Cycling in Hiruzen-kogen Heights (Maniwa City)

cycling in hiruzen

Hola amigos. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Let me share our day of cycling in Hiruzen-kogen Heights.

Cycling in Hiruzen-Kogen Heights (Maniwa City)

Hiruzen is in Maniwa City, Northern Okayama Prefecture. Many Okayamanians visit this place for camping, hiking and cycling with full of nature!



Hiruzen-Kogen Heights Cycling Route

It is a 29-km trail with less ups & downs compared to other routes in Okayama Prefecture, which is ideal for beginners.


Rental bikes are available at cycling stations or stores in Hiruzen. Kaiyukan Onsen offers 200 yen per 30 minutes for regular bikes and 300 yen/30 minutes for mountain bikes. Let the cycling begin! Our plan is to go clockwise and come back.




Sakura trees in bloom in May? What a surprise (they are already all greenish in Okayama City).


Follow this sign or the blue line so you won’t get lost.


So-called panorama area. Indeed the surroundings are quite something.


Break time. There are small stops to have a seat on the way.


Gotta go through some sloops…..(pant pant)


Going along the river. It would’ve been nicer earlier with sakura trees.


Now we encountered Hiruzen-Kogen center joyful park (sorta theme park).


And there goes Wood Pao over there. We wanted to have something for lunch but a long lineup would take us like an hour, so we decided to get back to the start point and eat there instead.


Second half was rather easy with mild ups & downs. We were glad we finished the other part first.


Passing our campground. (Naka Hiruzen Auto Camping Ground)


Almost there.


We made it in an hour! Oh well…..(pant pant)


We returned the bikes and had very nice Genghis Khan (grilled lamb) lunch at a restaurant next door. Soooooooooooooo yummy! Oh boy. it really made our day.


After lunch we took a bath at Kaiyukan Onsen (in the same building). So this place is designed perfectly for cyclists! Cheers.


Let’s call it a day.



How do you find it? Since Hiruzen is upper part of Okayama Prefecture, it really feels great to hang out in spring and even summer. Please swing by if you get a chance.

See you around!

Hiruzen Herb Garden Herbill in Maniwa City

hiruzen herb garden herbil

Hola amigos. Soy senor Wada. I would like to share our trip to Hiruzen Herb Garden Herbill this time.

Hiruzen Herb Garden Herbil in Maniwa City

It is a garden with 10,000 of lavender flowers, 200 kinds of herbs and so much more flowers and herbs which you could enjoy in each season.




It’s about a 15-minute drive from Wood Pao souvenir store/restaurant.

1480-64 Hiruzennishikayabe, Maniwa, Okayama


Business Hours

9:00 – 16:30

Closed: December – March



Adult 300 yen
Student 200 yen
Under 12 Free


Website (in Japanese)







It’s quite refreshing in the perfect weather. Fresh air from nature and natural scent from herbs and flowers totally detoxed my body.



Herbs and local veggies are served for restaurant menu. Tea from the garden tastes great as well.



There’s dog-run as well. Doggy-friendly huh?



How do you find it? It is a little distant from other places in Hiruzen though totally worth a visit. Please try and share your thoughts in the comment form.

See you around!