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Will you be in Hokkaido? We toured there extensively this summer and cycled through several dozen tunnels: here our findings. They might apply to other parts of Japan. Newest tunnels on big roads have wide side pavements where you can (and possibly are supposed to) cycle. Safety is not an issue but you might have to dismount to make it on the pavement and ...


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According to this Tokyo Metro Police Department (警視庁 Keishichō) web page on bicycle rules, the pet peeve of the authorities in Japan with regard to right turning cyclists is the practice of just going like cars through the turn. Three cases are specified, which all share the common theme that the cyclist, second class creature that it is, must turn right by ...


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Japan has relatively modest vehicle emission regulations - certainly not to EU standards. The worst that I experienced is diesel soot from buses and trucks. Luckily, rural Japan has depopulated to the extent that you can generally route in a way to avoid traffic. As far as tunnels go... For shorter tunnels, there's not much you can do except hold your ...


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As a regular cyclist in Japan here is my advice. Note that I used a blue circle instead of a green one, because the green doesnt exist. For what it matters, japanese refer to green lights are blue anyway (even tho they are clearly green). You often encounter this kind of crossings in big cities: Intersection > 3 lanes perpendicular roads with turn right ...


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As you know, "Mom Bikes" (mamachari, ママチャリ) are huge in Japan. It's not unusual to find some with three sets of child seats (in front of handlebars, behind handlebars, and behind seat). Many contemporary mamachari now are electric assist, which is great. Note that even when a dad rides a mom bike, it's still called a mom bike. A quick sidenote: child ...


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TL;DR I feel trailers are a safer option for small children, but the circumstances of your commute may mean that a trailer is not an option or is a huge inconvenience. In that case, I believe that a mechanic installed child seat is/can be just as safe as a "factory" installed child seat and likely far less expensive than a new bike. I (personally) don't ...


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I toured Shikoku recently. I was also nervous about the tunnels, but had no problems at all. Japanese drivers are very safe and polite, and on Shikoku seem very cautious in tunnels due to the many pilgrims walking the island's 88 temples: http://i.imgur.com/4fsIG1a.jpg I don't recall the air being particularly bad, either. Most tunnels also have sidewalks. ...


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