Cycle through beautiful rural Bizen and Wake Cities

Katatetsu Roman Cycling Road

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Cycle through rural Bizen & Wake Cities on the Katakami Roman Cycling Road

ABOUT this Cycling Road

For over 50 years, the Katakami Railroad carried people and hauled pyrite mined from the Yanahara pyrite mine in the north. However, the railway closed in 1991, and in 2003 was paved in and reintroduced as a cycling road.

The course is 34 kilometers one way, and is relatively flat and therefore good for beginning cyclists and families. The course runs between the Katakami district of Bizen City in the southeast and the Yanahara district of Misaki Town in the northeast, and courses alongside the beautiful Yoshii river and green mountains. Visitors can spend the day cycling through the beautiful, natural scenery of rural Okayama; enjoy the sites of small towns and villages, old railway stations and tunnels, and more along the way.

Rent-a-cycles are available at the Bizen Cycling Terminal (at the start of the trail near JR Bizen Katakami Station), JR Wake Station (mid-trail), and at the Ukaidani Transportation Park (mid-trail).

ABOUT THE AREA

Wake Town is the starting and ending point for the Katatetsu Cycling Road. Wake is a mid-sized town located in southeastern Okayama Prefecture. This rural town has a well-cared for environment and a full calendar of events that focuses on nature.

In spring, cherry blossoms can be viewed at Houran-en garden which has over 400 trees. In late April to mid-May, the Wisteria Park takes front stage when the largest wisteria park in Japan goes into full bloom. The park features 100 varieties of wisteria including purple, lavender, pink, and white flowering vines.

In summer, the “wamojiyaki event is held on August 16th of every year. At this event, the Chinese character “wa” representing the “wa” in “Wake” is burned into the mountainside; the character also means ‘peace’. Late August also brings the Apple Festival which is held in Apple Park. The park boasts 1050 trees of 14 varieties of apples; apple picking at the park starts at the end of August and goes on through the end of October.

The Crane festival is the hallmark of October and is held at the Okayama Prefecture Nature Preservation Center. The Center is also home to many other natural beauties, including kingfishers, wild ducks, pygmy woodpeckers, Eurasian jays, and a variety of fish, insects, forest and water plants.

In autumn, November welcomes the momiji or “maple leaf festival” when over 900 trees along the ‘Poet’s Walk’, located on the mountain near the Wisteria Park, show their fall colors.

For year-round enjoyment, Ukaidani Onsen hot spring features a natural hot spring, an indoor heated pool, tennis courts, and lodging.

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