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Papersky’s Tour de Nippon

I know I’ve just returned from Mexico, but I am a constant sufferer of the travel bug and am always dreaming of my next possible destination.

Now, I’m thinking about the Papersky Tour de Nippon.

Tour de Nippon

Papersky’s Tour de Nippon project is about finding the magic of Japan’s rural districts, their inhabitants, nature, culture and food. We travel to various prefectures and ride bicycles. Traveling via bicycle allows us a clean and healthy way to explore Japan’s rural areas.

Papersky currently runs five clubs: Bicycle, Mountain, Book, Food and Japan. Each club has a captain that is highly knowledgable and active in their field and for each of the Papersky Tour de Japan events we work with several of our captains on finding out ways we can tap into the locality of an area per their unique viewpoints.

For instance we frequently invite very talented chiefs to collaborate with local farmers and designers to create a unique dinner. We also work with local craftsmen & women to design small workshops that our guests can create a handmade item such as lacquer spoon or learn the process & skill of cleaning and salting a fresh fish. The workshops are all specifically designed to coincide with the locality of the destination. Besides riding on our bicycle we also like to walk and frequently create programs to climb mountains or explore culture destinations with local people.

It is our hope that through our Tour de Nippon project we’ll be able to introduce you to a new way of looking at Japan. Papersky’s years of travel experience both within Japan and around the world give you a total emersion into a culture that is extremely difficult to access. (via)

Would I love the chance to ride my bike around Japan? Absolutely. The Papersky bike tours look terrific.



It’s unlikely I’ll be able to get there soon so for now, I’m making do with the Bicycle maps, also from Papersky.

Papersky Bicycle Maps

Would I settle for one of these maps to adorn my walls? Yup.

Here’s what I’m thinking: I am an experienced endurance athlete. Perhaps they need someone who can evaluate these courses and make sure they are appropriate for all levels? Papersky–I am ready and willing!

A Travel Guide Photo a Day helps you visit Japan

A photo a day, from Color Travel Guide blogger Naoya Okazaki.


What do I like about them? Almost like a series of polaroids that capture a moment in time.

What else do I love? It’s like these photos were all taken through a 1970s lens, as if they belong in the film version of The Virgin Suicides.

It’s like the best of Japan, through a Hiptasmatic lens. And doesn’t EVERYTHING look better in Hipstamatic?

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