Ikuno Town Tour
From: ¥12,000 per person
Cycling starts with a steady climb that's no match for the power of the E-Bike and after moving through a tunnel takes us gently downhill that soon reveals the scenic farming landscape. Over the river and through the woods, you will be introduced to interesting artefacts and scenery that beg to have their photos taken of. If you are lucky, you'll have a close encounter to get an up-close photo of the train at a popular photography spot known mostly by locals.Your cycling guide will lead you on to return to Ikuno Town, Along the way, your guide will show you some remarkable points of interest until your destination is reached. A short walking tour after a period of rest will introduce the charm of Ikuno town. There's much to discover and learn.
As you cycle through Ikuno, you will experience a mining town with more than 1200 years of history. Take a moment and walk along the tracks of the mine carts that carried the ore at the time and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rivers, shrines and nature. Learn how French engineers were involved in the development of the industrialization of the mining town and the first step towards the modernization of Japan. Ikuno is located at the Centre of Hyogo prefecture linking Tajima and Harima.
The town includes the headstream of Maruyama River drifting to the Sea of Japan and Ichikawa River drifting to the Seto Inland Sea. In turn, it is the watershed of the north and the south of Hyogo prefecture. Additionally, as the legend goes, the opening of Ikuno silver mine was in the 2nd year of the Daido era (807). Furthermore, a magistrate's office was placed in Ikuno during the Edo era. Accordingly, the silver mine has been supporting the town's prosperity for a long time ago.
Road of Ores Tour (Ikuno to Mikobata)
From: ¥20,000 per person
We visit one of the oldest remaining official residence and company housing in Japan. Situated within the historic silver mining town of Ikuno has been designated as a nationally significant cultural landscape. These "Koushataku" houses were built by the Mitsubishi Corporation around 1876 and are now designated cultural properties of Asago City. In such a historic building, you can experience booking accommodation while thinking about the life of the past.
As you cycle through Ikuno, you will experience a mining town with more than 1200 years of history. Take a moment and walk along the tracks of the mine carts that carried the ore at the time and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rivers, shrines and nature. Learn how French engineers were involved in the development of the industrialization of the mining town and the first step towards the modernization of Japan.
After passing through the local residencies and exiting Ikuno town we go towards Habuchi town along the Road of Ores route. We make a check stop at one of the oldest remaining cast-iron bridges built in Japan where you can get up and close and walk on top of it. It is a great photo spot during Cherry Blossom season.
Located in the deeper valley, we stop at Japan's oldest cast-iron bridge built by French engineers over 170 years ago. The river offers spectacular photographic opportunities. It is a special place our guests often like to spend time at.
As we approach Mikobata, be ready to be in awe of the sheer size of the ruins that reveal themselves. You will learn more about the history of the ruins and have the opportunity to purchase locally-made souvenirs. We'll enjoy lunch together here and have free time to roam around.
We stop at our dedicated Cyclist Station and base of operations. Enjoy a complimentary drink and unwind with us in a comfortable setting before your departure.
The bikes we use.
Asago Cycling offers premium styles and experiences and pays special attention to detail that makes sure our customers have a wonderful and safe experience.
For our guided tours, we use E-Bikes. Our tours are focused on each client"s travelling and sightseeing journey to be done in the most comfortable and fun way. E-Bikes offer electric-powered assistance when you cycle and make a huge difference when going uphill. E-Bikes ensure all our customers are equal to enjoy the tour together. No need for unnecessary strain so you can reach your destination comfortably.
Cross-bikes are available and we can arrange for any other bicycles you wish to use during your visit.
More tours coming soon!
We will be offering a variety of tours throughout Asago City. Currently, we are planning the next set of tours.
We aim to offer the best quality tours and safety to experience Asago at its best.