The end of January to February is the coldest period of the year in Tokyo. The highest temperature is below 10 degrees and it’s really cold in a shade.
But don’t worry too much!! If you are well-prepared in a proper clothes, cycling in Tokyo’s winter is very comfortable and you can enjoy clear blue sky with nice view, even Mt. Fuji. When I go for the tour, I usually wear like this picture… Do I look like a snowman!? Well… comfortable cycling is more important than outside appearance!
If I am still cold, no problem! I have a “trump card”. A disposable body warmer or a stick-on type heating patch, which is called “Kairo” in Japanese, helps me a lot!!! In this season, we can buy them very easily at any convenience stores or drug stores at 200 yen – 400 yen per 10 sheets.
When I put this on my back, it can last nearly 12 hours and makes my whole body very warm. It is good not only for cycling, but also for skiing. One thing you really have to care is NOT TO PLASTER the heat patch directly on your skin, but on your first or second layer. It may cause the low temperature burn if you put on your skin. The proper way is like this picture.
So, let’s get ready in warm clothes to join our tour!!!