatest economic powers of the world.

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