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はじめに

2019.12.31.14:00

このブログは、東京とその郊外で、
少人数の自転車ツアーを企画・運営している


Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour

の主宰者、秋山岳志が執筆しています。

都内ツアーは、浅草近くの三ノ輪から、
隅田川、浅草、かっぱ橋、日暮里などをまわり、
レトロな商店街で食べ歩きも楽しむ約4時間のツアーです。

郊外ツアーは、霞ケ浦、潮来、足利の3カ所で、
自然と歴史を楽しむツアーを企画しています。
こちらでは、現地の食材を使った料理をランチにしております。

詳細は、こちらを見ていただくか、
以下までメールをお送りください。
info1@trailfinders.jp


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Hello!
The articles here are produced by
Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour.


We organize bike tour
in the central Tokyo and around Tokyo.


●Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour ~Central Tokyo~ (Half day)
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On this tour, we are happy to show you back streets in Tokyo.
We give you an insight in the life of the local people.

You will explore old shopping malls which people there daily visit,
as well asJapanese traditional religious places, such as Shinto shrines.

On the way, we will stop inside shopping malls and enjoy local snacks.
and cycle back to our Cycle cafe Minowa.

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●Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour ~Around Tokyo~ (One day)
On this tour, we are happy to show you an insight of rural life.

You will explore paddy fields, picturesque lakes and more.

Other than those, the guide will take you a “labyrinth”, narrow pathways in the town.
This part of the tour will give you a very good impression
about the daily life of the local people.

You will also see traditional Japanese religious sites,
such as temples, Shinto shrines and so on.

Finally, we will arrive at a station where we started in the morning.

We have 3 tour courses;

→Kasumigaura Lake
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→Itako
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→Ashikaga
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Any enquiries, please send a mail below;
info1@trailfinders.jp



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そのほか、私個人のサイクリングや自転車通勤のレポートと同時に、
自転車をめぐる環境、インフラ、法整備などについての問題点も指摘しています。

2012年12月、
ここ数年の取材を元に単行本を発行しました。
『自転車が街を変える』 (集英社新書)

ご一読いただければ幸いです。


使っている自転車はラレー・クラブスポーツ(クロスバイク)、
ブロンプトンM3L(折りたたみ)、ウィリエール・モンテグラッパ(ロードバイク)。

このブログのほかに、以下2つを書き続けております。
●『機関車トーマス』とイギリス鉄道遺産
●英国運河をナローボートで旅するには?


これまで執筆してきた単行本
     

編著
女子のりもの系就職図鑑女子のりもの系就職図鑑
(2008/11)
東京乗り物研究会

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tag : ラレー ブロンプトン

ツアーで、浅草ほうずき市へ Bike tour to the Lantan festival at Asakusa, Tokyo

2019.07.23.09:26

東京在住のお客様を、
自転車ツアーで浅草のほうずき市などにお連れしたときの記事です。

We had a cycle tour for a Japanese lady.
She has participated our tour before, but she wanted to cycle again on another course.
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Inside a traditional shopping mall, she was interested in a vegetable shop which sold pickles.
Pickles are our traditional foods, fermented in bran for long time. She and I bought some there.
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After cycled a couple of hours, we had a break at the “Den”,
a very Japanese style coffee shop near Asakusa.
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A thick toast with about 15 cm astonished us so much!
It contained brown sauce with beef and mushrooms inside the toast.
I think it is suitable for 2 or 3 persons.

In the Sensoji temple, Asakusa, it had the “Houzuki Ichi”, Chinese Lantern Plant Market,
which is annually held in the beginning of July.
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There are so many stalls to sell lanterns in the temple.
We Japanese traditionally believe that lanterns can remove your sickness and keep your body healthy.
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I personally love this market so much that
I took a bike tour guest there to show how the market was.
Anyone who want to see it next year, please ask us.
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When we went back to the cycle cafe (our base),
we took a taxi because I bought a plant, which made me difficult to cycle by myself.
Fortunately, our bikes were foldable and easy to store inside car boots.
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After the tour ended, we popped in the Moritaya liquor shop,
which was small but had good choice for Sake. We tasted some Sake at a bar inside this shop.
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We walked to next place, the “Asunaro”, a cozy Izakaya restaurant near by.
Although it might be difficult to find it on websites,
it is popular for local people there
because they serve fine Sake as well as yummy foods with low price.
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As you see the photo, when you order a Sake, they show some “Ochoko”,
tiny glasses, and you choose one for drinking Sake.

A Sake sommelier is lovely lady who has deep knowledge about
Sake. She does not speak English well, however, you may find her nice character and hospitality.
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We know a few nice Izakaya around our cycle base.
If you want to try Sake and Japanese food there after our bike tour, please ask us.

●Moritaya Liquor shop
http://www11.plala.or.jp/s-morimori/index/toppu.html
★Cycle Cafe Minowa (our cycle base)
http://cycle-gym.com/

theme : 自転車
genre : 趣味・実用

tag : Backstreets Tokyo

アメリカからのお客様 Guests from U.S.A.

2019.07.11.15:02

アメリカは、カリフォルニアからいらっしゃった母娘の方をご案内しました。
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お天気もほどほどによく、
雲のおかげで暑くもなく、
気持ちよくサイクリングできました。

少し日本語がおできにもなる娘さんは、
ご自宅で犬を飼っていることもあり、
立ち寄った酒屋の前に座っていたダックスフンドにとても興味を持たれていました。

We had a cycle tour for a lady and her daughter from California, the U.S.A.
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Leaving our cycle cafe,
although we visited the Matsuchiyama Tenjin temple, Imado Shrine and Sumida river as usual,
the Chomeiji Sakuramochi shop which we usually have a tea break here was closed.
Thus we had a break at the Kototoi Dango shop.
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Dango, a skewered sweet dumpling, is one of the Japanese traditional sweets. Since established about 160 years ago, Dango of this shop has been being popular as a souvenir of Tokyo.
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At the Kappabashi Dougu street, they bought a knife which was handmade in Japan.
There are a few knives shop there.
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Then, we cycled on backstreets of Tokyo,
through the Nippori textile street, and finally reached shopping malls in Arakawa area.

