After a long winter break, my boys and I decided to pick up where we had left on our last ride and cover some more ground on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba.
We started the ride in Tateyama and then backtracked on Route 410 to get us back to where we had last left the coastal route. From Tateyama Station, it took about 30 minutes to reach the point where 410 intersects with routes 257 and 252 near the Merasaki Shrine.
The wind was pretty strong and we were a little concerned that it might get even stronger once we started cycling along the coast. However, as luck would have it, as soon as turned north along the coast we had the wind at our backs. And, as there was little traffic on these well maintained roads, we were able to make very good time.
The ride from Shirahama to Kamogawa was one of the best I have had in Japan. The views of the ocean on our right and mountains on our left were great. The roads were wide, with little traffic. And, again, that wind was a great help.
There are few hills and only a couple of short tunnels. There are plenty of places to stop for food, snacks, and even quite a few places where, if you were inclined to do so, you can pick your own flowers to bring home.
Kamogawa is a large town with some surf spots and surf shops. I didn’t find it particularly attractive, nor did we fancy the area around the Sea World Resort just down the road.
So, we decided to push on a bit more and found a nice minshuku in small village called Awaamatsu. They weren’t serving food, but they gave us two large rooms for only JPY 3,000 per person. And, the ofuro (Japanese Bath) was in fine condition and just what I needed after the brisk three hour ride.
My only complaint about this ride was that we didn’t start earlier and cover more ground as the riding was truly excellent.
I can’t wait to get back out to JR Awaamatsu Station and start working my way further up the coast.