Bicycle tour ：visiting the sacred sites where Gods and Buddha have co-existed for more than 1,300 years
From 1,600 yen per person
Rental of an electric assisted bicycle (rental fee required).
Visit Wakasa-Hiko and Wakasa-Hime shrines, and Mantoku-ji and Jingu-ji temples (entrance fees required). Follow Google maps for this tour
10:30-14:30 (3-4 hours)
Reservation required for a guide
(Reservation deadline: 7 days in advance)
Visit Unose where the ritual water ceremony is held along the river, have lunch or tea at Watoto café in the old country house or tasting of vinegar products at Tobaya traditional vinegar shop
Higashi Obama JR station
Total costs 1,600 yen
Bicycle tour ：visiting the sacred sites where Gods and Buddha co-existed for more than 1300 years
Schedule Wakasa Hime shrine - Wakasa Hiko shrine - Mantoku-ji temple - Jingu-ji temple– Unose – Watoto – Vinegar shop
Starting at the bicycle rental shop in Higashi Obama JR station, you rent an electric assisted bicycle for 4 hours. Then following google-maps you will enjoy cycling throughout the beautiful mountain-side area visiting Wakasa Hime and Hiko shrines along the foot of the mountain, then Mantoku-ji temple with its beautiful Mandala garden and finally the major temple-shrine called Jingu-ji. Buddhism came to Japan in 6th century and Shintoism is an indigenous religion believing in a myriad of gods and goddesses, and on this tour you can experience the mixture of these two religions, Buddhism and Shintoism, which have been intertwined since ancient times. Jingu-ji temple is a good example of this connection.
As options you can keep going to the river-side called Unose where the ritual ceremony for sending natural water to the temple in Nara held once a year in the beginning of March, or on the way back you can drop by for a break or for lunch at a nice cozy café, WATOTO, and old Japanese house which is run by a temple priest. You can also visit the traditional vinegar shop “Tobaya” nearby, where they make many different kinds of vinegars. In this vinegar shop you might have a chance to see the place where they produce and preserve the vinegar as well as taste their products for finding your favorite ones.
Q: Is it easy to ride the electric assisted bicycle?
A: Yes it is. At the rental shop you can get an English explanation about how to use this type of bicycle and the roads are not so crowded there.
Q: What is a difference between temples and shrines in Kyoto and ones in Obama?
A: The temples and shrines in Obama are surrounded by nature, so the atmosphere is quite different. They have very long histories and in the temples you can also find beautiful old buddha statues that were made in the 11th-12th centuries.
Q: Is it difficult to follow the route?
A: If you apply, you can get the URL of this Obama bicycle tour google-map which you can download beforehand. Using google maps the directions are quite easy to follow.
Q: Where do we return the bicycle?
A: You have to bring back your bicycle to Higashi Obama station. The shop opens from 9:00-17:00.
Q: Are there any tours or special routes for professional cyclists?
A: There is a mountain route from Kyoto over the Harihata pass with the distance of 75km. But you need a special bicycle guide. Please consult the Wakasa Obama Tourism Association & Information center