Cycling across Japan – day 5 – Kushima to Uchiumi

  • Day 5 – Kushima to Uchiumi
  • Distance: 57.8km
  • Weather: rainy day
  • Accommodation: The Little Garden, dorm room ¥2,500

I woke up to rain and this lasted all day long as I rode along Route 220.

Traditional-style roadside teahouse

Traditional-style roadside teahouse

Wet and cold day today

Wet and cold day today

I stopped to watch surfers along the Nichinan coast and popped into a Shinto shrine in a cave.

Shinto Shrine

I passed this Shinto Shrine in a cave while taking a detour to watch some surfers around Nichinan

Shinto Shrine cave

Shinto Shrine cave

Stormy day along Route 220

I passed signs advertising this Sunmesse Nichinan site but I’d never heard of it before and had no idea what to expect so I was surprised to see replica Moai statues like on Easter Island. Entrance was ¥700.

Moai statues at Sunmesse, Nichinan

Moai explanation

Moai explanation

Moai explanation

Moai explanation

Moai statues at Sunmesse, Nichinan

Moai statues at Sunmesse, Nichinan

Moai statues at Sunmesse, NichinanMoai statues at Sunmesse, Nichinan

Route 220 was way too busy with trucks and in the rain I didn’t feel comfortable continuing on so I stopped early and found a guesthouse called the Little Garden which other than being on top of a steep hill (that I had to push the bike up), was incredible and I’m so glad I stayed there! Again, I was trying to make a plan, but I ended up talking late into the night with the other guests and had a wonderful time.

**I’m trying to convince my dad to come and meet me in Hokkaido to cycle the last two weeks together… but he seems to need some persuading! What do you think, should he come? (If you haven’t seen the video of our last adventure hiking the TMB together last year, then click here. It was the best two weeks ever!)

The Little Garden guesthouse, Uchiumi

The Little Garden guesthouse, Uchiumi

My two-bed dorm at the Little Garden Guesthouse, Uchiumi

My two-bed dorm at the Little Garden Guesthouse, Uchiumi

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4 responses to “Cycling across Japan – day 5 – Kushima to Uchiumi

  1. First of all, cheers for you for the epic quest you’ve started! I found your blog as this exact same journey has been through my mind for quite some time (2 year more or less, after watching the vlogs of a a fellow Italian crazy guy who did it back in 2013) …and kudos to you, it makes me excited!:)

    Keep up the blog as it’s reaaally interesting and there are few detailed sources about this route (yours it’s the first I read in recent years, last one I read was dated 2014 if I remember correctly).
    That said, considering the fact that being at the end of the journey you’ll be quite tired, I think it’s a good idea to have your dad join you for the final kms! (Even if the last 40s I read are quite monotonous but whatever) 😀

    Who knows if doing all this journey with a folding bike is possible…(crazy thoughts about it) 😀

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