Kitaura Circuit Course



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Kitaura Circuit Course

Around 73km

Ring Ring Road loops its way around the Nishiura area of Lake Kasumigaura. The 73km long Kitaura course is located on the eastern side of the Nishiura area. The course runs through tranquil lakeside scenery and is memorable for its four bridge crossings. The majority of the course runs east-to-west making it easy to combine with your chosen arrival and departure points.


  • 1

    Itako Station Tourist Information

    Borrow a bike for as little as ¥500 from this tourist information office and explore the area without worrying about bringing your own bike.

  • 2

    Nishi no Ichi no Torii Shrine

    This torii or shrine gate is one of Japan's largest 'floating' shrine gates. It also features in famous ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige's series 'Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces '.

    around 14km
  • 3

    Daikoku Sweet Shop

    This sweet shop is famous for its daifuku mochi, sticky rice cakes filled with cream and a flavour of your choice. Flavours inlude chocolate, matcha, orange, blueberry and sesame!

    around 20.5km
  • 4

    Ichimaru Diner

    This diner uses fresh fish from the Kashima Bay area and local produce. The set meals are affordable, filling and delicious!

    around 12.6km
  • 5

    Namegata Farmers Village

    Namegata Farmers Village is housed in a former elementary school and combines a farm shop, restaurant and hands-on farming experiences. At the 'Baked Sweet Potato Factory & Museum', learn everything there is to know about the history and manufacture of sweet potatoes and sample Japan's sweetest sweet potato. At the restaurant and shop, enjoy the freshest produce hand-selected by local farmers.

    around 25.9km
  • 6

    Swan Gathering

    Between the end of November and March, large numbers of swans gather here as part of their migration.

    around 11.7km
  • 7

    Itako Station Tourist Information


    around 14.7km