UPDATE: Typhoon 19

There will be no posts today. Nabari is at caution level 4 for flooding.

I am prepairing just encase evacuation is called.

Stay safe everyone.

Very quickly, large parts of Japan are under emergency warning:

Nabari lake

Time for a bike ride, I have the spot to go to

Occasionally finding something to do in small town Japan is hard- you have no interest in the arcade, there is some tourist sites but you may encounter tourists, and if you go to the supermarket again, people might start to think you work there.

The answer to your problems is a bike rider, either type will do (but I do like to challenge myself with the hills!).

The next problem is where to go? If you’re in Nabari, try going to the lake, it’s a wonderful challenge.

A bit of background information, Nabari is an extremely hilly city- no matter where you go you’ll come across a hill. Going to the lake from the train station, there are 5 large hills to climb. But once you have made it- the views are wonderful.

The picture was taken at the viewing area near the start of the my journey- in front of a wonderful little café.

The entire course around the lake is 15 km and it goes into Nara-ken as well. Along the way, there are several viewing areas and picnic areas that would make a wonderful day out- and it is extremely popular with Japanese families.

On the way back, you’ll come across Nabari dam- quite an impressive piece of engineering where there is a road on top. All in all, not a bad way to spend a day (I may have broken the speed limit cycling downhill though).

As always, thank you for reading and happy exploring.

Hibiki’s bakery, Nabari

A little bread slice of happiness

A lovely baker in Nabari, Mie

As part of my work, I travel around Mie a lot and I live in Nabari city- small town Japan. One thing that many don’t realise is that small town Japan is a different world to ‘tourist’ Japan.

If you have heard of Nabari, perhaps it is because it is the big station before Yamato-Yagi on the Kintetsu line, but regardless of this, Hibiki’s bakery is a little gem located 1.5 km from the train station and down the hill from city hall- near the MOS burger.

Why am I pushing for this place? Because it is delicious, reasonably priced and the best bread I have had in Japan. Additionally, to always seems quite and I want it to stay in business!!

In addition to this, the coffee is really good and they sell fresh sandwiches, cakes, macha muffins, and so much more. If you can and you’re in the area- check it out, its worth both the time and money to get there. Don’t worry it’s not an expensive place either.

Thank you for reading and happy exploring.