Izu-Oshima training 07/07-08

Gunjira

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I plan to head to Oshima for a mini training camp this weekend. Oshima is perfect for cycling and could be called Japan's Mallorca. Almost no traffic, beautiful ocean views and the active vulcano makes for a 600m climb.

Transportation:
Overnight Ferry from Takeshiba pier Tokyo, leaving fri 23:00 and arriving in Oshima by 5am (cost ~4000yen)
Return 7/7(Sun) 13:20-17:00
*rinkobag necessary

Reservation is handled by Tokaikisen
Optional jet ferry that takes just 90mins is also available for twice the price. It leaves by 4pm on Sunday and gives you three more hours of riding time.

I know a perfect spot for wild camping on the island right by the ocean with showers and toilets nearby, but there is also an official campsite and numerous pensions.

While there are no conbinis, there are some supermarkets and great options for eating fresh fish.

All in all a great trip for little money. I've got reservations for the boat and will be going of the weather forecast looks good enough on Friday. I welcome anybody interested in joining.
 

Mike

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Gunjira, why don't you give a bit less notice! sounds like a good trip, do you take a tent with you or just sleep under the stars? i cant join this one but let me know if you plan to go again with a bot more notice!
 

Gunjira

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Mike, I was counting on you ;) Sorry about the timing though, I just decided on this last night. (and I will cancel if it looks like rain on Saturday - there is no deposit on ferry reservation)

I'll bring my hammock, but the place I have in mind are basically three big roofed concrete tables by the ocean, so you could go with air mattress and sleeping bag only
 

FarEast

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Actually guys this sounds perfect for a TCC Tour de Oshima race :D

Have to agree that this is Japan's Mallorca and its something I've been wanting to do for some time also - Mike this is a ride I mentioned to you some time ago and we can actually catch the ferry from Kurihama in Yokosuka.

If i had some more notice I would have been 100% in on this as like i said its a ride I've been wanting to do for some time.
 

Gunjira

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That's what I thought as well when I read the suggestion to have a Tcc event on some kind of loop course. The loop around the island is 50k with about 500m of elevation difference without doing the climb up the volcano.
I'll scout out some/all of the none main roads this weekend.
 

AlanW

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I'm racing this weekend but would be up for a repeat of this trip in the future.

The crater rim hike is pretty cool too if you have the time and some walking shoes.

AW.
 

Deej

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Wow, this looks like a lot of fun. I can't make it this weekend, but like Alan, I'd be interested in a future visit!

Deej
 

Mike

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Geez Gunfire, I've been in suspense waiting for your update with pics for days! This has been more riveting than the tour this year:p
 

Gunjira

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Thanks for the reminder! I transitioned right back into work, with no time to spare (arrangement for Gunma this WE, toeic yesterday. But it was amazing, here's a preview pic: