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    Anybody want to ride at Tama Hills Military Base just outside of Tokyo, near Kawasaki. I can get you in. Good 5k MTB course.

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    JGtokyo, are you at Yokota? Tama hills is ok but there are many superior trails near the base.

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    Tama Hills

    I live 15 minutes from Tama Hills by car and work at The New Sanno. I have been wanting to ride at Ome for some time but have been looking for someone to teach me the trails.

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    Here are a few videos I took recently while riding in the mountains near the Tama river and Lake Okutama.




    Last edited by kmorast; 12-09-2011 at 07:27 PM.

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    Another video from Japan.


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    Awesome videos! If you are ever looking for another rider just let me know. I am at Yokosuka and I am always down to ride on the weekend.

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    We are planning a ride this coming Sunday. The trail is out near Sagamiko Lake which is probably a long drive for you but about as far south as we go. If your interested in riding let me know. How much experience do you have riding?

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    It does look a little far. But I just can't seem to find any interested people in riding locally. I have searched around and found trails locally and have ridden but riding alone can prove to be boring and dangerous. I haven't been riding very long less than a year but I am more than willing to try and test my limits but I also don't want to slow anyone down. If you know of any other trails near around Yokosuka, Kamakura, etc... Please let me know. I think I'm going to try out Duck Pond this weekend.

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    We usually start riding around 0700 but going to Sagamiko is a bit of a drive for us as well so we will probably start around 0800 this time. What type of bike do you ride? This trail is best ridden on a full suspension bike. I don't know anything about the riding near Yokosuka.

    If your really interested and feel you can handle a technical trail ride your welcome to join us. There's never a problem waiting on a guy who isn't comfortable with the ride. This ride is a bit tough since we will hike a bike for about a hour before we even get to the down hill portion of the trail.

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    I have a full suspension. It is my first FS, and coming from a Trek hardtail it is a lot different. It's a Fuji Outland Pro and it is what I would consider an entry level FS , it has a decent set up though. Rock Shox Reba with remote lock out, Rock Shox Ario rear and Shimano SLX components.

    I'm not against the hike to bike route, but not sure if I will make it out that far this weekend, but maybe another time. I appriciate all the help you have been providing.

    Of topic though are you using the GoPro chest mounting system? Looking to get something to start documenting my rides and saw that online so I was wondering what you were using since your videos are pretty stable.
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    Nice videos! I need to explore Sengen ridge, that's a new one to me.

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    We rode Gongen today and it was a lot of fun. There were 11 riders 5 Americans, 1 Canadian and 5 Japanese. The trail was dry and fast. Couldn't ask for a better day to ride.

    Alanw, we ride nearly every weekend so when ever you have time just let me know and I will let you know which trail we will be hitting.

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    Here is a new video I recorded today. It's a short but fun trail we refer to as Side Trail.


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    Sengen Ridge Line Ride part III.


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    I am in Yokosuka and am down for riding whenever. Waiting on my bike to get here (next week at the latest). I have been riding for about 18 years, but am coming back from a 1.5 year break due to injury.

    My rigs are a Kona 2+2 and a Kona Steely. We can pretty much hit anything.

    I have trail maps/GPS coordinates for a lot of the area trails. Takatori Yama is close to Ikego and gets good praise from the local japanese riders.

    Let me know if you want to get together.

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    There is also a series of trails that can be accessed directly from Ikego. A little tricky to find the exit off the base, but it's one of my favorites.

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    Sea, I would love to find them.

    I know of one just on the other side of Jinmuji. I have heard of some that start after the school, but have ventured up there yet.

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    You access the trail head from Ikego (just across the street from the utilities complex- up the hill, on the side of the street from the soccer fields).

    Once you find the trail head, you will immediately have a trickly little up to the right. Staying to the right, you will find an old cement wall to ride along (the paintball course is on the other side of the wall to the left, down the hill). Riding with the wall on your left and a steep hill on right, follow the trail for about a half of a mile, but dont drop down the hill to the right - you will eventually drop to the left. The cement wall will open up and the trail will go through it to your left. Follow the trail through the wall and down a hill. The trail will wind up and to the right and eventually come to a wire fence...... on the other side of the fence is a great trail system. Go left and you have about two miles before it ends. Go right and you have probably 10+ miles of trails with some great technical drops and wicked fast downs. Ensure that you adhere to the no riding area as the trail opens right before a long set of stairs that head up a hill. I enjoyed this system more thanTakatori Yama.

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    Great! Thanks for the directions. I will probably venture out this weekend and try it out. I take it you are no longer here?

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    Ghost town is always a good ride. I rode Ogusayama last time I went and and had a blast. It is a hike a bike uphill but from there it is a fun downhill. I got lost at the end of the trail and rode around forever trying to find the trailhead again but if you have a GPS we can mark it. I'm ready to ride either Sat or Sun. Let me know....

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    We are still riding out on in the hills west of Tokyo....if your interested in some riding just post here.

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    There is a good sized group of us riding nearly every weekend in the Kanagawa area as well.

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    Will be moving to Yokohama (living in Motomachi) around mid may from Australia, for min 18 months and would be keen to catch when I get there. Hoping there are some rides close by?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack0207 View Post
    Will be moving to Yokohama (living in Motomachi) around mid may from Australia, for min 18 months and would be keen to catch when I get there. Hoping there are some rides close by?
    There is some riding pretty close to Yokohama. The biggest issue for you will be transporting your bike to where the trails are. You can't take it on the train unless you break it down into a bike bag. I highly suggest you invest in one before you come over.

    Unless you plan on traveling some distance, leave the dual crown long travel bike at home. A good 5 inch travel all mountain rig or a decent hard tail will handle just about anything that the trails here can throw at you.

    Find us on our Facebook page Mountain Bike Gaijin | Facebook and we can meet up.

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