off the beaten track
best to visit
march - november
2days | 1night
while shizuoka is best known as the home of mt.fuji and the craggy coastlines of the izu peninsula, the central region of suruga is an adventure cyclists haven. the tranquility of the green tea fields lead to un-paved forest roads which transport the rider to place of peace and simplicity. an off the beaten track adventure is waiting to be explored.
with multiple access points on the tokaido line, riders can start their adventure in shizuoka or shimada. both near to the waters of suruga bay and provide convenient access to the quiet roads of the north toward sasama and ikawa. these narrow mountain roads are dotted with the ever-green tea plantations, many precariously perched on hillsides making for an inspiring backdrop. the remnants of villages lost to time pass by as the road heads skyward until eventually event the roads become lost to time also. this is where the adventure shifts a gear and the roads snake through the forests, rough and unbeaten. despite the serenity and the seeming absence of life, oasis like cafés and guest houses are never to far and ready to welcome the valiant adventurer.
dirt is the new clean.
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.
why not turn your ride into a two-day adventure. sasama offers some great accommodation options to meet all riders’ needs and budgets.
kawasemi cottage - kawasemi cottage is approximately 70 years old and its restoration is part of a larger project (sasuichi restoration project: www.sasuichi.org). their aim is to preserve its retro charm while finding the optimal balance of tradition and comfort. (up to 4 guests) http://airbnb.com/h/kawasemi-cottage-sasama
koryu center sasama - a small elementary school surrounded by forests, tea fields and rivers has been reborn as an accommodation experience facility. offers both bunk and tatami rooms plus camping options and has onsen on-site. (1-20+ guests) https://www.kc-sasama.com/
SASU ICHI RESTORATION PROJECT
SASU ICHI is the old nickname of a private estate in the village of AWABARA located in the beautiful SASAMA region at the edge of SHIZUOKA Prefecture's southern Alps.
Consisting of ten buildings, including its own INARI shrine, the property's records document its 600+ year history.
The SASU ICHI project aims to revive the estate and reinvigorate the surrounding area in conjunction with the local community.
taste the region.
shizuoka is perhaps most famous around the world as a leader in the production of japanese green tea.
40% of all of japan’s green tea is grown in shizuoka so it is a reputation that is warranted and anywhere you go in the prefecture you will see large and small plantations with row upon row of green tea hedges.
if you enjoy this iconic japanese drink there are a number of different experiences waiting for you all through shizuoka. try match more just north of shimada for an authentic experience. https://www.instagram.com/matchamore55/
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