Step 8: I found food on the road and in parks

Here is a list of edibles I found-
  • Nettle- a nice green vegetable- if you can pick it without getting stung.
  • Mushrooms- I did successfully identify a few, but don't you go trying this.
  • Rosehips- a huge, sweet fruit that you can eat fresh- on the Ohkotsk coast.
  • Berries- on the road above lake Shikotsuko
  • Chestnut trees- Asahikawa- but you have competition
  • Walnut trees- The street trees in Engaru, and in many parks
  • Asian Pear trees- in the campground park at Honbetsu
  • Potatoes and onions- on the road, dropped by trucks
  • Mugwort (medicinal herb)- for tea- everywhere on the roadside-
  • Red Clover for tea - everywhere
  • Yarrow for tea- everywhere- it also stops bleeding if applied to a wound or nosebleed.

If you fish, for goodness sakes, fish! I don't think there are many rules or any licences, but you can ask the police about it.

Other stuff I found on the road
  • Resealable aluminum bottles
  • 200 yen
  • Porn
  • Lighters that work
  • Rubber straps
  • 3 fish (!?)

<p>Hi Diane,</p><p>Found this as the top hit in <a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=bike+touring+in++japan" rel="nofollow">https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-insta...</a> . Congrats on being the #1 top hit...well deserved.</p><p>I've just finished my first tour, 12 weeks around eastern/northern europe. I'm considering Japan for my next trip (would be ~4 weeks). This was fascinating and informative. </p><p>FWIW, I've ended up using smart phone exclusively for navigation, which is probably more doable now than 5 years ago. I couldn't imagine not having it for mp3s and working around language barriers. But you have me persuaded, learning some conversational amount of Japanese would be well worth it. Also, I'm a little embarrassed to admit I had to look up 'compact crank puller', and don't know how to use one (compact or otherwise). I probably should learn before the next trip (and more about tending to bikes in general). :)</p><p>Anyways, thanks so much for writing this up!</p>
<p>How difficult would it be for a person who speaks no Japanese at all? At my age, I can't easily learn new languages and I never had an aptitude towards learning languages. But I would like to summer with my bike in a part of Japan and if Hokkaido is not too rigorous for riding, it can be a great choice, having no preset destination requirements for such a trip. Thank You for the article! </p>
<p>Hi John,</p><p>Without any language- on a scale of 1 to difficult, I would say that it would be difficult. </p><p>You don't have to become fluent, but you should probably put some time into trying if you don't want to be too frustrated. Also- Hokkaido is a place with a lot of mountains. The terrain is challenging, and the small towns are getting smaller, with even fewer people able to speak English. </p>
<p>Great report. Things are somewhat more expensive now, of course. If one is doing upwards of 125 km a day, there won't be much time for foraging, etc. I'd budget at least 1000 yen a day for food alone if cycling such distances. Cycling outside of Hokkaido is quite different, too, as was alluded to regarding the cost of camp sites. Altogether, I'd take at least 2000 US for a trip of this duration. </p>
Very impressed - even more so after realizing only around slide 8 'ish that you were/are female. More impressed. Nice job, thank you!
<p>Not sure where you're going with that (female comment), but thanks for the kudos anyway. </p>
Hi,<br><br>I would like to know how much should I budget each day for a trip like this?<br><br>Thanks
<p>I would say- budget $50/day and spend $20. That way you're covered in case stuff goes wrong. This was my second trip, and I'm a pretty advanced budgetter with some language skills. On your first trip, and especially without language skills- you'll want some comforts and some cushions. </p>
Thank you for all that advice. I went to some onsens last year on a Japanrail trip but bike camping on a shoestring sound's like a great way to do it. There's a great book called touring Californias hot springs that came in handy for a recent car camping hot springs trip i did in November last year.
Thanks for Sharing! I can understand you really enjoyed your trip in Hokkaido.
Japans an awesome PLace.<br>Its really nice no need to be scared. my cousin and his friends, when they are bored they take a train to any random destination and work their way back home. My cousin got free meals as well :D
Nice Instructable!
thank you very much. you make me want to travel (after I learn the language)...
A link to a video might be helpful in showing the hand signals you mentioned. And also how to pronounce the Japanese words you have here. Great 'ible.<br>
I was stationed at Yokosuka in the earlr 60's. I would take off on the weekends on a little 200cc Honda and travel thru Japan. Japan is a very easy and safe country to travel in. The people are great and will go out of there way to help you.
Tottally awesome...
awesome! did the same thing with my dad during this past holiday... only in china, we left shanghai and just kept going! we had planned on just sleeping in our backpacking hammocks but it turns out that's illegal in china. What isn't? however, we got bailed out by a local who told the cop we were his house guests. so overall bike-camping in Asia= great idea! as long as you hang your hammock in a discreet place. haha
Wow. Bicycle tourist? You are cool. Really cool. I cant even bike down to the local grocery. Nice job, I love this! Now I want to bike over to Japan..
You F'n rock! Keep it up and do not stop........... you animal you!
it was a fantastic write up, especially for women. thanks!
Nice write up. We live in Aomori prefecture and you are correct camping is not cheap on the main island. Being in rual Japan is nice &amp; the people are friendly.
Cool adventure, thanks for sharing!<br>You might want to include where your trip originated (guessing San Fran from Step 1), as flight cost can vary depending on location.
Done. Thanks for catching the oversight!
What a tremenous writeup! Thank you for putting this together, and for including all of the personal photos!

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