Q.It's my first time visiting Ring Ring Road, what's your recommended cycling course?
The former Tsukuba Railway Line course in the Mount Tsukuba area is perfect for beginnners. This area is open to bikes and pedestrians only, and makes use of converted former stations along the route as rest areas . For a true cycling adventure, try the full Lake Kasumigaura Loop Course Or, if you're a more advanced cyclist, try the Mount Tsukuba Hill Climb area for a challenge. For more information on the different cycling courses available, please read the 'Courses' page.
※Ring Ring Road includes both bike paths and public roads in some areas. Please be aware of traffic and cycle safely.
Q.Where can I enjoy the view and try some local foods?
Ring Ring Road showcases the beauty of the Ibaraki countryside all year round; from cherry blossoms and irises in Spring, fields of lotus flowers in Summer to red spider lillies and changing leaves on the slopes of Mount Tsukuba in the Autumn. Ibaraki is the breadbasket of Japan so there are plenty of local, seasonal dishes to try. As well as being the biggest producer of lotus root and melon in Japan, Ibaraki is also known for fruits such as strawberries, Asian pears and chestnuts, and fresh fish such as smelt and icefish. Check out the 'Nearby Sightseeing Spots' page for more information on what to see and do along the course!
Q.What kind of bike should I use?
Hybrid bikes combine a comfortable riding position with the ability to change gears like a road bike for the best of both worlds. E-bikes offer assisted pedalling making hill climbs or completing the full Lake Kasumigaura circuit a breeze.
Q.I don't own my own bike…
Rental bikes are available to borrow at 10 locations along the cycling route. You can return your bike at a different place from where you borrowed it as well as borrow a bike for an extended period of time (booking required). Many towns and villages in the Ring Ring Road area also offer rental bike services - please contact the relevant municipality for more information.
Q.What should I wear to cycle? What should I bring?
For advice on what to wear and bring, see the 'Tips for an Enjoyable Cycling Experience' section of the 'About' page. Store your luggage or stock up on supplies with the lockers, changing rooms and cycling goods shop located in Ring Ring Square, Tsuchiura Station.
Q.Where can I get a Cycling Route Map?
Maps of Ring Ring Road are available at Ring Ring Square Tsuchiura and at cycle rental facilities throughout the region. If you would like to receive a map in the post, please contact us using the Inquiry Form.
Q.Where is the best point to depart from?
For visitors arriving by train, Tsuchiura Station is the recommended departure point. Rental cycles as well as a space to unpack and assemble bikes are available in Ring Ring Square, giving you the freedom to travel light or bring your own bike by train. For visitors arriving by car, free car parks are available in Kasumigaura Park (Tsuchiura City) and Tennozaki Park (Namegata City). A free car park equipped with bicycle pumps and racks is availble at Tsukuba Rest Area. For more information please see the 'Access' Page.
Q.I got a puncture! What should I do?
If you are using a rental cycle, please contact Lacus Marina Cycling Project Support Desk on 029-022-2437. If you are using your own bike, please bring a pump and spare tube in case of punctures. Pumps and tools are also available to borrow at Cycling Support Stations throughout the course.
Q.I want to complete all 180km of the course! Is this possible?
It takes around 9 hours for an experienced cyclist to complete all 180km of Ring Ring Road. However, there are plenty of places to visit along the Ring Ring Road so a two-day one-night trip is recommended! For more information please see the 'Courses' page.