A two wheel wonderland

Hiruzen Cycling

maniwa city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photo source | Maniwa City Facebook Page


It is no secret that the Hiruzen region of Maniwa City is a trekker’s paradise.There are numerous trails through its impressive number of mountain peaks.The area is also one of Okayama Prefecture’s top skiing areas.

In fact, when it comes to enjoying the natural environment, there is arguably no better place to do so in the prefecture than Hiruzen. Whether you want to go camping on the rough side or enjoy the glamorous version (glamping), you will find the perfect spot in this highland section of Okayama.

Cycling has gained in popularity in Hiruzen, as people have discovered new ways to appreciate its pristine natural environment.The Highlands have a developed system of roads with relatively light car traffic, so it is an ideal choice for cycling. If it is your first time to the area it might be a good idea to get a guide to take you to the prime spots to make the most of your adventure. Hiruzen Cycling offers a guide service and is recommended on Maniwa City’s website.

You can rent a bicycle that suits your riding needs.There are mountain bikes, road racers, tandem bikes and electric power assisted bicycles available from one hour to half a day. If you are looking for a little adventure, take part in one of the regular cycling events that are held in Hiruzen throughout the year. A few examples include forest mountain biking tours, snow cycling and early morning “breakfast rides”. Hiruzen is a year round cycling spot with unique tours that connect riders to the beautiful landscape and culture of the region. You may come to think of this highland sanctuary as your home away from home in much the way that so many visitors do.

Access:Take the Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Ebi Station. It is about a 25-30 minute taxi ride from JR Ebi Station to Hiruzen Cycling Club.


About the Area

Maniwa City is a vast rural city that offers travelers the opportunity to enjoy lush scenery, agricultural goodness, outdoor activities, historic townscapes and relaxing hot springs.

The Hiruzen Highlands and the surrounding mountains largely define Maniwa’s natural environment. Highland pastures are home to the local dairy industry, which is at the forefront of milk and natural cheese production.

The mountains of the Hiruzen region are great for skiing and trekking, with the lowland areas offering excellent roads for cycling.

Katsuyama is a traditional town that is dominated by authentic Edo era storefronts, houses and warehouses. The town shops are famous for the curtains that decorate their entrances.

North of Katsuyama is the hot spring town of Yubara and its signature Yubara Dam. Enjoy an outdoor bath at the base of the dam or venture into one of the local spas.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee