Sorry for the massive delay......been away and distracted. Point taken on the weather. If I can still do this it will be very soon, but its looking like Europe might be a better idea as I need to be back in the UK by late Sept. I am free from now to then and just starting to get my act together now.... When were you thinking of ? I believe its horribly hot and humid there at the moment, so going further north from Tokyo might make sense. Incidentally, fyi - Japan has recently legalised taking pillions on motorways (it was previously banned, which made some routes difficult as there was no alternative road in some cases). I have some contacts in Japan if you need any help.
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