We joined the mad Obon rush out of Tokyo on the busiest day of the mass exodus. Usually the thought of joining the throngs is more than either of our patience can put up with. After experiencing the throngs this year, I can see why we usually take our summer holidays later... It took almost 9 hours to reach Onikoube - our destination for day 1, less than 400km from Tokyo. It's a bit clearer here - https://maps.google.com.au/?ie=UTF8&hl=en
|From Tokyo to the north of Tochigi is three laned dual carraige way.|
The traffic crawled, there was some relief at being on a bike and being able to go through the traffic.
|Onikobe is a ski resort - it was expensive, but the food was great, |
and more importantly they actually had space available when I booked
two days prior to going...