Bike Tour Nagasaki
Bike Tour Nagasaki: I would quickly learn that Kyushu is not a place for novice cyclists like myself. It was fine until I got out of Fukuoka and hills and mountains are endless on Kyushu. I was faced with quite a few mountains and hills on the way to Nagasaki, and not having a map that worked on my phone or a physical map, I used the tourist map that I got from Fukuoka which indicated roads very vaguely, and in turn, I would get lost a few times and ride up a good portion of a mountain for nothing, well, besides the jaw dropping view.
I took the conditions of the roads for granted in Japan but I noticed that there are designated bike lanes made for bikes and pedestrians which was good for a few days but I would eventually stick to the main road since there would always be small bumps going on the sidewalk and getting off the sidewalk. This in the long run would be bothersome. The streets are very narrow in Japan and lot of times, they were single lanes. Everything in Japan is actually smaller in scale and cars were smaller, hence, the small roads were big enough.
Drivers in Japan have the best driving etiquette hands down. When tractor trailer trucks are tailing you for a couple of minutes doing 20 km/h, waiting until it is completely safe to overtake me. With earphones on, I wouldn’t even be aware of them following me since they will never ever honk at you. At times, there would be multiple cars behind me, a trail of vehicles tailing me waiting for the right time to pass me up, and the whole time, not one driver dares to touch their horn. Driving etiquette in Japan is perhaps 150 years ahead of Korea. Culture shock while pedaling.
Nagasaki was definitely a memorable place. I felt like there were so much history and places to visit. I couldn’t load the fifty photos I wanted to upload because it took too long to upload.