The rest is up to each rider.
The first segment starts from the shores of lake Chuzenji, at the foot of Mt. Nantai. And then… Expect some climbing.
This second segment starts off in Fudai, the northernmost point of this edition. Entrants will ride a 110 km segment on small, good and hilly roads, leaving the lowlands behind them.
You will head, across the Prefecture of Yamagata, for the west side of Honshu. The Sea of Japan is within reach. Vegetation becomes denser, and roads less « rolling ».
The segment starts from the observatory near the peak of the Mount Nyukasa. 127 kilometers, 3 climbs, and winding one-lane mountain byroads await the entrants.
Be prepared for magnificent views.
Turn off the road 226 and you will be riding alone on an used tarmac road, on the border between the Prefectures of Nara and Mie.
Narrow, stone bordered trails, in dense forests. Kumano Kodo is an ancient pilgrimage route connecting three sacred sites. You may have to walk…and push the bike. Only for 3 or 4 kilometers.
Be prepared for beauty and spirituality.
You are now on Shikoku, the smallest and least populous of Japan main islands.
This segment start in the village of Kamikatsu.
It is the beast.
In terms of mileage. In terms of elevation gain.
Oh, and there are also some gravel sections as well.
Rivers, gorges, climbs, the inimitable landscape of central Shikoku.
Expect backroad bliss, while you’re heading for the coast and the next ferry.
It is the last segment before flying towards the North of Kyūshū Island and the finish line.
But…it must be earned. Be prepared for a series of epic climbs.