Aomori here but I drop in occasionally to check things out. Have biked most of the Kanto, Tohoku and Hokkaido so if you have any touring questions feel free to ask. I ride road and mtb and commute to work usually by bike,even today, -5 degrees.
i haven't been there but this is apparently the most stolen road sign in the world. picture stolen from wikipedia.:welcome:
PS: interesting avatar you're using... that seems to be a village in my home country, lol.