Explore Kasama City by Bike (daytrip from Tokyo/Ueno)

If you're looking to get out of the city and explore during your trip to Japan, look no further than this daytrip to Kasama, Ibaraki, just an hour and a half from Tokyo by train! After arriving, borrow bikes from the Tourist Information Office at the station and start exploring!
First off, visit Kasama Inari Shrine. With a history of over 1360 years, this shrine is one of Japan's 3 Great Inari Shrines and attracts 3.5 million pilgrims every year. On the street outside the shrine, make sure to grab some local speciality foods like Inari Sushi (deep-fried tofu skin stuffed with rice and other local ingredients like walnuts) or manju steamed buns. Explore the local shopping streets with their traditional architecture as you enjoy your snack.
Then, get back on your bike and head to Kasama Crafthills to relax while surrounded by expansive nature. Finally, pick up some Kasama-yaki Pottery at Kirara Gallery - each piece of pottery is unique so make sure to look for the item that's just right for you.

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Ueno Station

Take a JR Joban Line Hitachi or Tokiwa Express train to Tomobe Station

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Tomobe Station

Change to the JR Mito Line at Tomobe Station

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Kasama Station

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Explore Kasama City by Bike (daytrip from Tokyo/Ueno)

Kasama Station Tourist Information Office

288-10 Shimoichige, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture 309-1626

8:30 - 5:30.
Bicycle Rental Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 (8:30 - 4:00 from November - March)

TEL:029-672-1212

1 minute walk from Kasama Station on the JR Mito Line (50m)

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Kasama Inari Shrine

Kasama Inari Shrine

First established in 651, Kasama Inari Shrine is one of Japan's famous Inari shrines, attracting around 3.5 million pilgrims and visitors annually. The sacred site enshrines Ukanomitama-no-Mikoto, known to answer prayers for success in business and protection from fires. The shrine grounds are stunning in the late spring when the wisteria flower bloom. Another beautiful time to visit is during the chrysanthemum festival in autumn.
The streets leading up to the shrine are filled with various shops to explore, from traditional soba restaurants to fashionable cafes and renovated sake breweries. Specialties of the area include Kasama Inari Sushi, rice with walnuts, and other seasonal products wrapped in deep-fried tofu and roasted chestnuts. Kasama City is known for its pottery, and there are plenty of galleries in the area to pick up a souvenir before heading home.

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Explore Kasama City by Bike (daytrip from Tokyo/Ueno)

Shopping streets

Take the retro atmosphere of these traditional shopping streets as you snack on local specialities like stuffed Inari Sushi and ,manjsteamed buns.

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Explore Kasama City by Bike (daytrip from Tokyo/Ueno)

Kasama Crafthills Park

Park your bicycle at the information center and take a walk in the park.

2345 Kasama, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture 309-1611

Hours: 8:30 - 5:00

Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum

Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum

This museum was the first in eastern Japan that focused solely on the ceramic arts. Permanent exhibits include works by master Japanese ceramists such as Hazan Itaya and Kosei Matsui. The museum also hosts a wide range of unique exhibitions from around the world.

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Explore Kasama City by Bike (daytrip from Tokyo/Ueno)

Kirara Gallery

Kasama-yaki Pottery shopping.

2258-1 Kasama, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture 309-1611

Opening Hours: 10:00- 17:00

TEL:029-672-3109

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Explore Kasama City by Bike (daytrip from Tokyo/Ueno)

Kasama Station Tourist Information Office

Return your bikes at the Tourist Information Office.

288-10 Shimoichige, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture 309-1626

Opening Hours: 8:30 - 5:30.
Bicycle Rental Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 (8:30 - 4:00 from November - March)

TEL:029-672-1212

1 minute walk from Kasama Station on the JR Mito Line (50m)

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Kasama Station

Catch the JR Mito Line to Tomobe Station.

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Tomobe Station

Get off at Tomobe Station and change to a JR Joban Line Hitachi or Tokiwa Express train for Tokyo.

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Ueno Station

Finish!
Get off at Ueno Station