How to do a motorbike trip through Japan ?30 September 2020
Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It attracts millions of tourists every year and many monuments are listed in the UNESCO Heritage sites. Why not using a motorbike to visit this beautiful country in a free way?
Japan: a country of motorbikers
As you should know, Japan is well known for his motorbikes brands: Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, etc. These enterprises have built a country of motorbikers. Most of the roads are adapted to the practice of 2 wheels. Riding on those roads will allow you to take time to admire the beauty of those lands.
The first place where bikers go where they travel to Japan is Hokkaïdo: the biggest island in the whole country where there are no big cities. Indeed, even the fauna and the flora are still not impacted by human being. On this island, you can experience a multitude of landscapes: mountains, fields, river coast, sea coast, etc.
By the way, when you are going to cross mountains, don’t forget that Japan has freezing cold weather. We recommend you to measure wind chill before starting your trip over the mountains.
How to rent a motorbike in Japan?
Renting a bike in Japan is not that complicated but you have to possess all the need files. To ride a vehicle in all of the country you will need a driving licence that has been traduced in Japanese. You can do it by going on the Japan Automobile Federation or for few dollars on Internet. Then, you will be able to rent a car or a bike in Japan. You have to know, by the way, that you will need two years of driving licence to rent a bike over 50 cm3.
In another way, the rules for drivers may be different from your country. In Japan, being two on a bike in a highway is not allowed for safety reasons, the maximum speed is set up to 100 km/h.
Many “rider houses” along the trip
Due to the quality of the services and the quality of the roads, Japan has become one of the greatest countries for bikers. Through the island of Hokkaïdo, you will find many “riders houses” that can bring you shelter for a night and for a drink. Beware of those things, quickly you will see that the omnipresence of Kombinis (a Japanese market that stays open for 24/7) is going to make things a lot easier for your trip.