best to visit
april - november
2days | 1night
gotemba, nestled in the valley between mt. fuji and hakone, gotemba is one of the most scenic and incredible cycling destinations in japan. with a long history and once home to the royal family, the landscape offers incredible scenery and many hidden cultural gems. with good access from tokyo, nagoya and osaka, not to forget one of the key locations for the tokyo olympic road race, gotemba is developing its cycle friendly amenities and offering some unique on and off bike experiences.
the quiet roads to the east offer up unique views of mt. fuji, all an easy ride form the main entry point at gotemba station. choose the hakone/otome exit and the mountain greets you. the newly opened cafe 4120223 is the perfect place the start and the tourist centre located next door is also great for more information. there are two main loops, both intermediate to advanced as there is a moderate amount of climbing. see our recommended courses for more details, but expect stunning views of fuji on a clear day and quiet undulating backroads through the forest. heading further south, another great location and stopping point is the famous tokino sumika, which is part hotel complex, part theme park. again, great coffee and some unique views of mt. fuji can be enjoyed.
the allure of the region is not only the breathtaking views, but the vast amounts of easy access dirt roads. this emerging cycling trend has been buoyed over the past 5 years by bicycle manufacturers offering typical road frames with clearance for wider tyres and specific mixed terrain bikes. what this allows is the chance to explore roads and areas otherwise off-limits to conventional bikes which the suruga region and sasama and shimada areas have plenty to offer. our courses include multiple sections of off-road terrain all easily accessible and rideable. that being said, and while it is nice to not get lost, there are numerous more adventures to be unearthed so we recommend getting on the bike and spend a few days exploring this wonderful region.
don’t get caught in the mountains without some essential equipment.
•gps unit with pre-loaded course
•enough food, water for your ride.
•spare tubes, pump, tools including chain tools
•proper clothing for changing conditions
•tell somebody your planned route and expected finish time.
shizuoka prefecture is one of the foremost producers of green tea in japan and gotemba is home to an 18th generational tea producing master. along with supplying the japanese royal family, their hand-dried tea is one of the most sought after in japan. this product requires a specialist touch, but the master has made his multi generational knowledge and skill set available and we can know learn about the history and technique of this extremely special work. join the master and learn about what it takes to make craft the best green tea in japan.
the edo period in japan signified the beginning of many fine arts along with cultural and economic growth. in this era, beautiful fabrics were made using a unique indigo dyeing process. these days, only a handful of artisans keep this tradition alive, and we can experience this very special handcraft in downtown gotemba. visit the master himself and learn about the beauty of traditional indigo dyeing and enjoy learning how to make your very own textiles.
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