Back in the 90’s, when I was a kid, I used to like cycling around my neighbourhood on my bike in Manchester. As I got older, the bikes got bigger and the rides got longer. Now, living in Osaka, my love of endurance rides is at an all-time high and I am in the right place for a person who loves cycling! For many tourists. Osaka serves as a kind of hub to travel to various places in Kansai and surrounding areas. This is also the case for cycling. Day trips to Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama are all possible by bicycle (of course, I’m talking about road bikes and not mamachari’s!). I’m going to tell you about one of my regular cycling routes.
One of my most frequent rides is a loop around Mt. Ikoma, cycling through both Osaka and Nara prefectures. To start, I cycle to the Yodogawa river along the Ogawa. Next, I follow the Yodogawa’s cycle path towards Kyoto until it connects to the Kizugawa. After that, I follow the Kizugawa until I get to Kizu and then cycle on the road along Route 754 to Nara Park. Next, I zig-zag through Nara city, Yamato-Koriyama and Horyuji before finally coming back to Osaka via Kashihara on Route 25. Once I am back in Osaka prefecture, I ride on the cycle path that runs along the side of the Yamatogawa. Finally, I head north from the river towards Tennoji, cutting through Nagai Park, and then return home. This ride is just over 100km and takes between 4-5 hours. I really enjoy this ride as it is quite easy and helps me to relax, depending on how fast I do it!
There are so many routes, cycling cafes and places to be visited by bicycle in Osaka. I would highly recommend cycling as a hobby to anyone living in Osaka and I would also advise tourists to go sight…cycling?! Give cycling in Osaka a try!