Five Cycling Routes in Toyama Prefecture |

Five Cycling Routes in Toyama Prefecture |

Located along the Sea of Japan, Toyama Prefecture
is a scenic destination that offers its visitors majestic coastal views with beautiful mountains
as a backdrop. One of the best ways to experience the prefecture’s
abundant nature is to go on self-guided cycling tours that bring one closer to nature as well
as explore small towns off the typical tourist route. In this video, we will introduce five cycling
routes, two of them in the interior of the prefecture and three along the coast. Each of these routes can be done at a relaxed
pace in a day, and are easily accessed from Toyama Station. These cycling routes are aimed at the average
cyclist, carried out with rental bicycles and include stops at dedicated cycle stations
that are easily identified. The cycling routes are clearly defined on
maps you can get at each bicycle rental shop, and clever blue markings on the road will
point you in the right direction through most of the trips. So follow along as we go on 5 cycling tours
around Toyama Prefecture. Route One:
Hidden traditional culture in the mountains Spanning about 20 kilometers, this route can
be comfortably done in a day trip from Kamiichi Station. This itinerary allows visitors to see some
of Toyama’s most stunning natural and cultural sights. The starting point of the course, Kamiichi
Station, is about 25 minutes from Toyama Station via the Toyama Chiho Railway Main Line. The bicycle rental station is conveniently
located in the station building, and after filling in the forms, just grab a helmet and
you’re ready to go!. The initial section of the cycle goes through
the town and soon shifts to scenic rice fields. The first stop along the way is the Joyama
spring water, which comes from snow melt from the surrounding mountains. This spring water is popular amongst the locals
who even use it in their everyday cooking! A small donation is appreciated if you fill
your water bottles here. The next stop on the itinerary, only 3 kilometers
away from the spring water, is Nissekiji Temple which was established in 725. The main deity here is an impressive stone
carving of Fudo Myoo, one of the most important deities of Japanese Buddhism. The lush temple grounds also feature a pagoda,
as well as waterfalls, which make for a nice relaxing stroll. The highlight of a visit to Nissekiji is Sengankei
Valley which is not far from the main hall. A tree-lined path leads to an otherworldly
moss covered opening filled with large rocks, and from where a waterfall can be seen. . For lunch, we recommend Dango-ya, a local
restaurant beside Nissekiji Temple. This place serves up a delicious bowl of Somen
noodles, the local speciality, together with other delectable side dishes. These thin wheat noodles are served cold and
make for the perfect refreshing meal for a day of cycling. After lunch, it’s time for a thrilling cycle
along the Adventure Line, a winding road featuring man-made caves and panoramic views of the
town below.. The last stop on the route is Ganmokuzan Ryusenji
Temple, founded in 1370. Apart from its scenic grounds, one of the
highlights of a visit to the temple is its 300 meter long tree lined approach. Some of these toga trees are said to be more
than 400 years old! Route Two:
Traditional crafts in a quaint old town This half day cycling trip is a relaxed tour
in the small town of Yatsuo, and an exploration of the town’s traditional culture and craftwork. To get to the bicycle rental station, take
a 25-minute train ride on the JR Takayama Line to Etchu-Yatsuo Station from Toyama,
then take the loop bus and get off at Hikiyama Tenjikan-mae. The rental station is in the Etchu Yatsuo
Kanko Kaikan, which is also a museum that showcases the massive wooden floats used in
the local festival known as the Hikiyama Festival, held annually on May 3rd. From the Kanko Kaikan it takes less than 5
minutes to get to the Japanese paper mill, Keijusha Washibunko. A visit to the washi mill will allow you to
view the full process of making washi, from start to finish. A permanent exhibition held on the second
floor of the mill showcases the various types of paper used in various parts of the world
through time. Finally, washi making activities are also
available here if you want to try your hand at making Japanese paper. After visiting the washi mill, you can head
to Oyatsu, an accommodation, cafe and kimono rental facility located in Yatsuo’s old
shopping street. The friendly staff will help you pick a kimono
and provide assistance putting it on. Once fully dressed in the traditional Japanese
attire, you can enjoy a nice drink or have a photo session in the beautifully restored
residence. The owners of Oyatsuo also have a shop next
door where you can buy hand-made upcycled clothes made from kimono fabric. Once the half day of cycling is done and upon
return to Toyama station, we recommend checking out Iroha in the CIC building across the station. There, you can try a delicious version of
the Toyama Black Ramen, a local specialty made with dark soy sauce. The shop also serves a succulent shiro-ebi
ramen, made with Japanese glass shrimp fished in great quantities in Toyama Bay. Route Three:
Exploring a historic port town This half day cycling trip is a leisurely
ride from Iwasehama Station that explores the old town of Iwase and its history in the
commercial shipping industry. The trip starts with a 25-minute ride on the
Portram to Iwasehama from Toyama Station, followed by a short walk to the Iwase Canal
Hall where the bicycle rental station is located. The route follows part of the bay and down
the old preserved street of Iwase. The first stop is the Toyama Port Observation
