Cycling in Azumino

Cycling in Azumino

Cycling is not only one of the best ways to get around to the various sightseeing spots in Azumino, but it’s also an amazing way to see the best of the Japanese countryside. With hundreds of rice paddies, farms, and old farmhouses to be found throughout the area, Azumino is lauded as one of the few places where you can still see scenes reminiscent of old Japan and what you may call the “traditional” lifestyle.


The fact that the town is surrounded by the stunning peaks of the Northern Japan Alps makes this area all the more enchanting. In the spring when the rice paddies have just been planted and filled with water, seeing the snow-capped mountains reflected across the flushed fields dotted with emerald seedlings is simply breathtaking. During harvest season, the same rice paddies are a warm golden hue that complements the blue autumn skies. Gliding through these stunning views on a bicycle is an experience worth having!


Another great thing about cycling is that you move around Azumino at your pace without having to worry about bus times or finding taxis, not to mention you can explore off the beaten path and discover hidden gems like little-known temples and shrines, art galleries, and historic spots. Because the area is fairly flat without any big hills and rental shops offer electric-assist bicycles, cycling makes for an excellent family-friendly activity.
For detailed information on where you can rent bicycles, head over to our Local Transportation in Azumino, Hotaka article. Also, if you are up for a longer ride, you may want to try cycling from Azumino to Matsumoto Castle!


Rates start at 200 yen per hour, depending on bicycle type and rental shop

About 3 hours

From Nagano station, take JR Shinonoi Line to Akashina Station. You can get taxi or bus to the Hotaka Station area from there (bus runs seasonally, so be sure to check the schedule). It takes longer but you can also get to Hotaka Station directly by train via Matsumoto: Take the JR Shinonoi or Wide View Shinano to Matsumoto, then transfer to the JR Oito Line and take the train to Hotaka Station.

There are two bicycle rental shops right by Hotaka Station in Azumino: Hitsujiya and Shinano-an. You can also rent share cycles from a service called Hello Cycling (ask at the Tourist Information Center by the station).


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