It’s spring time — perfect weather to get out and ride a bike. And if you have been doing the typical sightseeing and are sick of riding trains and busses, take a break, and take a ride on a bicycle.
Here in Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, new for this year are rental bicycles available for hire at 5 different ryokans and (soon to be) at the Tourism Center. Members of the Chikuma Cycling Club rescued several bikes that had been thrown away at area train stations. We spruced them up and painted them all an “eco” green color and are offering them for use for the day. Prices are 500 yen per bike, or 200 yen for guests of Togura Kamiyamada Onsen ryokans.
Rental Bicycles at Togura Kamiyamada Onsen. The bikes are available at the following 5 inns:
Taki no Yu (Tel 026-275-2120, www.takinoyu.net )
Kamiyamada Hotel (Tel 026-275-1005, www.kamiyamada.com )
Fukujuso (Tel 026-275-1071)
Ueda-kan (Tel 026-275-1881, www.uedakan.com)
Kamesei Ryokan (Tel 026-275-1032, www.kamesei.jp *English OK*)
Suggested places for cycling include the Chikuma Cycling Road along the Chikuma River. You can ride south from Togura Kamiyamada past a lavendar field through Sakaki as far as Ueda, or north along the river to the samurai town of Matsushiro. My kids and I like to ride north to the Inariyama area of Chikuma City and wander the narrow streets amongst the classic earthen walled storehouses.
One other thing to mention is that the Chikuma Cycling Club has a “Citizens’ Cycling” event schedule coming up for at the end of May:
Family Fun Ride to the Sakaki Rose Festival
Saturday May 29th, 2010
Meet at Togura Kamiyamada Onsen Tourism Center at 9am
*Follow the Chikuma Cycling Road along the Chikuma River to Kogai Bridge (rest stop)
*Peddle through Sakaki Town (tour various sites related to Sakaki’s samurai hero, Yoshikiyo Murakami)
*Stop at Lobinia Chocolate Factory’s factory store
*Have lunch at the Sakaki Rose Festival site
*Return via the Chikuma Cycling Road, finish at 2pm.
For those without bicycles, the Togura Kamiyamada Onsen green rental bikes will be available, so come and enjoy this fun event with everyone!