Breathtaking Scenery and History! A 2-Day Cycling Route on Ring Ring Road

Tsukuba Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road is a 180-kilometer cycling route in Ibaraki Prefecture. This is a designated national cycling route because it is safe to travel and equipped with well-maintained rest areas and accommodations along the way. You can select from a variety of cycling paths, enjoy the scenic beauty of Mt. Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura, visit historical sites, shop for souvenirs, and savor local cuisine.

Tsuchiura, a recommended starting point, is easily accessible in about an hour by train or car from Tokyo. You can also rent a bike in the city. This time, we'll introduce a two-day cycling itinerary around sightseeing spots along the route from Tsuchiura to nearby Mt. Tsukuba and charming spots to visit near Lake Kasumigaura.

*Please keep in mind it is illegal to ride a bicycle after consuming alcohol.

1 night, 2 days

Day 1

station

Tokyo Station

train(Train) 50 minutes
station

Tsuchiura Station

train(On foot) Immediate
Ring Ring Square Tsuchiura

Ring Ring Square Tsuchiura

Ring Ring Square Tsuchiura is a facility that offers cycling services and is directly connected to JR Tsuchiura Station. The facility has bicycle and rental shops and is fully furnished with coin loc…

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train(Bicycle) 5 minutes
Kijo Park

Kijo Park

The park is a historical symbol of Tsuchiura and was developed from part of the former Tsuchiura Castle. The castle, constructed in the late Muromachi period (1429-1440), was commonly known as "Kijō"…

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train(Bicycle) 1 hour
Oda Castle Ruins

Oda Castle Ruins

Oda Castle was the residence of the Oda clan, an incredibly influential family in the area from the 12th to 17th centuries. Currently, only the ruins of the castle remain. At the time, the Imperia…

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train(Bicycle) 20 minutes
Hirasawa Kanga Ruins

Hirasawa Kanga Ruins

The Hirasawa Kanga Ruins were established as a government office over 1,000 years ago, during the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1185) periods. They are designated as a national historic site. Hiras…

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train(Bicycle) 1 hour and 20 minutes
Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Tsuchiura

Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Tsuchiura

Hoshino Resort BEB5 Tsuchiura has its entrance on the same floor as the Tsuchiura Station ticket gates. Certified as a "cyclist-friendly hotel," it offers rooms allowing guests to bring bicycles a…

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train(On foot) 5 minutes
Tataki no Ikkyu Tsuchiura Branch

Tataki no Ikkyu Tsuchiura Branch

Tataki no Ikkyu Tsuchiura is an uncommon restaurant that combines warayaki (a cooking method that sears the surface of food with straw fire) from Kochi Prefecture and Ibaraki ingredients. The restaur…

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train(On foot) 5 minutes
stay

Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Tsuchiura

Day 2

stay

Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Tsuchiura

train(Bicycle) 25 minutes
Yoshida Lotus Root Farm

Yoshida Lotus Root Farm

Ibaraki Prefecture is the top lotus root producer in Japan, with the vegetable growing especially well around Lake Kasumigaura. Yoshida Lotus Root Farm not only cultivates the root vegetable but also…

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train(Bicycle) 25 minutes
Sakihama Oyster Fossil Bed

Sakihama Oyster Fossil Bed

The Sakihama Oyster Fossil Bed and Tunnel Tombs formed approximately 120 to 130,000 years ago when this area was at the bottom of the ocean. This oyster shell bed was shaped by the exposure of geolog…

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train(Bicycle) 40 minutes
Kasumi Kitchen

Kasumi Kitchen

Kasumi Kitchen is on the second floor of the Kasumigaura Exchange Center and faces Ring Ring Road, the national cycling route along Lake Kasumigaura and its lakeside. The menu brings out the best ing…

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train(On foot) Immediate
Ayumizaki Park

Ayumizaki Park

Ayumizaki Park is located next to the Tsukuba Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road, which is part of the national cycle route. It offers stunning views of Kasumigaura, the second-largest lake in Japan. The par…

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train(Bicycle) 25 minutes
Fujimizuka Kofun Park

Fujimizuka Kofun Park

Fujimizuka Kofun Park is on a hill that overlooks Lake Kasumigaura. Within the park there are several tumuli (burial mounds) mainly constructed druing the Kofun period (mainly between the 3rd and 7th…

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train(Bicycle) 40 minutes
Kappo Ryokan Izumiso

Kappo Ryokan Izumiso

Izumiso, a traditional Japanese inn next to Lake Kasumigaura, prides itself on its freshwater fish cuisine. Their simmered carp cooked with a secret sauce and unagi kabayaki (eel fillet skewers grill…

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train(On foot) 10 minutes
Hirose Company

Hirose Company

Hirose Company is a sake brewery on the banks of the Koise River established in 1805. Blessed with cold land suited for sake brewing and groundwater from the Mt. Tsukuba system, the brewery produces …

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train(On foot) 10 minutes
station

Takahama Station

train(Train) 10 minutes
station

Tsuchiura Station

train(Train) 50 minutes
station

Tokyo Station

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