4 to 5 hours
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!
(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.