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By Bike Around Bando and Chichibu By Tony Gibb
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By Bike around Bando and Chichibu records the progress of a trip along the Bando and Chichibu Buddhist pilgrim trails on a folding bike. The trip was the fourth of such travels with journeys along... More > the O-Shikoku, the Saigoku and the Chugoku pilgrim paths preceding it. The Bando pilgrimage starts in Kamakura and traverses around and through Tokyo, past Mt Tsukuba and ending up on the Boso Peninsula east of Tokyo Bay. The Chichibu is a compact pilgrim path through Saitama Prefecture. Both routes pass through areas of rural Japan where non-Japanese tourists rarely penetrate. The text is supported by many colour photos of the route and maps showing the locations passed.< Less
By Bike Around Saigoku By Tony Gibb
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By Bike Around Saigoku describes a journey along the Saigoku Kannon Buddhist pilgrimage route, undertaken in November 2011 on a folding bike. The book contains many colour photos of some of the most... More > beautiful temples in Japan along a route that includes Amanohashidate, one of Japan's top internal tourist destinations. It goes through Kyoto, Nara and across and around Lake Biwa. It ends in a visit to Mt Hiei outside of Kyoto and the Enrakuji emple complex at the top of Mt Hiei.< Less
By Bike Around Chugoku By Tony Gibb
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The Chugoku pilgrimage of Buddhist temples in western Japan runs from the vicinity of Himeji down the South west coast of Honshu and back up the North west coast to Tottori. This book recounts... More > experiences of undertaking the pilgrimage with a folding bike in April 2012. The journey included 37 temples of significance in the Chugoku region, which includes a large section of the coast of the Inland Sea and of the coast of the Sea of Japan. It was undertaken in the cherry blossom season and the book contains many colur photos of the temples of the route and of particular scenic attractions such as the shrines of Itsukushima and Izumo, Matsue and Kintaikyo Bridge.< Less
By Bike Around Shikoku By Tony Gibb
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By Bike around Shikoku records the daily experience of following the route of the Bhuddhist Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage on a small folding bike. This journey was undertaken in September 2010 and was... More > planned as a compromise between the rigours of a walking pilgrimage and the comfort of a bus or car pilgrimage. It takes the reader into one of the lovliest and least touristy areas of Japan. Shikoku's population is shrinking and aging and its way of life maintains some virtues and simplicities no longer found in the big Japanese cities. The text is accompanied by many colour photos of the pilgrimage route.< Less
By Bike Around Hokkaido By Tony Gibb
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This book describes a cycling tour around the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan, following the pilgrimage path - Hokkaido Kannon 33 Reijo. The journey took about three weeks and covered 2800kms... More > from Hakodate to Sapporo and Asahikawa, up to Wakkanai and down the East Coast to Nemuro and Kushiro. The text is enhanced by many colour photos of the temples and aspects of Japanese life not found in the more conventional tourist areas.< Less