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    hey guys and girls
    im moving to japan in about 3 months and want to know some info on places to ride. if you have any links to help out that would be awsome!!!! does any one know what the facilities are like around sapporo??

    Im going to teach english when i move over but am curious to what other job prospects are like, so if you can give me some insight to what jobs everyone is into that would be appreciated!!!!!!!

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    Hey Brad, I'm livin in Japan for at least the next 2 years but am in Osaka! There are some good areas to ride around Kyoto and some nice trails near Mino. Up north I don't know.
    Mtbking is not that big here yet and so things can be quite expensive if your looking at getting something here (high end parts etc.).

    The English thing is a decent way to make some bucks and seems to be the norm for Gaigins.

    Good luck mate,

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    Quote Originally Posted by dame
    Hey Brad, I'm livin in Japan for at least the next 2 years but am in Osaka! There are some good areas to ride around Kyoto and some nice trails near Mino. Up north I don't know.
    Mtbking is not that big here yet and so things can be quite expensive if your looking at getting something here (high end parts etc.).

    The English thing is a decent way to make some bucks and seems to be the norm for Gaigins.

    Good luck mate,

    Damien.
    I am flying in to Osaka and going to Kyoto (high speed trian) then Nishiwaki (some other kind of train). I'll be there for three or four weeks. Looking for some narly single track. Is there any rocky, twisty, tight single track in that area of Japan. I arraive in Osaka July 6, 06.
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    There is some good stuff in Osaka (south of), and Kobe (Rokko mtn). Rokko has some good downhill singletrack. South Osaka has more epic rides stuff. Not sure about the place that you are actually heading to though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnkiwi
    There is some good stuff in Osaka (south of), and Kobe (Rokko mtn). Rokko has some good downhill singletrack. South Osaka has more epic rides stuff. Not sure about the place that you are actually heading to though.
    Thanx, I'll start looking into these places.
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    Rokko Mtn above Ashiya has some great rides, I agree. If you are going to Kyoto you should contact Vince 'Guru' Flanagan on; flanagan@mac.com .He used to be one of the Aussie XC guns, riding for TREK in the early to mid-90's. He lives in Kyoto and would be the best source of info. I do know there are some great single track there and he is the guy to help you with finding what you want.

    Let us know how you go,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dame
    Rokko Mtn above Ashiya has some great rides, I agree. If you are going to Kyoto you should contact Vince 'Guru' Flanagan on; flanagan@mac.com .He used to be one of the Aussie XC guns, riding for TREK in the early to mid-90's. He lives in Kyoto and would be the best source of info. I do know there are some great single track there and he is the guy to help you with finding what you want.

    Let us know how you go,
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    I rung up his email.
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    Vince didn't answer yet. Any other riders around Nishiwaki, Osaka or Kyoto?
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    Sorry mate, he's the best man for the job. You could google Mtbking in Kyoto or Japan? Or try nobu@aandf.co.jp. Nobu is the Santa Cruz Importer and has been a great help to me. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dame
    Sorry mate, he's the best man for the job. You could google Mtbking in Kyoto or Japan? Or try nobu@aandf.co.jp. Nobu is the Santa Cruz Importer and has been a great help to me. Good Luck.
    Thanx, I'll keep looking.
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    Impdude,

    If you are definitely going to be in Osaka for a few days I might have some time to show you a course or two nearby. Anyway, if you are keen you can pm me.

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    Thanx Kiwi

    I'll PM you when I get my schedule nailed down.
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    Anyone in the Miyagi area?

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    Hi,

    I've been living in Sapporo for 3 years and have to say there are loads of great trails around here. Nishiolka, Makonomani, Bankei, Teine, Otaru, shinrin kown to name but a few. Many of them are steep and quite technical.

    The job situation is a bit hit and miss at the mo as a result of many English teaching schools in Sapporo going bust. However you should be o.k, if you've got enough back up funds to rely on in the event that it takes a while to get a job.

    Good luck.

