It finally happened, after all this years riding my Harley Davidson in Europe, and my trips to Japan, I could combine the two aspects of my trips for a weekend ride on the Central Japan roads. An experience that was for long time in my bucket list, and it’s still at the top of my list. Why? Even before returning the Harley Davidson at the Rental 819 store, I was already planning the next road trip. I review with detail many aspects of a first ride in Japan in this article, so if you share the passion for the road and planning to visit Japan, this review might help.
Using the city of Shizuoka as a hub for my trips around central Japan by shinkansen, a part of me felt bad that I wasn’t visiting at all the city I was staying in. I reserved one day to wander around the city and explore some local spots. I dind’t know much of Shizuoka, so first thing was to make a quick stop at the tourist information center to get a map. Once I checked with the lady about the tourist spots, there was a big green space that caught my eye, Sumpu castle park. The perfect spot for a first timer in Shizuoka to learn more about it but, where was the castle? That’s what I learned exploring the place.