Ride along the shore of Lake Kasumigaura, taking in magnificent views and stopping at idyllic rest spots along the way. Suitable for all abilities, the cycling tour is followed by a chance to dig up lotus roots in Ibaraki (the country’s biggest producer in 2021) and then cook and eat this Japanese delicacy for yourself.
Dive into the culture of rural Japan, on a truly unique cycling tour around Lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture, culminating in the distinctly local experience of harvesting a Japanese delicacy — lotus root! Lotus root, or “renkon,” is a classic ingredient in Japanese cuisine, and Ibaraki produces more of it than any other prefecture in Japan. On this tour, you’ll learn what it’s like to dig up renkon like a local, but not before taking in the local scenery on a picturesque cycling tour around Lake Kasumigaura. You’ll enjoy a pleasant ride around the country’s second-largest lake, on an easy course suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. Your guide ensures you find the best rest spots along the way, so you can take in the scenic views and enjoy the ride at an easy pace. After your ride, you’ll meet local farmers and learn first-hand how they harvest this popular root that feeds the nation. Dig up some renkon yourself, then cook it on the barbeque for a taste of real Japan.