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    Hey Tanuki ...
    You doing DH/FR up there?
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    ... and if we just ... sapporo

    hi tanukikuso,

    thanx for the info!!! the bike is getting packed for sure then!!!! i was a little unsure to take it or not but i think you just made up my mind!!! im about 7 weeks away from moving so im pretty excited!!

    what type of riding do you do? dh or xc?

    is there a local downhill racing scene in the area?

    so do you have any tips of job hunting in sapporo??

    thanx again
    Brad

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    Tanukikuso, what's the weather like up there? We are thinking to spend part of the summer there, maybe. Also when you say the riding is steep and technical, do you mean as in the classic Japanese sense, super steep hills and slippery roots? Sorry I haven't been up north yet, my only riding in Jp had been in Kyushu and the riding there is steep and technical. I'm hoping Hokkaido would be more, er, enjoyable than the jungles of the south.

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    Konnichi wa,

    I think there is a very small community of DH racers within Hokkaido. An organisation called DORIDE organises DH and XC events in places like Otaru and Teine. It might be a good place to hook up with other DH riders. Do a google search and you should find there info in Japanese. Niseko also has DH and XC competitions.

    I`m currently into XC. Many of the trails I ride are officially hiking trails. Attach a bear bell to your bike and unofficially you shouldn`t have any problems as the old hikers will hear you hurtelling towards them and hopefully move out of the way.

    Try the Sapporo Kokusai plaza for eikaiwa level teaching jobs. They can provide you with a list of schools and have a vacancy board in their building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achawalla
    I'm hoping Hokkaido would be more, er, enjoyable than the jungles of the south.
    Easy now, the riding down here in Kyushu is damn good! Oh, for the original poster: I would advise you to drop the idea of eikaiwa if you want a decent long-term job. There are desirable posts available now and again but the average companies here such as Nova or Geos generally do not treat their employees well compared to what you can find if you have a teacher's certificate and can teach Math or Science, for example, at an International School. If you are fresh out of college and are in the JET Programme, enjoy, but use the time to get a Master's Degree in something other than TOEFL/ESL, and get into the IS system. Then, when you are tired of Japan, you can teach abroad in other countries as well.

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    Didn't mean it that way

    I meant to say that the riding in 9shu is challenging, but fun. I don't know where you are, but down there on the south east corner of the island where I usually stay when over there, the trails are nice and rooty, I guess that's why there's nobody riding around here. Good days to be had though, when it's not too wet. Would love to ride Shikoku and Hokkaido, which is one of my dreams.

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    DH/FR in Tohoku

    I`m in th midst of planning a trip for Obon. So far I`m gonna hit Chokaizan Akita, Furushida Yamagata and some where in Iwate. Anyone got any reccomendations?

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    any riders here still in the Osaka/Kansai area?

    looking to possibly hook up.
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    I've got two friends still living there (I think). I'll send them a link, but haven't heard from either in a while. Whereabouts are you exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnkiwi
    I've got two friends still living there (I think). I'll send them a link, but haven't heard from either in a while. Whereabouts are you exactly?

    cool, let me know if you hear anything, I'd love to hook up with some who know more local spots. I've just been riding a lot of street by myself lately when I get a chance here and there, hitting a couple of city parks and mostly exploring sidewalks.... mostly around Kita/Umeda areas...

    I'm currently in an area near Tenma station, just for a few months. I've been to Osaka quite a few times in the past 3 years, but this is the first time I'll be here for an extended stay with my personal bike (just an urban/dj bike as it was easier to travel with than the full on DH/FR rig).
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    park name is Oizumi-Ryokuchi Koen (see why I couldn't remember it before)Has an official bmx track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnkiwi
    park name is Oizumi-Ryokuchi Koen (see why I couldn't remember it before)Has an official bmx track.

    much appreciated my friend, thanks for the tip. I'll be heading there within the next week if I can find the time. hopefully there are no fees or regulations.... helmet/pad laws?
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    I just moved back after 15 years in US. So far, I've been riding my bike everywhere in Tokyo, not using the subways. I'm trying to learn the geography of the city and feel of the each neighborhoods.

    I suppose if I want to hit the trail, I need to find a car to take me out of the city.

