Agematsu – Mt. Ontake

I did a short trip from Agematsu (上松) on the Nakasendo (中山道) to Mt. Ontake (εΎ‘εΆ½ε±±) recently, catching the late afternoon train from Kachigawa (勝川) north of Nagoya to Nakatsugawa, where I changed trains to Agematsu. Altogether about two hours of travel. From there I rode just under 40kms or so west towards Kaida Kogen (ι–‹η”°ι«˜εŽŸ) before finding shelter in a small picnic area at the side of the road for the night.

These areas are perfect for bike packing in Japan – easy to find, sheltered from the rain, and quite often have toilets and amenities nearby.

I settled down for the night and surprisingly managed to sleep for a solid 8 hours or so. Maybe it was the calming sound of the nearby river or simply tiredness after waking up at 4am earlier that day.

After packing up I headed up Mt. Ontake to superb views of not only the volcano itself but also the β€˜Alpe d’Huez’ of Japan, Mt. Norikura (δΉ—ιž), and Ishikawa prefecture (covered in cloud) in the far distance. Β From there I rode the R435 and R441 across the northern slope of Mt. Ontake (still erupting) down into Gero Onsen and back home. I’ve written about riding here before so take a look if you haven’t already.

Train fare – Β₯1940 (single)

There is no planned route for this trip but if you want any help with planning your own please send me a message.

Agematsu Station, Nagano
Riding towards Mt. Ontake, Nagano
Quick break, Kaida Kogen, Nagano
Hotel for the evening
Bike packing in Japan is easy
Mt. Norikura (Japan’s ‘Alpe d’Huez’)
Mamakodake (碙子岳), Nagano
Towards Ishikawa
Mt. Ontake (still erupting in the distance), Gifu
Fairdale Weekender Drop
Northern slopes of Mt. Ontake. The snake-like formation is Japan’s largest ever lava flow apparently.
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Screenshot of day two
Agematsu – Mt. Ontake

Shimanami Kaido with First Over Everything

Bike Packing Japan hasn’t had a chance to ride the iconic Shimanami Kaido (しまγͺみ桷道) route yet but Bradley from First Over Everything has and he made a video this time last year.

As it’s one of the most popular rides in Japan for foreign tourists it’s well worth taking the time out to watch.

As I haven’t ridden it yet I’m not in a position to offer advice on where to stay etc but as it’s so popular logistic shouldn’t be a problem. 

Shimanami Kaido with First Over Everything