The daughter bought some Japanese stationary at a shop.
She said she was so happy because those were much more expensive in the U.S.
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Before we arrived at the cycle cafe,
we popped in the Moritaya Liquor shop, which was small but had good choice for Sake.
The daughter was very interested in their dog sitting in front of the shop,
because she had a dog in her home as well.
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We thank them to join our tour, and hope a pleasant time to stay in Japan.

●Matsuchiyama Tenjin temple
http://www.matsuchiyama.jp/english.html
●Imado Shrine
https://imadojinja1063.crayonsite.net/
●Kototoi Dango shop
http://www.kototoidango.co.jp/
●Kappabashi Dougu street
http://www.kappabashi.or.jp/en/index.html
●Moritaya Liquor shop
http://www11.plala.or.jp/s-morimori/index/toppu.html
★Cycle Cafe Minowa (our cycle base)
http://cycle-gym.com/

theme : 自転車
genre : 趣味・実用

tag : Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour

オーストラリアからのお客様 Guests from Australia

2019.07.10.09:28

オーストラリアのシドニーから、
お母さんと息子さん2名のツアーをご案内しました。

初めての日本で、私たちのツアーにまず参加していただいたそうで、
ありがたいことです。

息子さんはプロミュージシャンを目指すピアニストで、
クラシック音楽の話題でも盛り上がりました。


We had a cycle tour for a lady and her son from Sydney, Australia.
It was cloudy, but luckily no rain.
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Leaving our cycle cafe,
we visited the Matsuchiyama Tenjin temple, Imado Shrine and Sumida river.
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Then, we had a break at the Chomeiji Sakuramochi shop along the river.
Sakuramochi is one of the Japanese traditional sweets made of flour,
beans paste and cherry leaves.
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About 300 years ago this shop invented Sakuramochi,
then it has been being popluar all around the country.
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We then went to Asakusa area and encountered the “Tanabata” festival
on the street there.
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Tanabata is one of the celebrations,
sometimes called “the Star festival” from anciently China.

Then, we cycled on backstreets of Tokyo,
through the Nippori textile street, and finally reached shopping malls in Arakawa area.

We strolled inside them and tried some street foods.
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They found that Tempra is the best for them among the food which they ate.
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After we arrived at the cycle cafe,
we had a dinner together at the Izakaya restaurant “Kimagureya” near the cafe.
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The owner there has tremendous knowledge about Sake,
and he is also a excellent chef.
They really enjoyed a Sake and food there.
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We thank them to join our tour, and hope a pleasant time to stay in Japan.

●Matsuchiyama Tenjin temple
http://www.matsuchiyama.jp/english.html
●Imado Shrine
https://imadojinja1063.crayonsite.net/
●Chomeiji Sakuramochi shop
https://sakura-mochi.com/
●Nippori textile street
https://www.nippori-senigai.com/
★Cycle Cafe Minowa (our cycle base)
http://cycle-gym.com/

theme : 自転車
genre : 趣味・実用

tag : Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour

イギリスから、ご家族連れのお客様 Family guests from the U.K.

2019.07.08.10:28

イギリスから来られた4人家族のお客様を、
下町自転車ツアーにお連れしました。

最初は小雨で、ウォーキングツアーからスタートしましたが、
途中で雨も上がり、短い時間ですが、自転車に乗っていただけました。

残りの日本滞在も、楽しんでいただければと思います。


A family from the United Kingdom, now visiting Japan, joined our cycle tour.
4 of them, 2 lovely daughters and parents, arrived in Japan a few weeks ago,
then visited several places, and finally reached Tokyo.
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They booked our tour in the central Tokyo,
however, it was raining on the date.
So that, we decided to organize a walking tour instead.

We started the tour in Asakusa, then walked to Kappabashi Dougu (tools) street and Nippori.
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In Nippori, we had Ramens for lunch as one of the girls requested.
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It seemed that they were surprised to see a vending machine for food tickets in front of the Ramen restaurant
because it is not common in their country.
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After lunch, we strolled in the Yanaka Ginza, a old shopping mall near Nippori railway station.
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Then, we took a train to move to our cycle cafe in Minowa.
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When we arrived at the cafe,
it was cloudy and little rain, and we found it can be alright for cycling.
Thus, we prepared our bikes.
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Leaving the cafe, we visited the "Moritaya",
a small liquor shop, which sells a a few kinds of Sake from various areas in Japan as well as other spirits such as Shochu.
・Moritaya 森田屋酒店
https://www.facebook.com/sakemoritaya/
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We cycled along the tramway which only 1 line exists in Tokyo.
Amazingly one of the family members, a dad,
was so interested in railways that we took them to to tram base nearby.

We popped in some street food shops.
At Tempra shop the "Tenfuji", the girls bought apples and ate them in the shopping mall.
・Tenfuji 天ふじ
https://www.facebook.com/tenfuji3/
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We thank them to join our tour this time,
and we hope they enjoy Tokyo during the rest of their stay.
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http://trailfinders.jp
enquiries and booking: info1@trailfinders.jp

theme : 自転車
genre : 趣味・実用

tag : Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour

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1963年生まれ。
東京都在住。
家族は妻と2人の息子。

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