My Better-than-Standard Cycling-Toward-Osaka Route out of Kyoto
Yuck Part of the bicycle path leaving Kyoto toward Osaka 嫌だ!京都市内の大阪へのサイクリングロード -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2016-05-14/2694 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Yuck
Part of the bicycle path leaving Kyoto toward Osaka
嫌だ!京都市内の大阪へのサイクリングロード

My Bump-Free Mud-Free Detour Path
僕が作った迂回ルート。泥も凸凹もない。

English follows this short Japanese version of the post...

京都から大阪へのサイクリングコースはほとんど良いですが、京都市内では嫌な部分も有ります。 泥、水、砂、凸凹。この範囲は楽しくないので、別のルートを作りました。 ルートは難しくないが、説明はちょっと複雑ですので、上の地図を見て下さい。 それとルートのGPXファイルを準備しました。 帰り道は行く道とちょっと違うし、来年の4月までの工事の為に迂回もあり、4つのダウンロードを作りました。

2017年3月31日まで2017年4月1日から

京都から大阪

京都から大阪
大阪からの帰り道 大阪からの帰り道

In my first blog post about cycling to Osaka from Kyoto, one can see photos of the lovely bicycle route that spans much of the 40~50 kilometers (~30 miles). My other posts that include the trip also show scenes of the lovely, flat, smooth, bicycle path.

What I haven't shown much, besides the photo above that appeared last week, is a horrible ~4km (~2.5mi) section of the path that exits eastern Kyoto. It's full of teeth-rattling bone-jarring bumps, in addition to sections of mud, water, sand, and gravel. I deeply dislike riding it.

So, I sought to find a replacement standard route that avoided what made that route so nasty, without introducing anything worse, and I think I've found one.

I'll go full-on geektard for this post to help me get back into blogging after the recent break, but for those interested in just the route, here it is in the form of a downloadable GPX file:

For completeness I've shown the route from the common starting point of the Sanjo Street bridge, but my route doesn't differ from the standard route until about Kyujo Street.

Let's follow along....

We Start at the Sanjo Ohashi Bridge 今日のルートは三条大橋で始まりま〜す。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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We Start at the Sanjo Ohashi Bridge
今日のルートは三条大橋で始まりま〜す。
South on the Sidewalk for half a kilometer; this is the most bumpy part of the route 歩道で450m南へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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South on the Sidewalk
for half a kilometer; this is the most bumpy part of the route
歩道で450m南へ
Cut Down to the Riverside Path 川沿い遊歩道へ下る -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Cut Down to the Riverside Path
川沿い遊歩道へ下る
Merge In (watch out for other traffic) 合流する -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Merge In
(watch out for other traffic)
合流する
Two Kilometers of Pleasant Path 二キロ続く -- Автобусная станция Gion Shijyo sta. -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Two Kilometers of Pleasant Path
二キロ続く

Still part of the standard route, after about two kilometers, we'll need to cross over to the other side of the river. We'll come up to a long slope coming down on our left... we'll do a U-Turn and head back up that slope to street level, do another U-Turn and continue south along the sidewalk for a bit until we get to a bridge, cross the bridge, go down a slope and do one more U-Turn....

We'll want to cut a 180 up this slope 七条のすぐ後で上がる -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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We'll want to cut a 180 up this slope
七条のすぐ後で上がる
You've Gone Too Far ... if you see this. It warns that there are only stairs from here on. これ見ると行き過ぎです。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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You've Gone Too Far
... if you see this. It warns that there are only stairs from here on.
これ見ると行き過ぎです。
Looking Back from the Bridge on the right is the slope we'd come up from; on the left is the slope we'll soon go down 渡る -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Looking Back from the Bridge
on the right is the slope we'd come up from; on the left is the slope we'll soon go down
渡る
Go Down This Slope then do a U-Turn to continue south 下って、Uターン -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Go Down This Slope
then do a U-Turn to continue south
下って、Uターン
Sax Practice under the railroad bridge is a common place for folks to practice music JRの鉄道の下 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Sax Practice
under the railroad bridge is a common place for folks to practice music
JRの鉄道の下

The route normally continues for three kilometers on this side of the river, but due to some construction not scheduled to be finished until March 31 next year, we have to take an ugly little detour...