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    Just head out to the countryside, Japan is full of trails. People walk everywhere. Just be careful of the old people hiking in groups. From what I can remember, the trails are steep, typically Japanese. I think once you can ride somewhere like Kyushu trails, you can ride anywhere else, it's that gnarly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1+1
    Just head out to the countryside, Japan is full of trails. People walk everywhere. Just be careful of the old people hiking in groups. From what I can remember, the trails are steep, typically Japanese. I think once you can ride somewhere like Kyushu trails, you can ride anywhere else, it's that gnarly.

    just went hiking on some trails last week (went picking grapes in a vineyard with some others...), and the effin' trails were FULL (yes, all caps!), of interlaced webs and HUGE spiders! I mean there was NO avoiding them. If I was ripping that trail, or any in that entire area near it, I'd have been good without dinner I would have eaten so much protien from yellow/red/black spiders. Could hardly avoid them at a hiking pace. Some of those mutha's could eat birds... I was seriously surprised. I've been hiking several other times in a few areas in Japan and never ran into anything that bad.
    oh, and not to mention, we got chased by a pack of wild junkyard dogs too... but that was actually fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeSATORI
    just went hiking on some trails last week (went picking grapes in a vineyard with some others...), and the effin' trails were FULL (yes, all caps!), of interlaced webs and HUGE spiders! I mean there was NO avoiding them. If I was ripping that trail, or any in that entire area near it, I'd have been good without dinner I would have eaten so much protien from yellow/red/black spiders. Could hardly avoid them at a hiking pace. Some of those mutha's could eat birds... I was seriously surprised. I've been hiking several other times in a few areas in Japan and never ran into anything that bad.
    oh, and not to mention, we got chased by a pack of wild junkyard dogs too... but that was actually fun.
    So, how's the riding actually where you're at?

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    I used to live close to Hachiochi and the riding there is great. I was at Yokota Air Base, and there 4 different places to ride without having to travel. If you are close to there I can hook you up with some guys who know the trails well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1+1
    So, how's the riding actually where you're at?
    I mostly ride street at the moment, shredding the endless cement landscape... hard for me to make it out to the mt.'s where I'm at w/out a vehicle of my own anyway.

    but, I actually just found a very nice XC bike at via cycles village that is actually cheaper here new than back in the states... who would have guessed. I may pick it up very soon.
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    I just set up a Forum for bringing together gaijin interested in many disciplines, and am willing to expand it for anyone who requests it.

    http://allmountainjapan.freeforums.org

    the guys from TokyoCycling yahoo group should be joining up in soon, and i have started putting ads out to get more interest.

    If anyone is interested, just come and sign up. Trying to build a community here in Japan to make riding much more accessible to people fresh to japan and people who have lived here for years

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    BikeSatori.

    THOSE SPIDERS!!!! They have to be the worst things I've had to encounter on a track in Japan. They are massive and feisty (apparently some people use them for spider fights). I went through so many webs in my time in Kansai, finally worked out that by sending my unsuspecting friends first I could avoid the majority of them. Sometimes think it may have been worth going full face and armour for those rides (even in summer). Remember, they DO bite!

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    I'm scared of spiders...

    Especially big ones.

    Theres goes any future plans of travelling to Japan.

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    Hello, all. I'm in the Tokyo area (Yokota AB) and ride mostly in the Ome area. I'm pretty new here so I don't know many spots - if you'd like to hook up to ride and know of some other places to go, by all means get in touch. I'm not too technical, and still kind of an offroad newb, but I'll ride anytime with anyone. PM me.

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    I am also in Japan...I have MANY MANY places to ride. Just send me a PM and I will send you my email to further you some more info.

    EDITE...I HATE the bloody spiders. I have to travel up and down the trails fist by foot to clear them all out with a tree branch and then I can ride. Near winter is perfect and near Autum and i Autum is also perfect...summer is when all those bastardised arachnids come out.

    I race and ride at Fujimi panorama, Hakuba, Neaba - sometimes, Fukui and MANY other spots around J-Land. The concrete jungle is also great, especially with some mates just hucking around.


    Quote Originally Posted by bjd00069000
    hey guys and girls
    im moving to japan in about 3 months and want to know some info on places to ride. if you have any links to help out that would be awsome!!!! does any one know what the facilities are like around sapporo??

