Written by Kevin Jackson
California, USA, 14 years in Japan. I love Japan! I naturally have an interest in history and geography, and try to spend a fair amount of my free time exploring Japan and delving into those aforementioned interests to find out what makes this country so interesting. The more curious you are the more interesting life becomes. I have spent the last 14 years here doing just that, and plan to continue to explore.
The first thing I did when I arrived in town was stop by Bicycle Journey and rent a bike. I wanted to get out and explore Ise-Shima right away. Riding around is a great way to explore new surroundings.
Being that this was my first time in Mie prefecture, and Ise in particular I felt that going for a ride to get acclimated to the island would be a great starting place for my trip to the Ise area. In order to make this happen I stopped by Bicycle Journey Ise-Shima.
This time around I was only interested in renting a bike to explore around the island a bit, but cycling tours, cycling events, and a plethora of information regarding cycling in Ise-Shima is all available at Bicycle Journey Ise-Shima.
Finding the shop was pretty straightforward and easy. Signing up for a rental was also fairly seamless and hassle free. The hard part was deciding where to go.
The staff did a great job of providing maps and suggesting a few routes that may be interesting. There are so many options. The Yokoyama observation deck atop Mount Yokoyama, the Anorisaki lighthouse, and Gozashirahama beach are a few of the popular points on the island that can be reached by bicycle.
Aftersigning up I was led outside to the garage. I am in no way an expert on bikes,but the garage was full of what looked to be top quality cross and road typebike. There are also custom bikes for children and people looking foraccessible options.
From the shop I decided to cycle a course that would take me west, across town to my goal at Mount Yokoyama. The Yokoyama observation deck is highly regarded and I wanted to make the famed observation deck my first stop on my journey around Ise-Shima.
I started out from the shop and headed towards Mount Yokoyama. The ride to Mount Yokoyama was thoroughly enjoyable. Much of the rural scenery has not changed much over the years.
I was blown away by the view. From the observation deck you can see out across Ago Bay. Numerous islands, peninsulas, and boats litter the meandering coastline.
I definitely recommend taking a trip to the top of Mount Yokoyama and the observatory to clear your mind and enjoy a truly breathtaking view of one of Japan’s more interesting natural wonders.
After looking out onto the pacific from the observatory atop Mount Yokoyama I decided to head to the beach next to get an up close and personal view of the ocean.
The road to the ocean was a bit different than the road to Mount Yokoyama. This time I cycled mostly across wide, open roads that were flanked by rice fields.
All in all navigating across the peninsula from Mount Yokoyama to the beach turned out to be an all day affair. I decided that this would be the last leg of the trip. I really wanted to make my way up the coast and visit the lighthouse, but I guess I’ll have to save that for next time.
This time around I wrapped up the tour at Gozashirahama beach. The view of the vast ocean and the sound of the waves crashing along the shore can be quite therapeutic. I stopped to relax for a few minutes before I headed back to the shop to return the bicycle.
After a refreshing trip to the beach, I went back to the Bicycle Journey shop and returned the bike and officially end my day trip around the peninsula. The Bianchi bicycle that I rented was very easy to ride and the scenery I saw along the way to various locations around the peninsula was second to none. Bicycle Journey and cycling in Ise-Shima is highly recommended!
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