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Cycle the Ring Ring Road in Ibaraki Prefecture

Partners Information: Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road in southern Ibaraki Prefecture is located within Suigo-Tsukuba Quasi-National Park and is one of Japan's first National Cycle Routes. The full course is 180km long but there are several shorter routes that suit cyclists of all fitness levels. 

Cyclists can enjoy a diverse range of natural landscapes, with the course made up of two main sections: the Mt Tsukuba area which is built along the route of the former Tsukuba Railway, and the Lake Kasumigaura area, which runs along Japan’s second largest lake. 

In addition to rental bicycle services, there are rest areas and cycling support stations along the way. There are also historical and cultural sites to experience, and places where you can purchase local products or enjoy dishes made using local produce. 

For those interested in a multi-day adventure there are accomodation options that cater to cyclists such as Hoshino Resort BEB5 Tsuchiura . The hotel is Hoshino Resort's first hotel for cyclists and opened in October 2020. There is a bicycle maintenance space for lodgers and it’s designed to be spacious enough to move around with a bicycle, with some rooms even allowing you to bring your bicycle inside. 

If you’d like to experience the rural lifestyle on a farm stay or a guided cycling tour, a range of options are available in places such as Inashiki Nest in Inakishi City. The city is located along the cycling route, and also hosted pre-game training camps for the Australian trampoline team for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

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