Is it true that Tonegawa's cycling path extends from Edogawa to the Pacific ocean? I am looking to take a couple days to travel this and would like to know what I am getting myself in to. Your help would be appreciated.
There is also a section at the 100km mark (Noda Golf course) that you have to get off and onto the roads... from that point to the golf course in Abiko where route six crosses.. the country rice paddy road is pretty dangerous. Basically you have about 5km of negotiating the roads till you get back to the path.
Funny, I thought there was an equipment area. Does anyone have a suggestion for places to look for and buy panniers and other equipment. About the best place I know of is Seo Cycle at Harumi, but don't recall seeing any panniers there. I live in Edogawa-ku, so anywhere between the center of Tokyo and Edogawa is ideal.
They have a few road bike regulars so they should have some good stuff or they will show you a lot of catalogues and you can order something in. I can't remember the owner's name right now but he is a great guy...
I did it in Golden Week 2010.
Very flat....thank God!
I found this site to be a huge help: http://www9.plala.or.jp/tourjapan/index.html
I would definitely recommend this tour.
Basically it's a riverside course except for some parts where you have to go on the road.The last part,Choshi is very urban but the traffic is spartan.
You can pitch your tent wherever you want along the river,nobody will bother you.
The best part for me was pitching my tent under the flightpath to Narita(No flights after 10~11 PM) and watching them coming in with headlights blazing with a beer in hand.Simply awesome.
I hope you have a great time.
IIRC, heading toward Agatsuma you get a sidewalk not a CR but I've only driven that. From Shibukawa to Numata I recommend getting on Rt 255 which is on the opposite side to busy Rt 17. Great views. Riding up to Fukiware Falls is a must. If you want to reduce the climb on Rt 120 a bit then take Rt 62 and Rt 257 for a nice quieter ride that cuts off ~200m elevation.