Shirojiri - Kyoto







2 days






Madleen Hensel

Short Description

Embark on a cycling adventure from Shirojiri to Kyoto via Ogaki, tracing a path through Japan’s rich history and stunning landscapes. Day one begins in Shirojiri, where the journey kicks off amidst the charm of the countryside. Passing through Nakatsugawa, cyclists encounter the preserved post town of Magome-juku, a window into Japan’s feudal past. Suwa Shrine provides a tranquil oasis for reflection before continuing towards Ogaki. Day two sees cyclists departing Ogaki, pedaling through Gifu’s rolling hills and past the historic town of Sekigahara, site of a pivotal battle in Japan’s history. The route follows the scenic Kamo River, offering moments of serene contemplation amidst nature’s beauty. As cyclists approach Kyoto, anticipation builds for the cultural treasures awaiting in Japan’s ancient capital. This two-day journey blends physical challenge with cultural immersion, inviting cyclists to explore Japan’s past while forging unforgettable memories on the open road. Whether drawn to the historic landmarks, picturesque landscapes, or the thrill of adventure, this cycling route promises an enriching experience for all who embark upon it.

Route overview


Adjustability route

Easy to adjust

Recommended time of year

March to October

Travel to start

Train to Shirojiri

Travel from finish

Train from Kyoto


Easy to get

Road Surface

Mostly good
Reommended Bike Type

Recommended Bike Type

All types possible


Travel to start








As I embark on my cycling journey from Shirojiri to Kyoto via Ogaki, I can feel the thrill of adventure pulsating through my veins. The crisp morning air greets me as I pedal away from Shirojiri, leaving behind its quaint streets and charming atmosphere. Today’s destination: Ogaki, a city brimming with history and culture.

The route from Shirojiri to Ogaki offers stunning views of the Japanese countryside. As I pedal along, the towering peaks of the Japanese Alps loom in the distance, providing a breathtaking backdrop to my journey. Along the way, I pass by the picturesque town of Nakatsugawa, known for its traditional architecture and vibrant local markets.

One notable stop on today’s route is the Magome-juku, a well-preserved post town along the historic Nakasendo Trail. Steeped in history, Magome-juku offers a glimpse into Japan’s feudal past, with its cobbled streets and traditional wooden buildings. As I explore the town, I can’t help but imagine the travelers who once traversed these same roads centuries ago.

Another highlight of today’s ride is the Suwa Shrine, nestled amidst lush greenery on the shores of Lake Suwa. This sacred site is dedicated to Suwa Myojin, the deity of the Suwa region, and offers a serene oasis for weary travelers. Taking a moment to pause and reflect at the shrine, I feel a profound sense of peace wash over me, reminding me of the spiritual connection between nature and culture in Japan.



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After a restful night in Ogaki, I eagerly set out towards my final destination: Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan. The road ahead is long, but filled with promise and excitement.

Leaving Ogaki behind, I pedal through the rolling hills of Gifu Prefecture, where verdant rice paddies stretch out as far as the eye can see. The rhythmic chirping of cicadas fills the air, adding to the tranquil ambiance of the countryside.

One of the highlights of today’s ride is the historic town of Sekigahara, famous for the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, which marked the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate. As I pass through the town, I can’t help but feel a sense of awe at the thought of the fierce samurai warriors who once fought on these very grounds.

Further along the route, I encounter the awe-inspiring beauty of the Kamo River as it winds its way through the scenic landscape. Known for its tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings, the Kamo River is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to relax and unwind. Taking a moment to pause by the riverbank, I soak in the peaceful atmosphere, feeling grateful for the opportunity to experience such natural beauty on my journey.

As I pedal closer to Kyoto, anticipation mounts with each passing mile. The ancient capital beckons, promising a wealth of cultural treasures and unforgettable experiences. With renewed determination, I press on, eager to explore all that Kyoto has to offer.