Cycling through Japan

When I was in college, I heard about my friend’s experience when he went around Japan by bicycle. It seemed exciting and so I decided I would do the same too.

First, I walked from Nagasaki to Kagoshima on foot during the final holiday before I graduated from university. I wanted to do it a different way from most people, so I chose walking. Anyway for my next trip, during the end of my graduate school studies, I passed through the famous fifty-three stations along the Tokaido route from Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka with my brother, but this time by bicycle.

After I began my career, any opportunity I had during the holidays, I went back again and again to complete my goal of travelling the full length of Japan. Each time, I carried my bicycle on the train and reassembled it when I reached my starting destination. Finally, I finished my goal at Cape Soya.

The Fuji Mountain Race

When I first started running marathon races, the Fuji Mountain Race was the ultimate goal.

Fujiyoshida city officials say that
“The Fuji Mountain Race is a rigorous, physical and mental challenge and is often considered the most difficult climbing race in Japan.”

Participants are required to run up from the mountain completing an elevation increase of over 3,000m within 4.5 hours. Checkpoints that runners must pass through in the allotted time limit, so only half of the original participants manage to finish the race every year.

The first part of the race, involves asphalt and a rough road for approximately one hour. After beginning the ascent up the mountain, the track becomes soil until the halfway point. Many runners have difficulty with the loose ground comprised of volcanic ash during the latter half of the race. Anyway, I like climbing up volcanic rock area. In the final stage of the race, many runners begin to suffer from the effects of high altitude.

Finally, In 2015, I completed this race on my fifth try.