Japan is known for its tranquil way about life, and I love this country for it. Living here, I learned to contemplate and notice little things around me, as well as to enjoy not only the result of your efforts, but the process, too. I mean, just imagine doing origami without this patience. I would give it up long before it could become my hobby!
However, Japan is way more ambiguous than this, and the general placidity of the Japanese people’s lifestyle doesn’t prevent me from discovering this wonderful place from a whole new point of view. Since I’m fond of motorcycling, I couldn’t miss the chance to take a ATV trip in the mountains. It was an unexpected, but overwhelming experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who feels like putting a new face on Japan.
What to Begin with
First and foremost, choose the route that seems the most attractive to you. For example, I decided on riding in the mountains, but you can also choose a route that includes some towns or villages.
Second of all, get some practice driving an ATV. Don’t think that it is that easy. Nevertheless, it is easier to manage than a usual motorcycle, because going on four wheels is way steadier than doing the same thing on two wheels.
You will most probably face a route that will require persistence and strength, with you going along hidden paths in the green woods and mountains of this beautiful country. Yet, don’t let this complication scare you away — it is definitely worth it.
Equip Your Vehicle
It would be a shame to ruin your trip with a banal breakdown. If you rent an ATV, make sure it functions properly. If you get into it, you may buy your own vehicle and customize it in accordance to your personal preferences. For example, you can choose tires that you feel the most confident driving with. Another thing that rarely comes to mind, but still remains crucial, is providing proper lights. Even if you are a rookie, there are sources like Light Bar Land with useful reviews of LED lights for any purpose. They offer great tips on how to choose the best lights for your ATV. If you follow them like I did, you will never get caught flatfooted by dusk or fog during your trip.
Pack Everything You Need
Just like a usual hike, an ATV ride requires thoughtful packing.
- Take a lot of clean water, and don’t forget about food. Personally I eat twice as much as usual when I spend active time outdoors, and I believe I’m not the only one.
- Pay attention to your first aid kit, and take all the medicines and items you might require for such a trip.
- A change of clothes would be ideal too. You never know what weather you will have, especially if your trip is long.
With everything you need at hand, you are bound to enjoy this extraordinary experience and gain unforgettable memories in the Land of the Rising Sun.