Spring Cycling along the Kitakami (25km)

Ride past rice-fields, visit temples and taste local flavours - under the cherry blossoms!


Due to the continued global spread of the COVID19 virus and the associated impact upon public health and safely in Japan, reservations for all tours and experience programs will be SUSPENDED until May 2020, or until the situation improves and relevant restrictions upon travel are lifted.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Tohoku as soon as possible. In the meantime, please stay safe and well!

~ Inoutbound Sendai Matsushima Inc.


Forget fighting other travelers in crowded parks to catch a glimpse of Japan’s fabled cherry blossoms!


Jump on your bike and head out into the fresh air and open rice-fields of the countryside. 


Follow your guide along cherry-blossom tree lined roads on the banks of northern Japan’s longest river, the Kitakami River. Be welcomed by towering red Torii gates that lead to picturesque local temples, and call in to check out the grounds and take a break. Back on your bike, your next destination is one of several local favourite ‘hanami’ (flower viewing) locations where you’ll enjoy a picnic just like the locals – with a delicious Japanese-style ‘Obento’ (lunch box). To fuel your energy for the last leg of the journey, stop by a unique cafe inside a temple and catch your breath over some tea or coffee and a Japanese dessert! 


Leave the crowds behind and make your Spring in Japan experience an active one!


Meeting place



(If traveling from Sendai, take the JR Senseki Line train departing Sendai at 8:20 → arriving Ishinomaki 09:20)

Meet at JR Ishinomaki Station at 09:30 for pick-up, move by car to departure point.  



Arrive at Kawanokami Hyappyo-kan (a cafe built inside an old farmhouse) for a quick lecture on the cycling course, rules and safety briefing. 

And let’s go!!


Start the cycling course! 

Ride alongside the banks of the Kitakami River, through the Japanese countryside towards Yanaizu. 


Take a break at the beautiful Miyagi-Yanaizu Kokuzouson Temple. 


Enjoy a ‘Hanami’ (flower viewing) picnic under the cherry blossoms at either Tsuyama-Kasenjiki Sports Ground or in the area surrounding the Kitakami-kasen River Historical Park. 

Lunch will be a delicious Japanese-style ‘Obento’ (lunch box), in true ‘Hanami’ fashion!  


After a tasty lunch, it is only fitting that there’s time for dessert! 

Call in to Temple Cafe Musouan for some traditional Japanese desserts like ‘Oshiruko’ (mochi rice cake in sweet red-bean soup) or matcha parfait! 



End of cycling tour. 

Be taken back to the station by car. 


Tour ends back at JR Ishinomaki Station.


JPY~(with TAX) (※approx. $168 USD)
Sign-up Deadline
Reservations acccepted up to three days prior to tour date


Basic Plan

Price JPY~(with TAX)

Book now!
(Activity japan)

Are you looking for a ‘deeper’ kind of travel?

At Tohoku ‘Local Secret’ Tours we can also suggest custom-made itineraries to meet your travel needs! You want to experience what’s unique to Tohoku.
You want to visit the places where the locals go; the places not listed in guidebooks!
You want to meet and interact with local people. You want to take your time exploring Tohoku so you need a guide, or perhaps an English-speaking driver...
...whatever you need for your Tohoku travel, we have it covered!
Feel free to contact us with any inquiries. We will respond within two business days after receiving your message.

Book now!


[CLOSE] Spring Cycling along the Kitakami (25km)
[CLOSE] ‘Sea & Sakura’ Hike in Matsushima
October ~ March
Sustainable Japan: Oyster Paradise Matsushima
Green City Sendai: Morning hike & market brunch
Everyday (except Mon & Tues)
Recovery Cycling Tour
Local Fishing & Deserted Island BBQ
SUP Morning Cafe
Green City Sendai: Early Morning Bird-watching
Everyday (except Sun)
DIY Market Obento & Morning Nature-walk
Everyday (except New year holiday)
Good morning, Yamadera!
By request
Lake Towada Nature Retreat
October 3-5
Active Autumn in the Countryside
Oct ~ May
[COMING SOON] Oyster Island Katsurajima: Oyster harvest & seaside BBQ
By request
[COMING SOON] Big-game fishing in Miyagi

Related Tags

#Miyagi #foodie #eat #localfood #Sendai #drink #experience #nightlife #sake #daytrip #seafood #Iwate #countryside #vegan #local #vegetarian #culture #morning #sustainability #Aomori

JPY~(with TAX)

Book now!