The construction is done, so you can just continue straight here...

Detour Up To the Street 道への迂回、来年の4月まで -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Detour Up To the Street
道への迂回、来年の4月まで
Continue Straight
そのまま真っ直ぐ
Back on the Riverside Path やっと迂回は終わりました。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Back on the Riverside Path
やっと迂回は終わりました。
New Path 最近出来たサイクリングロード -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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New Path
最近出来たサイクリングロード

The Google Earth view of this path shows a quagmire of construction mud, but the path is not complete. It's not quite as smooth as the photo might make it appear, but it's plenty fine and one can go quite fast on it.

The Path Finally Ends with a U-Turn cut back up to the street 終点で道へ上がる -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The Path Finally Ends
with a U-Turn cut back up to the street
終点で道へ上がる
At Street Level, Continue South 南へ続く -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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At Street Level, Continue South
南へ続く
Possible Alternate Route 踏切で止まりたくない場合にはここで下がって、鉄道の下へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Possible Alternate Route
踏切で止まりたくない場合にはここで下がって、鉄道の下へ

This little section of the route crosses a JR track. If you're in a rush and don't want to take the chance of getting stopped at the signal, you can cut down this path to a small street that goes under the tracks.

Path, Train, and Under-Track Road but what's with my focus problems?! まっすぐ行くと、踏切で止まる必要はあるかもしれない -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Path, Train, and Under-Track Road
but what's with my focus problems?!
まっすぐ行くと、踏切で止まる必要はあるかもしれない
Turn Left Over The Footbridge Here where the under-the-tracks road meets back up with the path どっちら通ってもここで左へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Turn Left Over The Footbridge Here
where the under-the-tracks road meets back up with the path
どっちら通ってもここで左へ
Motor Vehicles Not Allowed 渡る -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Motor Vehicles Not Allowed
渡る
After the Bridge, Turn Right and Continue South 渡って後右へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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After the Bridge, Turn Right and Continue South
渡って後右へ
Go Through These Two Tunnels 短いトーネル二つを通る -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Go Through These Two Tunnels
短いトーネル二つを通る
And Then This One... そうして三つ目のトーネルを通る... -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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And Then This One...
そうして三つ目のトーネルを通る...
... But Turn Left Immediately After do not take the bike path that leads up and to the right 三つ目のトーネルの直ぐ 後左 へ。ここではサイクリングロードに戻らない。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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... But Turn Left Immediately After
do not take the bike path that leads up and to the right
三つ目のトーネルの直ぐ後左へ。ここではサイクリングロードに戻らない。
Beautiful Kyoto concrete, a concrete plant, and graffiti 大きい道へ上がる -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Beautiful Kyoto
concrete, a concrete plant, and graffiti
大きい道へ上がる
Get Onto The Sidewalk when joining the main road ここから60mは歩道で。そうして右へ。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Get Onto The Sidewalk
when joining the main road
ここから60mは歩道で。そうして右へ。

After having turned left just after the short tunnel, you have come up an exit from a main road. When you get to the main road, continue on the sidewalk (because you're against traffic) for a short 60m to the first right. That'll put you on a road that wraps around the ugly concrete plant...

Not The Most Scenic Section -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Not The Most Scenic Section

A few moments later you'll need to go under the expressway through a small tunnel. Take care, as traffic comes flying out of the tunnel without regard to little safety-related things like maintaining one's lane...