Deck, a 25 meter building that offers great views of Toyama Bay and the Tateyama mountain
range in the Northern Japan Alps when the weather is clear. From there, it is a short cycle to the preserved
old street of Iwase where the former shipping agencies were located. One of the buildings, the Mori Residence,
can be entered and visited. The large residence shows the affluence of
one of the bigger shipping agents in the region who managed the boats that traded seaweed
and seafood from Hokkaido with medicine and herbs from the south. Building material and design of the property
further emphasize the Mori family’s wealth, making for an interesting historical and architectural
visit. After your visit, how about grabbing a Dorayaki
at Otsukaya, a Japanese sweets shop, for a quick snack? Dorayaki are typically round, but at Otsukaya,
they’re cut into triangles instead. This short cycling tour of the area takes
about 2 hours and can be combined with a Portram ride or a canal cruise to Kansui Park, the
large park not far from Toyama Station. Route Four:
Coastal spots and natural beauty This approximately 30 kilometer cycling route
combines both beautiful views of the coast as well as an exploration of natural spots
inland. At Toyama Station, take a 40-minute train
ride on the Ainokaze Toyama Railway and get off at Nyuzen Station. Bicycle rentals are available from the Tourist
Association Counter which is a short walk from the station. The town of Nyuzen has more than 110 years
of history growing watermelons, and it’s no wonder that their cute little mascot is
shaped like one! From the Tourist Association Counter, it is
a 10km ride to the first stop on the itinerary, the pretty Hisui Beach, where lucky beachcombers
can find jade stones. Rocks collected from the beach can be checked
at the rockcounter at the nearby Hisui Terrace. Is it just a pretty rock, or did you find
a jade stone? Along the main road a few minutes cycle away,
you can find many restaurants like this one that serve tara-jiru. Tara-jiru is a cod fish soup usually eaten
in the winter and is the area’s local specialty. Delicious! After all this cycling, give yourself a nice break at the teahouse Komichi. The small cafe serves up local drinks and light refreshments, and it was the perfect place to rest for us. Our next spot was the cherry tree boulevard
along the Funakawa river, which is about 7km from Hisui Beach. Cherry blossoms, rapeseed blossoms and tulips
can be seen here in the spring, while rice fields and leafy greens can be seen in the
summer. The last attraction on this route was the
Sawa Sugi Preservation area, a forest of Japanese cedar trees along the coast, and a designated
natural monument. An observatory allows visitors to view the
cedar forest and surrounding rice fields from up high. Although cycling is not allowed in the area,
walking through the cedar forest makes for a nice stroll and is a good break from all
the cycling. Route Five: Coastal ride along the bay This scenic 20 kilometer ride one way from
Himi is relatively flat and the return journey covers about 40 kilometers and can be done
in a leisurely 6-7 hours. From Toyama Station, take the Ainokaze Toyama
Railway Line all the way to Takaoka, and there change for the JR Himi Line bound for Himi. At Himi station, take a local bus to the Himi
Fishery Culture Center, where the bicycle rental is located. From there cycle the 20 kilometers all the
way along the bay straight to the Seaside Station Shinminato Sazan. This quaint restaurant serves some delicious
shiro-ebi pizza, and its location right next to a picturesque marina make for the perfect
lunch break after a morning of cycling. From here it’s time to make a u-turn and
stop at the attractions along the way back to the Himi Fishery Culture Center. The first stop is Kaiwo Maru Park where the
former training ship Kaiwo Maru, built in 1930, is permanently docked. For a small fee, visitors can board and explore
the inside of the ship. Kaiwomaru Park, with its wide open space,
is a great place for a stroll and offers a great view of the ship together with the Shinminato
Bridge behind it. Located only a short cycle away is the nearby
Kitto Kito Ichiba, a fish market that offers fresh seafood from Toyama Bay and makes for
an excellent alternative place for lunch or a post-lunch seafood snack. Our next and final stop on this route is Amaharashi, and its road side station known as michi-no-eki Amaharashi. When the weather is clear, the observatory
platform on top of the building is the perfect spot to view the Tateyama mountain range across
the bay. Special sightseeing trains like the Belles
Montagnes et mer, stops along the Amaharashi Coast for visitors to enjoy the view of the
mountains and the sea. And there you have it, five cycling routes
spanning a wide range of charming sightseeing spots, from mountains to cities to scenic
coastal landscapes, that will hopefully inspire you to discover Toyama Prefecture for yourself. For more information or to watch another video,
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33 thoughts on “Five Cycling Routes in Toyama Prefecture |

  1. Breathtaking views, but unfortunately, not everyone would be able to cycle for all those hours though!
    Arigatou gozaimasu.

  2. Ugh… I already wish to go back. Great video, especially love the narration this time. You seemed to have quite good weather, lovely!

  3. Hi, I just made a musical video about Japan, with other place and traditional Japanese things:

    ..for those who love Japan and breakbeat! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  4. Beautiful country..very peaceful environment…Japanese people are very polite…
    I was there last year..❤️ you ??…thank you for making this beautiful video..

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