Route Advice to Suruga Bay

Pisces

Cruising
Dec 15, 2007
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#1
I will bicycle to Suruga Bay Thursday midnight from Zama city.
I can't decide if i should follow route 246 or 1.
Can anyone please let me know which route better for midnight to early morning bicycling? Less crowded with trucks and better lighted.
Or if you know a better route.
Thanks all,
Chris
 

joewein

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Oct 25, 2011
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Setagaya, Tokyo
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#2
I would avoid R246 at all costs. R1 is a little better where I've used it. Neither would be my first choice.

In May I cycled from Machida down to Enoshima and on to Odawara, Gotemba and Numazu, all at night time. My route down to the coast mostly followed R42, then west along the coast and through quiet back roads from Odawara over to Numazu, with only a few km on R246.

Here's the complete route:
http://ridewithgps.com/trips/659557

There's also a small river with a bike path between Enoshima and Yamato. You totally avoid truck traffic, but you need decent lights at night:
http://ridewithgps.com/trips/755098

For any night time rides outside of town I'd recommend good lights. My bike has a dynamo hub and a Lumotec IQ Cyo headlight.

Good luck and be safe!
 

FarEast

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May 25, 2009
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Yokohama
#3
agrere with Joe - route 246 is nasty and only recommended if you are a very fast rider. I use it to commute in to Tokyo as there is very little stopping compared to route 1 but aas Joe points out, there are much better roads to travel.