Greetings from Kanagawa!

Dwalsh

Cruising
Sep 30, 2013
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Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
#1
I'm new to cycling in Japan and live in Sagamihara, Kanagawa! I was hoping a dew of you may be able to give me some info on great rides to take/ general bike maps for the Kanto region!
I'm also looking for a few people to ride with ( I'm just getting into road cycling so I'm a little slow and out of shape)

Thanks for your help,
Dwalsh
 

Dwalsh

Cruising
Sep 30, 2013
8
1
13
28
Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
#6
GrantT,
Thank you for the great link! This is going to help me out greatly!

Bloaker,
How steep is Yabitsu? I'm really just getting into road cycling and don't want to overdue it too soon.

FarEast,
I'm only about .5km from route 16 ( about 2Km from machida), which parts do you recommend? I noticed it can get very busy!

Doug3,
Thank you for the welcoming!

Thank you all for your help, I'm really happy to have joined TCC, the user base is very friendly and helpful! Hope to run into you when I'm out cycling!
 

bloaker

Maximum Pace
Nov 14, 2011
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1,207
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Miura, Japan
#7
Yabitsu North is not too steep, just lasts a while.
Yabitsu south is steep and for someone with my fitness a real challenge.

On the ride up, there seems to be a lot of places you could go off and explore a bit.

Actually, when you get to the big lake, there seems to be a lot of roads you could just go an explore while you get your legs under you.
I am on the mend from a knee injury - so when i get back riding, I will be off pace for a bit. I can try to let you know when I will be out that way just riding new roads while getting my fitness back
 

GrantT

Maximum Pace
Oct 2, 2012
1,613
1,192
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Setagaya
#8
Yabitsu from the North is not that steep like bloaker says. From my one experience it goes through some dense forest and tends to stay wet. As it doesn't get much direct sunlight the route might feel quite cold at this time of year. Good fun though.
 

joewein

Maximum Pace
Oct 25, 2011
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Setagaya, Tokyo
joewein.net
#12
I look forward to doing it in the summer next year when it's a bit warmer!
Perhaps this will be your first summer in Japan?

You'll be cooked! :D You'll appreciate every bit of shade you can get under the foliage on the ride up.

I did a Takao-Yabitsu ride on Aug 31 and according to my Garmin 500 it got as high as 43 C, but from comparing to thermometers installed by the roadside in various places I have reason to believe that my Garmin typically over-reads by as much as 4 C. More likely it was a mere 39 C.

Spring and autumn are really nice for cycling here and winter is OK if you're dressed properly. Even the summer is survivable if you drink enough and don't push too hard. Early and late rides are good too.
 

GrantT

Maximum Pace
Oct 2, 2012
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Setagaya
#13
Nice one. I can recommend the Doshi Michi route for great views on a clear day too (skip the first hill though). The first half is hard work, but the second half is a breeze. Navigation is as easy as it gets.