The Japanese Odyssey is a self-supported bicycle endurance event, with a simple ethos: the clock never stops, no mandatory route, and no private support. The event will start from Tokyo on September 17, 2016. Entrants will have to reach Osaka within a 14 day time limit. They may take the route of their choice, as long as they go up the 11 mandatory climbs. Inspired by Fukada’s “Nihon Hyakumeizan”, in which he detailed his 100 favourite mountains in Japan, the second edition of the Japanese Odyssey is about cycling 2400 km and taking the entrants up a series of famous climbs in Japan. But not only. It is up to the entrants to slow down (a bit), to open their eyes, and to watch the surrounding magic and “breathe” Japanese air.
The Japanese Odyssey is an attempt to place cyclists in touch with the traditions, customs and culture of Japan.
The second edition of the Japanese Odyssey is about taking the entrants up a series of steep and famous climbs in Japan, and getting them to course their way through mountainous areas.
Nihonbashi Bridge will mark the beginning of your adventure. It is the point from which Japanese people measure distances ; what better place to start the Odyssey?
Mount Nyukasa is located on the northernmost edge of the Southern Alps.
Mt. Ontake is the nation’s tallest active volcano. The peaks offers outstanding panoramic views – if you don’t mind the sulfur fumes.
Mt. Tateshina offers wonderful panoramic views of the Kita Alps.
Make your way along the several hairpins of Haruna-san by daylight and you’ll be rewarded by a beautiful view on Haruna lake.
Mount Kusatsu-Shirane is an active volcano – as such, it offers a surreal, moon-like landscape.
At more than 2700 m elevation, Norikura is the highest you can go by road in Japan. Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Mount Norikura ascent is a grueling, 38 km long climb.
Mount Ibuki is renown for its beautiful wild flora – but also for its steep, 17 kilometers long ascent.
Mount Daisen is the highest peak in the Chugoku region.
Tengu kogen is a renown ski area. Prepare yourself for a steep and twisty ride up.
At 1954 meters high, Mount Tsurugi is the second highest mountain on the island of Shikoku. Should the fog lift, you’ll be able to enjoy the view on Shikoku incredibly green landscapes.
Located in the heart of a UNESCO reserve, Mount Ōdaigahara is the highest point in Mie area.
That’s where your adventure ends. You made it. Congrats.
It is going to be brutal. It is going to be hard.
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