TAKE CARE! as you approach and enter the tunnel on the left 左側 にトーネルの 出入 り口 。十分注意 して下さい。車はぶっと出ます。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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TAKE CARE!
as you approach and enter the tunnel on the left
左側にトーネルの出入り口。十分注意して下さい。車はぶっと出ます。
At Least Its Short 狭いですが短い -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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At Least Its Short
狭いですが短い
Upon Exit, Turn Right the street is big, but has little traffic 出ってから右へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Upon Exit, Turn Right
the street is big, but has little traffic
出ってから右へ
A Bit Tricky Here ここから横断歩道で向こうの右方向へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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A Bit Tricky Here
ここから横断歩道で向こうの右方向へ

After about half a kilometer, the nice road ends near a huge intersection that we need to get to the complete other side of using crosswalks. This'll get us facing west, waiting to cross National Route 1...

A Long Light my detour has the same number of traffic lights as what it replaces but this light is long 1号線を渡る -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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A Long Light
my detour has the same number of traffic lights as what it replaces
but this light is long
1号線を渡る
Take the Second Left after crossing Route 1 渡った後二つ目の左へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Take the Second Left
after crossing Route 1
渡った後二つ目の左へ
This One ここは左 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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This One
ここは左
Parallel The Main Road for a moment, then turn left when it ends その後すぐ左へ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Parallel The Main Road
for a moment, then turn left when it ends
その後すぐ左へ

This is the one area that has a different route during the return. On the return, instead of retracing your steps back up this short branch road, cross under the main road and take the branch on the other side, joining the main road just in time to cross Route 1. Then you're back on the same route as before.

Straight Through This Intersection but take care, side traffic approaches blindly この交差点は直進ですが、十分に注意してください -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Straight Through This Intersection
but take care, side traffic approaches blindly
この交差点は直進ですが、十分に注意してください
Continue Straight... this is now Senbon Street 交差点の後千本通になります -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Continue Straight... this is now Senbon Street
交差点の後千本通になります
Through This Intersection the second and final traffic light of the detour この交差点でも直接です。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Through This Intersection
the second and final traffic light of the detour
この交差点でも直接です。
Approaching The End after about half a kilometer past the intersection そろそろ -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Approaching The End
after about half a kilometer past the intersection
そろそろ
Enter This Short Alley この路地に入る -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Enter This Short Alley
この路地に入る
View To Open Nature! 短い -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
View To Open Nature!
短い
Finally At The Nice Bicycle Path やっとサイクリングロードです! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Finally At The Nice Bicycle Path
やっとサイクリングロードです!
Reverse View on the way back from Osaka, turn off the path here and retrace the detour 大阪から帰る場合はこのシーンで降りてルートを引き返す -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 72mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Reverse View
on the way back from Osaka, turn off the path here and retrace the detour
大阪から帰る場合はこのシーンで降りてルートを引き返す

Another option at the end, instead of cutting down the little alley, is to continue south on Senbon for another 1.2km. For much of the way it parallels the cycling path...

Continuing South, Below the Cycling Path -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Continuing South, Below the Cycling Path
You Can Join The Path Here -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 60mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
You Can Join The Path Here

If you read this far, it almost certainly took you longer to get here than it would to actually ride the path. It probably took me longer to write this post up than it took the city to pave the whole thing. It probably wasn't worth it, but this is how I get my geek on, I guess.

At least I know that for me, having a route like this available makes heading to Osaka much more appealing. I just can't stand the bone-jarring bumps of the standard route; the lack of mud and water on this route is just icing on the top.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Hi, Jeffrey! Greetings from California. I really enjoyed this photo journey. There are things I would never see in a typical photo essay about Japan, and it made it seem less formal and frightening than I imagined. Thank you for your effort and artistry in putting it together.

Mary Anne

— comment by Mary Anne James on May 23rd, 2016 at 8:29am JST (11 months, 7 days ago) comment permalink

Very gray version of Kyoto 🙂 I like it anyway!

— comment by Sergiy Kolychev on May 24th, 2016 at 3:00am JST (11 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink
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