Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share our day trip during the new year holiday. We had quite a ride through the Kibi plain.

About Kibi Plain

It is a 20km-bike trail that goes along with historical places in Okayama City and Soja City. We followed this map below this time. These are supposedly major destinations.

 

Reference for Rent-A-Bike Stores

If you plan on using a rental bike, here’s some reference. There are more stores around stations, so you can start anywhere you like.

From Okayama Station

Address 1-1 Eki motomachi, Kita ward, Okayama City
Fee

310 yen (return before 10 AM the next morning)

Note:
ID is required (passport, drivers license, etc.)

Business hours 7:00 – 21:50
Phone 086-223-7081

 

From Ichinomiya Station

Arddress 554 Ichinomiya, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Fee 400 yen for the first two hours (100 yen/hour after that) or 1000 yen for a day (you can return at other locations)
Business hours 9:00 – 18:00
Tell 086-284-2311

 

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain Model Course

We actually started at Kibitsuhiko shrine since we kinda live nearby.

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain starting

 

Kibitsuhiko Shrine

So this is our first destination. It is said that it was a house of Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto who is a model of Okayama’s legendary hero Momotaro. It was busy as everyone in this area would come over for hatsumoude.

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

 

Kibitsu Shrine

This is another shrine related to Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto (just 10 minutes from Kibitsuhiko Shrine). We’ve featured this place before for the Ajisai Festival. We may come back during the rainy season in June.

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

 

Koikui Shrine

Another stop. Hmm. It doesn’t look much, does it? The story of this place is that years and years ago, this area was conquered by an ogre named Ura. And here comes Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto. He came in and kicked him out. Ura transformed into a carp (koi), and tried to get away, but Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto also transformed into a cormorant, caught and ate (kui) him.

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

 

Tsukuriyama Burial Mound

It is a key-shaped giant mound. I remember I’ve come here with friends for homework in…junior high? Long time ago anyway.

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

 

Kokubunji Temple

This is a highlight of Kibi plain. It would be nice with sakura trees in spring. Neat.

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

 

Sojagu Shrine

Now we are in Soja City. Apparently Soja was named after this Sojagu. It also looks like a nice shrine.

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

 

Souja Station

Finally our day trip has come to an end. This Soja JR Station is the last destination. Mission complete! Return your bike and catch a train back or ride back all the way (which we did!).

Bike Trail at Kibi Plain

Lastly

Actually the trip itself was unexpected  (by Mrs. Wada’s whim) but turns out, it felt alright. Nice workout on the new year’s day and nice to explore around Okayama. This bike trail would be nice in spring also. Please try and lemme know how it goes.

See you around!

You may want to check these out as well!
Strawberry Picking in Okayama
Ajisai Festival at Kibitsu Shrine, Okayama City
Hokubo, Maniwa City: Breathtaking View of Japanese Fireflies
Hinase Oyster Festival
Okayama Kyobashi Morning Market

A Walk in Japan: Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Long slides

Hi guys! Mrs. Wada is here on duty. This post is part of our new series about parks in Japan. Last time Mr. Wada introduced Sakazu Park in Kurashiki City.

A Walk in Japan : Sakazu Park, Kurashiki City

This time we visited Tanematsuyama Park, also located in Kurashiki City. The park is known not only for its numerous flowers, trees and birds but also for its playground. Paradise for super active kids.

During the recent ajisai (hydrangea) season, I was considering this one and one in Kibitsu Shrine, Okayama City.

We ended up choosing Kibitsu Shrine this year because its on the same direction to our firefly watching trip.

 

Inside Tanematsuyama Park

Just before entering the park, we saw some cemeteries and a store that sells gravestones. The park has a  huge space for parking.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Japanese graveyard

At the entrance, we saw some staffs working on the plant seedlings. Here you can buy drinks and ice cream. You’ll be in need of water supply after going around the park.

Self-service shop (just drop your payment into that cardboard box)
Self-service shop (just drop your payment into that cardboard box)

 

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Airy ice cream for 140 yen
Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Airy soft ice cream for 140 yen

 

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Cat relaxing
Cat relaxing in the hot weather

 

The Slides

Close to entrance, you’ll immediately see a slide and a good view of the city afar. We have seen only few visitors with their kids probably because of the hot weather that day.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: City view
View of Mizushima, where many factories are located

Mr. Wada got so excited trying out the slides. But it was so sunny, his butt couldn’t handle the heat any longer. 😀

From entrance, we continue our way down to explore the rest of the park. I’m surprised to see there are still ajisai flowers after its peak season already ended weeks ago. This place boasts of its more than 30,000 ajisai trees.

We’ve encountered some people cleaning up the area, trimming the grasses. Just below the ajisai area, there is a long pathway filled of wisteria trees.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Wisteria trees

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Wisteria seed pods
Wisteria seed pods

I didn’t expect there will be this many wisteria plants in this park. Just imagining if all them blossom on its peak season, I couldn’t help to get excited. Definitely coming over next year to check it out.

From afar, we saw a pond area. It’s a nice view but we decided not to go closer, thinking to leave something to explore for next time along with the Japanese garden area.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: View of the pond

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Pond view
Something’s burning out there…

We’ve seen a lot of Matsu (pine) trees on the sideways, very well maintained.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Matsu (pine) trees
Japanese garden; Matsu (pine) trees

On our way back, I remembered the long slide I saw on the Internet beforehand. I just took a look but didn’t try to ride on it. Too tired already to go up again. I might try next time. I took photos instead.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Slide #3 (with curve)
This slide is pretty long and has a curve.

 

The Adventure Facilities

Aside from slides, there are many recreational equipments also installed and Mr. Wada’s excited to try all of it.

Here’s a video of Mr. Wada trying out the zipline.

After trying the zipline, we were already drenched with our own sweat and decided to make it a day.

Definitely coming back again. The view from this park might be nice at night also… but maybe it will be too dark, I guess I’ll pass.

I hope you enjoyed the tour in Tanematsuyama Park. Do you have a particular park you regularly visit? Share with us your experience and what you think about parks in Japan in general.

Tanematsuyama Park Information

Address: 712-8041 Okayama-ken, Kurashiki-shi, Fukudachō Fukuda, 426−1
Links: Area Map, List of flowers and its season, News updates

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