Continuing my journey along the Boso Peninsula, I and my oldest son, decided to start from Hamakanaya and head east. To get to started we took the ferry from Kurihama across Tokyo Bay to Chiba.
The road, Route 127, is great for cycling, with ample space, and little traffic. The road is relatively flat with ocean views to the right and mountains to the left. However, there are about five or six tunnels, so make sure you have proper lighting.
There are plenty of places to stop for food and drinks.
Our favourite pit stop was at the Sunozaki Light House which sits at the top of hill at the tip of the peninsula. There is a nice little snack shop ramen restaurant at the base of the light house. The owners were quite friendly and even gave us a free snack plate.
Out on the road again, we biked a long a good stretch of coastal beaches with plenty, of sand, surf, and surfers. I wouldn’t call the beaches pristine, as there was a fair amount of rubbish. But, I would call them nice, as there is plenty of sand, medium sized surf, and not too many people. In fact, I really couldn’t believe that we could be so close to Tokyo, but on such uncrowded beaches.
As the sun was starting to set, we decided to head back to Tateyama via Route 410. Once there we caught a train and headed home.
After we returned, I was telling a friend about the ride and they mentioned that we could have also take the rope car at Hamakanaya Station to view one of the oldest and largest carved Buddhas in Japan. Nokogiriyama is the home of Nihon-ji temple which was founded in the year 725.