Hikone Castletown 2days Cycling Tour
Join us on a 2-day cycling tour around Hikone Castle, one of Japan’s National Treasures. The first day begins at Hikone Castle and its surrounding castle town, followed by a second day cruising alongside Biwa Lake and around Kojinyama Park. The folks at Ridas provide a guided English cycling tour to enhance this rare and unique experience to go back in time to the samurai days.
Hikone Castle, located on the shores of Lake Biwa, was strategically built during the Edo period by the Ii family, a famous samurai family in Japan. It is one of the 12 original castles that exist in Japan, which means the main tower was never destroyed or reconstructed. You’ll notice the double moats and scattered stone walls that are very characteristic of a Japanese castle, but also the unique steep and irregular steps inside the castle that was built as a defensive strategy for the samurai.
After exploring the samurai castle life, Ridas will take you to your first cycling destination – the streets surrounding the castle! Imagine horseback riding with the samurai while riding your bicycle, but don’t get too caught up in your imaginations! Remember to take in the historic architecture and landscapes that surround the castle such as the old latticework and gables in the roofs that overlook Lake Biwa. It’s not that often you can ride around a castle, so what are you waiting for?!
A Jokamachi, or castle town, is common where there’s a castle, but the Hikone jokamachi retains most of the original aesthetics of a samurai town. Many of the houses and temples have been renovated, but all have kept the same traditional architectural style from the Edo period. As you walk deeper into the castle town, you’ll notice a retro Showa style shopping district with posters and buildings. Visit all the shops and restaurants that have been in business for generations and experience the nostalgia of old Japan.
Cannondale’s hybrid bikes are comfortable, easy to pedal, and very fast. They are recommended for first time bikers.
Cannondale is a maker of premium mountain bikes with distinctive appearances. Cannondale’s mountain bikes are perfect for those looking for something lightweight and easy to ride.
※Please note bicycles are subject to availability. There may be times when it will be a different brand other than Cannondale.
March 2(Fri), 9(Fri), 16(Fri), 30(Fri) 2018
April 6(Fri), 13(Fri), 20(Fri), 27(Fri), 2018
May 4(Fri), 11(Fri), 18(Fri), 25(Fri), 2018
June 1(Fri), 8(Fri), 15(Fri), 22(Fri), 29(Fri), 2018
July 6(Fri), 13(Fri), 20(Fri), 27(Fri) 2018
August 3(Fri), 10(Fri), 17(Fri), 24(Fri), 31(Fri) 2018
September 7(Fri), 14(Fri), 21(Fri), 28(Fri) 2018
NUMBER OF PARTCIPANTS
Min. 2 / Max. 10
「STRADABICYCLES (Shop)」 1-62 Motomachi Hikone-shi, Shiga-ken 522-0071
Please notify us 72 hours prior to the tour time if you want to cancel your tour. We will charge a cancellation fee based on the cancellation policy if you cancel the tour within 72 hours for any reason. Please see details below:
|72 hours or more prior to the tour time:||0% of tour fee|
|24 to 72 hours prior to the tour time:||50% of tour fee|
|Within 24 hours or the day of the tour or no show:||100% of tour fee|