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    Default Golden Week 2018

    I'll be back in Japan for Golden Week (4/45-5/9, actually) and trying to think of riding destinations. Any of you have GW favorites?

    I've been on some great roads in Shizuoka with a friend there during my past couple of fall visits. Also did a classic car run up to Lake Okutama during last year's trip.

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    Default Golden Week 2018

    Lots of stuff actually
    Early may cmac does his twisty butt ride.
    There's a bunch of riders in the kansai area that go do a rindo ride and camp in Shikoku I think that's 3-4 days. Some friends and I also do a ride and camp for 5 days Wakayama, Shikoku, Hiroshima.
    So I think you'll have no problem finding a ride or two to join.
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    Racer, is a rindo ride something like an adventure ride? I found this video:


    Also, check your PMs. I thought I had responded to your PM, but I didn't see it in the sent box so I had to do another one. Gomen nee.

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    Racer, how do you find out where the free campsites are located?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToraTora View Post
    Racer, how do you find out where the free campsites are located?
    Finding free camping often isn't difficult. Google is actually good the mapples will show camping.
    And I believe people here might be able to point some depending where your headed.



    Quote Originally Posted by ToraTora View Post
    Racer, is a rindo ride something like an adventure ride? I found this video:


    Also, check your PMs. I thought I had responded to your PM, but I didn't see it in the sent box so I had to do another one. Gomen nee.
    Rindo is like that I guess there are people who can answer that better than me as I'm not a rindo rider. But generally they ride off road gravel or dirt roads and paths and maybe some paved stuff.
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    林道(りんどう)= a forestry road, logging road. Rin means "woods," and Dou means "road."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToraTora View Post
    Racer, is a rindo ride something like an adventure ride?
    From here: http://www.gaijinriders.com/showthre...T-job-in-japan

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cash View Post
    I think that maybe foreigners use "rindo" in a much looser sense than it is used in Japanese, which would make that question seem quite natural. While it does directly translate as "forest road" and English speakers in Japan seem to use it for any unpaved path, in Japanese it is the name of a category of public road.

    Just as in the states you have:

    National highway
    State highway
    County road
    City street

    which all denote which level of government is responsible for the funding/upkeep on a road, there are categories of road in Japan which denote who is responsible for them and various standards such as level of upkeep.

    "Rindo" is at the bottom of the heap when it comes to the standards for the level of upkeep, and they range from beautifully paved very nice roads down to unpaved, washed out, heavily rutted, cowpaths strewn with years of fallen leaf debris and fallen rocks.

    Because "rindo" are public roads, you will know you're on one because there are signs marking them as "rindo".

    There are also usually signs marking private roads as private property. These are not "rindo", even though they are roads through the forest. Are also usually marked against trespassing. It helps to learn to read the language just a little bit.
    This is marked as a rindo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbgaKKXZYh4
    As is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVo1RRtwiZc
    But this is a prefectural road (which ended up being impassable): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6MqAPPTpn0

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToraTora View Post
    Racer, how do you find out where the free campsites are located?
    I know you're a Japanese comic/cartoon nut, and that you do have some Japanese skills. Did you try googling 無料 キャンプ場 ?

    Takes about five seconds to find a map with a shit ton of them.

    https://www.hatinosu.net/camp/

    Click on the prefecture name beneath the map and it opens a page with individual listings and a clear indication of free sites (blue) and sites that charge (red).

    Same site you go to if you want a list of rider houses:

    https://www.hatinosu.net/house/

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    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for that—I can see I'll spend a lot of time on that site.

    There are some anime shows that I like a lot such as Bakuon!!, and K-On!! (maybe they have to have two exclamations in their name). I can hold a very basic conversation in Japanese, well I use to be able to do so, but it's been many years, and my Japanese has gotten quite weak. Still with the written word I'm pretty much at ZERO, or zen zen. :P

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