Written by Dan Lewis
Originally from the state of Alaska in the USA, Dan Lewis is a long-term resident of Japan. He has lived in Mie, Ishikawa and Gifu Prefecctures, and currently resides in Nagoya, the capitol city of Aichi Prefecture. Dan is an avid fan of technology and nature - two areas that Japan is blessed with! He loves taking "the road less traveled" and discovering new places.
There was plenty of excitement as we got our bicycles and helmets and prepared to head out. “Joe” and Natsuki, who would be leading and following the group were making sure everyone’s seats and helmet straps were adjusted properly. There were also additional support staff who would provide assistance should we need it. They would follow the group in vans.
We made a brief stop at another port before powering on much more quickly to our next destination. The boat ride itself is a lot of fun!
The next cycling leg was just amazing! We rode along the shore for a few kilometers with a short break on the boardwalk for a group photo. I thought it was a great place for beach activities or even a bbq.
After a short climb, we stopped at viewpoint that offered amazing shots of the bay. Here, you can hang a seashell and ring a special bell to help bring love into your life. That’s what the AMA come here for.
We passed through a tunnel and headed down a hill, across a small river and soon on a road between rice fields leading to Kawaguchi Farms where we enjoyed some amazing melon. You can read about that here. (URL) We left on a different road, and passed through a few more tunnels heading back towards town. It felt great coasting down the open road.
Our climbing efforts were rewarded once we reached the top. A stunning panorama view of Ago Bay and the surrounding towns, villages, hotels and fishing areas spread out in front of us. There was a light mist covering it all. Some of the others in the group continued on to where there were a few more viewpoints, each one higher than the previous, and all offering great views.
I decided to relax in the small cafe at the top of the stairs at this viewpoint. I tried their sugarcane ice cream and it was the best decision I had made all day!! After the long climb - both on bicycle and on foot, the sweet snack was the perfect compliment to the wonderful view of Ago Bay.
Yokoyama Tenku (Sky View) Cafe Terrace
Open 9:00 - 16:30, closed on Tuesday
WI-FI available. Lounge area free to use.