    Im going to teach english when i move over but am curious to what other job prospects are like, so if you can give me some insight to what jobs everyone is into that would be appreciated!!!!!!!

    keep it rollin'

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    Its not Gaijin...that like calling a jap a jap, your calling your self a white foreigner. This word is VERY negaitive just like other racial words.

    You should be using Gaigokujin instead mate...just a heads up.



    Quote Originally Posted by TheDon
    I just set up a Forum for bringing together gaijin interested in many disciplines, and am willing to expand it for anyone who requests it.

    http://allmountainjapan.freeforums.org

    the guys from TokyoCycling yahoo group should be joining up in soon, and i have started putting ads out to get more interest.

    If anyone is interested, just come and sign up. Trying to build a community here in Japan to make riding much more accessible to people fresh to japan and people who have lived here for years

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    Bumpin up!! Im skiing in the alps, (hakuba, nagano) at the moment, and it looks like there would bbe some sweet riding up here. Anyone ridden the trails in summer/spring? May have to make a second trip...

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    I've thought the same thing. I snowboard in the Hakuba valley almost every weekend and am thinking about bringing the bike up when the snow melts this spring. Should be good riding up there.

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    If you guys ride Nagano, please post pics and ride reports.

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    This is some good info. I'm getting ready to move to Japan ( Yokosuka) and was thinking of bringing the bike. now I am sure I'll be bringing it! anyone know areas around there to ride? I've been told having a bike is one of the best ways to get around anyway, but would love to get on some trails with some others there. I won't be there till August, as were ending a deployment there and staying there. I'll be there for about three years and I'm stoked.

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    I'm in South Korea now. A few of us here are thinking about coming to Japan this summer with bikes to hit up a resort or two, and possibly hit up other areas as well. Maybe do a DH race?

    Where/what are the best resort areas to hit up?

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    Some good trails are Fujimi Panorama: English site hosted via America
    A small part of A course for FP Its actually ALOT steeper than it looks and it is VERY tachnical especially when you reach near the end of the half way point.
    An older vid of one part of the races. Idegawa-san is in that one somewhere.

    There is also SkiJam in Fukui prefecture which is much better than Fujimi Panorama, with better designed trails and ALOT of local trails that are just as good and in some cases better.

    If you know the people they will share with you though...clicky circle as usual like any sport I guess.

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    hello. i wondered if anyone there knows of a good Bike shop near the naval base at Yokosuka, japan. i need to find one if its avalible to ship my bike to as well as assemble as it is broken down and boxed at the moment ready to be shipped. any help? or any other suggestions would be greatly appriciated.

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    I know a really good bike shop, not close to there, but shipping ok as it should cost about 2,000 - 3,000 yen for a complete bike.

    The shop is called K-Bros and the guy who runs it is one of the top guys in Japan for bikes.
    He built my bike and a friend's bike as well, his website lists all the bikes he has custom built for customers.
    this is his website address.
    http://www.k-bros.org/

    Give him an email or a call as he speaks English too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sim2u
    Its not Gaijin...that like calling a jap a jap, your calling your self a white foreigner. This word is VERY negaitive just like other racial words.

    You should be using Gaigokujin instead mate...just a heads up.
    Yeah, I know, but 外国人 doesn't roll off the tongue as well as the less politically-correct word.
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    Have you been to the Fujimi panorama circuit, Skijam in Fukui prefecture or Hakuba for any of the racing or just DH/FR/DJ parks, tracks and trails yet...?

    Its always great to hook up with other riders who have some skills to go and blitz the MT with a crew or 2.

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    You can use your APO address - I'm considering a new rig when I go home this summer, and I asked the folks at the post office. The USPS will ship your bike - there may be an oversize charge, but I don't think it is too unreasonable. At least this is the case up here at Yokota (about an hour from Yokosuka). Get with me if you want more info. I also know some local shops here in case you may need to go that route.

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    Hey Sim2U. Me and my mates did a few races at Fukui Ski Jam, we won so got some hotel tickets, went back a month later for the DH runs. Cool little place. Fujimi Panorama is well set up, I recommend the Shimano Bikers Festival in August for meeting heaps of people.

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