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From Narita international airport towards the Sea of Japan
If you will not spend much time at Shinshu (Nagano) area and avid many hills...
Narita- (R17)- Takasaki- Karuizawa(R18)- Komoro- Nagano-(R406)- Hakuba- (R148)- Itoigawa (The Sea of Japan)
From Narita to Takasaki you cannot avoid traffic jams. Look for side roads until you can get there. Karuizawa, hight land resort place, is about 1.000m height so keep pedaling up (there is a old side road, choose this one). Between Karuizawa and Nagano there are some lovely pure ONSENS!! And almost gentle down hill.
Between Nagano to Hakuba. Togakushi is famous for its old and historical Shrines and very beautiful scenes.
Hakuba to Itoigawa. This road is just for short cut because of many tunnels and tracks.
Across Japan Alps
---R18- Karuizawa- R142- Suwa lake - (R20-R19) - Matsumoto - R158 - Kamikochi - R158 - Takayama - R41 - R360 - Shirakawa - R304 - Sea of Japan
From Karuizawa, choose "Nakasen-do" which is a old Samurai road to Kyoto.
Off course now on road.
Kamikochi is a entrance of Japan Alps.
Very scenic place and public camping grounds are available.
"Nature Photo Gallery" has beautiful Kamikochi pictures.
Takayama is a city but you can find Japanese old craft and old houses. Shirakawa is reserved village for original styled house. A roof is made of straw and it looks like someone praying with his hands pressed together.
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