No.52 — KYOTO（2016）
Kyoto by Bike from City to Sea
By LUCAS B.B.
One thing is certain. Kyoto is Japan’s most beautiful, livable and frequently visited city. The Kyoto many of us know is dotted with ancient architecture and traditional Japanese culture; some of the most popular examples include: Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Kiyomizu-Dera, Nijo Castle and the Nishiki Market in the heart of Kyoto’s shopping district. However, beyond these splendid national treasures and beyond the mountains surrounding the city lies a Kyoto virtually unexplored.
Traveling to the ‘far side’ of Kyoto is to discover a new land. And once you have traveled so far that there is no longer any remaining land to travel you’ll further be confounded to realize that Kyoto has a glimmering sea! The Sea of Japan. This issue of Papersky is an exploration via bicycle from Kyoto’s ‘City to Sea’.
Regular readers of Papersky already know we are avid bicycle; fans, lovers, riders and supporters. And many Papersky followers also know that we host three special bicycle events each year in various rural communities as part of an ongoing series of rides called the ‘Papersky Tour de Nippon’. With our rides it is always our mission to re-discover Japan and it’s vibrant local cultures. So we took this same philosophy and decided to create a Kyoto, ‘City to Sea’, issue and re-discover Kyoto via a 6 day bicycle ride taking us over several mountain ranges and carrying us a total distance of approximately 320 kilometers.
On average we traveled about 60 kilometers a day. A very ‘doable’ pace. Lodging wise we spent three nights camping and the remaining two nights we stayed with the locals. We designed the trip specifically so you, the reader, can do it! All of the information you need including places to stay, what to pack, where to eat and the route to ride are included in the story. So get reading, get inspired, find or rent a bike and prepare to discover a Kyoto you never knew existed.
PAPERSKY Soundtrack For Travelers
A list of Songs to enjoy over a cup of coffee, while driving, and of course while flipping through the pages of the Kyoto edition of Papersky.
GOOD NEIGHBORS’ MUSIC VENDER
- MY FAVORITE THINGS / Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti
- MADO WO YOKOGIRU KUMO / Kimiko Kasai
- KAMI WO HODOITE(Instrumental) / bird
- AMBER COLORED CITY, THE MORNING OF THE THE SHANGHAI CRAB / Quruli
- STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER / Ichiko Aoba and The Fairies
- RUBY TUESDAY(Instrumental) / yanokami
- YIN AND YANG / Minoru Muraoka
- THE GARDEN OF RYOANJI / Section
- IN A LANDSCAPE(Solo Piano) / John Cage & Sylvano Bussotti
- MAS QUE NADA / Bossa Free