Head north from Hiroshima city and you are into the countryside in no time. The urban landscape soon gives way to the areas at the base of mountains cultivated by small rural communities, known as “satoyama”. There are many beautiful areas to the north of Hiroshima city, but a combination of reasonably good accessibility by public transport and E-bike tours offered by Trip Oasa make the town of Oasa in Kitahiroshima an excellent day trip destination.
Trip Oasa will pick you up from the bus stop at Oasa Interchange (70 minutes from Hiroshima Bus Center) and drive you to their bike rental station at Oasa Bus Terminal (Oasa Eki). If you are concerned about your fitness, you needn’t worry as the E-bikes they have on hand are excellent and will do much of the work for you.
After a brief orientation and the chance to get used to the bikes, braking and shifting gears, the English-speaking guide leads off on one of two routes based upon the final destination. Choose to head to the top of a near or to the mysterious Tengu Shide Hornbeam forest. If you are feeling strong you can opt to hit both of these spots, but you are unlikely to have much time to chill and enjoy the views along the way.
And what views there are!
The outlook from the mountaintop is quite something on a clear day, but it’s the bucolic rural scenes that you can enjoy as you weave among the rice fields that really make this a pleasant day out.
Tour Fee (per person)
Age: 6-15yrs: ¥2,900
Minimum Participants: 2 people
Maximum Participants: 10 People
E-Mountain Bike, Helmet, Guide Fee, Accident Insurance Coverage, Sales Tax
Height over 120cm (3ft. 11in)
Ability to ride the bicycle alone.
17:00 2 days prior to the tour