This is the sightseeing cycling route to visit many places, starting from Tsuruga Castle: the symbol of Aizu and then going south along the line of the Aizu Rail Line, which has an exotic atmosphere.
When you return, you can put your bicycle aboard the train on the Aizu Rail Line without using a Rinko Bag and get off the train at Nishi Aizuwakamatsu train station. While riding the train, you can enjoy beautiful scenery from the train window. Afterwards, you can go back to Tsuruga Castle by bicycle.
You can leave Tsuruga castle in the morning and have the famous lunch, “Negi” (spring onion) Soba in Ouchijyuku.
Distance: 44km, Elevation Gain: 859m
The start and end location is Tsuruga Castle, the symbol of Aizu. There is a paid parking lot around the castle.
Riding through the wonderful and peaceful countryside along the Aizu Railway Line.
The destination of your trip is Oouchi-juku, which retains some traces from the Edo period. There are more than 30 old style houses with thatched roofs in the deep mountains along the stream. It is 5km far from the town and it is a spectacular place.
Speaking of the food at Oouchi-juku, there is a type of soba they serve called “Negi Soba”, that you eat it with Negi as chopsticks. Why not have some Negi Soba for lunch?
If you stop by one more place, you go to “Tou no Hetsuri”, where huge stones like towers stand in a line about 100m long. When you pass along the suspension bridge, which spans the cliff, you can go into the Kigan (oddly shaped rocks) which were made via erosion many years ago.
When you return, you can bring your bicycle onto the train. Head on back and look at the incredible, rural scenery of Aizu with its beautiful deep valley.