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6 Superb Cycling Areas in Shizuoka

Shizuoka offers an amazing range of experiences for all cycling levels throughout the Prefecture – here are 6 to check out.


Cycling through rice paddies, green tea fields or along the coast are great options for cycling in Japan – quite often with Mt. Fuji as your backdrop making for outstanding cycling experiences.


Kakegawa Castle – Japan’s First Restored Wooden Castle

The Kakegawa & Kikugawa areas are perhaps best known for the production of some of the best green tea in the World.

As one of the 6 stations on the JR Tokaido Bullet train line in Shizuoka, this quaint castle town is a very convenient starting point for any cycling adventure in the Prefecture.

After starting your day by sampling some of the local green tea and visiting Kakegawa Castle & some of the other attractions there are a number of different routes available for all levels of cyclists.

Head up into the green tea fields in the mountains, cruise down to Omaezaki and ride along the coast or follow the Old Tokaido Highway and visit some of the shrines in Fukuroi.

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Steam locomotive and cherry blossoms

Take the local JR Tokaido Line from Kakegawa Station 3 stops to Shimada Station to take a journey following the Oigawa (Oi River) up into the foothills of Japan’s Southern Alps.

Ride from Shimada Station over the Horai Bridge to Shin Kanaya Station cross back over the river and follow it upstream into the mountains to Senzu Station in Kawane Honcho.

This is a popular cycling route especially in Late March / Early April when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, or again in November when the hills are ablaze with Reds, Yellows, and Brown from the Fall leaves.

All along the way, there are restaurants, cafes, and hot springs so that you can take your time and enjoy the journey.

Stay with one of the locals and enjoy a farm-to-table experience and stay a couple of days to explore Sumatakyo Onsen and Ikawa Lake Area – for serious cyclists there are some challenging rides once you get up into the mountains.


Nishi-izu skyline – the wonderful cycling route

The Izu Peninsula is arguably Shizuoka’s most popular cycling destination.

You can cruise along the coast and enjoy stunning views of the rugged coastline, enjoy amazing sunsets and catch amazing views of Mt. Fuji across Suruga Bay.

Or you can head inland and challenge some of the mountains and hills that rise from sea level up to 1,400 meters.


 green tea plantations in Makinohara Plains

The Makinohara Plains is one of the major producing areas of green tea. It stretches from Shimada Station down to the ocean covering more than 12,000 acres (5,000 hectares).

By their very definition the Makinohara Plains are fairly level so even for beginners the cycling does not present too many challenges.

Cycling through the endless green tea fields all the way down to Sagara Sun Beach on the coastline is a great Shizuoka experience.

Spend a couple of days near the beach and then cycle down the coast to your next destination.


Sunset at Bentenjima beach park

Take the local JR Tokaido line from Hamamatsu Station to Maisaka or Araimachi Stations to get to the Brackish Lake Hamana.

There are a wide array of different cycling courses available from a full 82 km circumnavigation of the lake to more relaxed rides for beginners from the hot spring resort town of Kanzanji.


Fujisanhongu Sengentaisha Shrine

Take the local JR Tokaido line from Shin-fuji station to Fujinomiya – the closest city to Mt. Fuji.

Once you are in Fujinomiya you are spoiled for choice as a cyclist.

For those that are up for the challenge, and enjoy the pain, jump in the saddle and head straight to the Fujinomiya 5th Station via the Fujisan Skyline Road (opened from May to October) – a grueling 5 hour ride to an elevation of 2,400m.

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