The riding season starts in Hokkaido when the snow has melted from the roads after a long winter season. By April we are making the most of warmer midday temperatures and sneaking out for shorter rides, gradually lengthening them as it gets warmer near the end of the month.
Some of the higher alpine roads are still closed as they need to be cleared of snow. The valley is the place to be at this time and leave riding the higher roads for May.
We are about to head in to our season proper. Daytime temperatures are starting to creep up to 22 or 23 degrees celsius. Looking forward to riding in just a jersey and shorts.