The first stage of my cycle trip (Amanohashidate to Ine) was mostly flat, but the second day seemed to be all up and down - hot work in the summer sun. To make matters worse, I hardly got any sleep because I heard a bear in the middle of the night! Even so, the ride around the cliffs to the lighthouse was exhilarating, and the magnificent views worth every uphill haul. After the lighthouse came a series of rocky bays strung together by ridiculously steep roads. I was determined to find a camping ground for my second night, which I finally did, at Kotohikihama-kakezu Camping Ground.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.