At Samurai Sports Japan, we have viewers and participants from all over the world. One thing that unites us all is an interest or passion to compete (or just complete!) in Japan. Whether you're a weekend runner, a die-hard cyclist, or an age group triathlete, many of you are curious about the potential of combining a vacation with participation in a sporting event. In Travelers, we we ask a few questions to the men and women who have traveled the seas, crossed the finish line, and explored Japan.
Which race did you come to Japan for and why did you pick that race?
I travelled to Japan for my first Ironman in Hokkaido 2015. I picked this race hoping the climate would be slightly cooler than the heat I was training and racing in in Singapore. I also wanted to do a scenic race and was not disappointed on that front. The hilly bike course however turned out to be way too tough for me, so it was quite hard to enjoy the scenery during the bike leg. The run was gorgeous, set along lake Toya.
Was it your first time in Japan and how long did you stay?
This was my first visit to Japan. I stayed 10 days but would've loved to stay longer. I promised my kids that next time I would bring them along.
Tell us about the highlight (or two) of your trip.
The cycling was awesome. Such amazing scenery. I hiked up the Niseko Annupuri Summit, which was amazing but not recommended the day after an Ironman. I spent the descent going mostly on my rear end as my legs couldn't hold me. I loved the view over to Mount Yotei. I am also a fan of Japanese cuisine. I think I spent my whole trip eating my way around.
What did you find annoying about your time in Japan?
I found accommodation to be quite expensive and not always worth the money. I would be wary of staying next time at an onsen resort that had past its used-by date, meaning the hotels were very dated. Also, travelling with a bike can be tedious.
Tell us about a fitness or sports-related item/gear/equipment that you love.
Speaking of Japan, I am sponsored by Pioneer Powermeter. I really love the technology and the Powermeter has helped me immensely with my cycling.
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