[For beginners] Easy cycling in the castle town of Ozu!

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Ozu City has a number of cycling courses that can be enjoyed by everyone from beginners to experts. In this article, we will introduce some easy cycling courses that you can take with a rental bicycle. There are not many hills and the distance is long enough to make you sweat a little, so please giv...

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Easy bicycle rental in the castle town of Ozu

Ozu City has a number of cycling courses that can be enjoyed by everyone from beginners to experts.

In this article, we will introduce some easy cycling courses that you can take with a rental bicycle.

There are not many hills and the distance is long enough to make you sweat a little, so please give it a try!

Mileage: Approximately 14km

Time required: 3-4 hours

Elevation gained: Approximately 100m

We also recommend ``NIPPONIA HOTEL Ozu Castle Town'' as a base for cycling in Ozu. If you are staying overnight, please also refer to the article below.

Check out the official website of “NIPPONIA HOTEL Ozu Castle Town”

① Rent a bicycle [Ozu Town Station Asamoya or Iyo Ozu Station Tourist Information Center]

First, let's rent a bicycle at `` Ozu Machino Station Asamoya '' or `` Iyo Ozu Station Tourist Information Center '' !

If you are coming by car, we recommend "Ozu Machi no Eki Asamoya," and if you are coming by train, we recommend the "Iyo Ozu Station Tourist Information Center."

Please refer to the article below for information on how to rent a bicycle.

②Feel the four seasons of Ozu [Riverbed Square in front of the field]

The first place we recommend heading to is ``Hatanomae Riverbed Square'' .

You can experience the four seasons of Ozu with rape blossoms in spring, sunflowers in summer, and cosmos in autumn.

There is also a red bridge along the river, and the contrast with the seasonal flowers makes it a photogenic landscape.

Depending on the time of year, there may be times when the flowers are not in bloom, so we recommend checking in advance.

The Hata no Mae Riverbed Square is also introduced in this article, so please check it out as well.

③ A staple of Ozu tourism [Ozu Castle]

How to get to Ozu Castle

The next destination is Ozu Castle .

We recommend taking the route shown in the image on the way to Ozu Castle.

You can cycle along the Hijigawa River that flows through Ozu, and you can also ride while looking at Ozu Castle.

As you approach Ozu Castle, head towards it using the following route.

Once you get to this point, Ozu Castle will start to look beautiful, so be sure to find a good angle to take a good photo!

How to enjoy Ozu Castle

When you arrive at Ozu Castle, be sure to take a tour inside the castle.

The castle tower was rebuilt with wood, so you can experience the impressive wooden structure.

In addition, various improvements have been made for visitors to enjoy.

Please refer to this article for a detailed explanation of Ozu Castle!

④Feel the beauty of Japanese architecture [Garyu Sanso]

Our next destination is Garyu Sanso , which is also a staple of Ozu sightseeing.

Garyu Sanso is a representative building in Ozu and has been awarded one star in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

It was elaborately designed by Torajiro Kawachi, a trader from Ozu, and has a sense of playfulness throughout.

In addition, it shows different faces depending on the season, so you can enjoy it no matter what time of year you go.

If you would like to know more about Garyu Sanso, please refer to this article!

⑤Attention to detail [Bansenso]

``Bansenso '' is often talked about in comparison to Garyu Sanso , which is a famous Ozu building along with Garyu Sanso.

Bansenso was built by the brothers Denzaburo and Kunigoro Matsui, who made their fortune in a trading company in Manila.

Not only does it have beautiful architecture, but it also has an international feel, befitting the Matsui family, who were active across the country.

If you want to know more about Bansenso, please read this article as well.

⑥Heal your tired body [Garyu no Yu]

If you're a little tired from cycling so far, take a break at Garyu no Yu !

Garyu no Yu is located about 300m away from Bansenso, so its location is excellent.

In addition to the spacious bathhouse, there is also an open-air bath with a panoramic view of the Hijikawa River, Mt.Tomisu, and Garyu Sanso, so you can slowly soothe your tired body.

Visit Ozu / Garyu no Yu

⑦Put down your bicycle and walk around the castle town

Finally, park your bike at Machi-no-Eki Asamoya and walk around town.

Ozu has many shops and cafes that are renovated old folk houses built in the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods.

Why not take a break at a cafe or buy some souvenirs in the retro townscape?

If you are looking for souvenirs or cafes, please read this article as well!

⑧Return the rental bicycle and finish!

Finally, I returned the rental bicycle at the place I rented it from, and that was the end of my cycling trip in Ozu.

Ozu has mountains and cycling roads that are great not only for beginners but also for advanced riders.

If you are considering cycling in Ehime Prefecture, please come and visit Ozu!

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Ozu City belongs to an area called Nanyo on the western side of Shikoku, and is centered around the Ozu Basin, facing the Seto Inland Sea to the north and the Shikoku Mountains to the south. The clear stream, Hijikawa River, flows through the center of the city, and as the name suggests, the river curves like an elbow. Ta. In the Edo period, the remains of a prosperous castle town around Ozu Castle are still alive on the banks of the Hijigawa River.

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