The Shinano Lake Nojiri Route
Enjoy the richness of the mountains and the spacious resorts.
From Iiyama City, past Wakui Village in Toyota District of Nakano City and Arasebara Village in Shinano Town, through Lake Nojiri and to the Kurohime Plateau. With hills to climb, beautiful rural scenery, and a spacious lake, this route has all of the best scenery from Shinetsu. At first glance, it may look like a difficult route, but by using the E-BIKE (a sports bike with electronic assistance), you will be able to feel the changing scenery using all of your senses without using too much of your energy on pedaling. You can also enjoy food and sweets on your way from Lake Nojiri to the Kurohime Plateau. We highly recommend this route as a group ride or girls' trip.
|RECOMMEND TO||groups, couples, athletic cyclists|
You can start from JR Iiyama Station going towards Toyota Iino Interchange, and then go around the Madarao
You will start by climbing uphill towards Wakui Village in the Toyota District of Nakano City. Wakui Village, located between the mountains, has a sharp variation in temperature between the day and night. It is a secret birthplace of the Kirishita soba noodles. The soba noodles in this village are called the Wakui soba noodles, and you can enjoy them in Teuchi Soba Kitazawa, known for its high quality, and Wakui Senta, known for its generous quantity.
Once you leave Wakui Village, you will start to go down hill towards Arasebara Village in Shinano Town. A little while later, the view will open to show Mt Kurohime and Mt Izuna, and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful rural scenery. Taking care to not disturb the farm work, we recommend you take one road further down the main road. You will encounter scenery that looks like it was made for Shinetsu cycling, and you will want to stop cycling to take a picture.
Once you cycle beyond the rural scenery, you will find yourself in a forest. Beyond the forest, you will find
the view open up to show Lake Nojiri.
Cycling on the road around the spacious lakeside, your heart will dance at the slightly different scenery which looks like a resort. Lake Nojiri is known as the excavation site of the fossil of the Naumann elephants, and you will find monuments which depict ancient scenery as you go along the lakeside. Here, you can enjoy a scenery of that of a resort as well as its history.
You can also enjoy lunch overlooking Lake Nojiri. You can enjoy your meal on the restaurant terrace, or enjoy a takeaway lunch in the park. You will be sure to spend a long time here where time gently passes by.
The fun does not end here on this route. You will be riding the E-BIKE. Use all of the functions on the bike and enjoy the taste of the Kurohime Plateau. Next stop is tasting the soft ice cream from the plateau. Here in Shinano Town, there are two types of soft ice cream that we want you to definitely try. The first is the Kurohime Milk Soft Ice Cream, which uses fresh milk from the Kurohime Plateau, and you can have this at Roadside Station Shinano. The second is the Blueberry Soft Ice Cream, topped with plenty of homegrown blueberries, you can have this at the blueberry garden. You can choose which one to have as a treat for having cycled this long, or you can have both!
Now that you have your bellies full, let us reach our goal that is Kurohime Station. You can leave your rental bicycle at the nearby Shinano Town Visitor Center. If you use the Shinano Railway Kita-Shinano Line you can easily travel onward to Nagano. By combining the E-BIKE and the local train lines, you can further enjoy cycling in Shinetsu's nature.
Shops and points of interest along route
Wakui Soba Noodles
Retro Bus Station
Arasebara Rural Scenery
The greenery, water, and air of Lake Nojiri
Roadside Station Shinano
Blueberry garden Matsuki
Activities at Lake Nojiri
Drop off Station
Shinetsu-Shizenkyo Activity Center
This is the starting point of your trip! You can go with your favorite bicycles. There are nine kinds of bicycle; city cruiser , electric, cross, road, mountain, fat and Tandem bikes.
Shinano town Tourist Information Center
Shinano town is widely known as a leader in forest therapy. Explore the healing forest and get away from today’s stress-filled society.
|Half a day: 1,000yen
|Cross bike is lightweight, designed to be ridden on off-road, unpaved and paved roads at relatively high speed. It's great for long rides.We have the mont-bell's & bianch's.|
|Half a day: 3,000yen 1day: 4,000yen||Road bicycle is of a lightweight construction and for traveling at speed on paved roads. It's great for long rides and clibming hills.|
|Elecric cross bike||S.M.L
|Half a day: 3,000yen 1day: 4,000yen||Electric cross bike is great for long rides and climbing steep
The battery will last for maximum of 115 km.
|Gravel road with electric assist||One Size
|Half a day: 4,000yen 1day: 5,000yen||It is a gravel road bike with electric assist. Equipped with 650B x 45C size tires, stable driving is possible on courses such as forest roads and farm roads and off-road. You can ride uphill easily, and the running performance that combines the lightness of a road bike is outstanding. Long rides are possible with a long battery. Appropriate height: M size (165cm-178cm)|