One of my favorite cycling day trips is the ride from Uji to Otsu. Although the road passes through the mountains, it is surprisingly flat and easy going. The scenery is wonderful, especially in autumn, when these photos were taken. The ride is about 32 kilometers from Uji Bridge to Hama-Otsu. The road takes you up to Amagase Dam, then along the Uji and Seta Rivers until you reach Lake Biwa. A wonderful bike path along the lake front will take you to Hama-Otsu. If you time your ride right, you can end your day with a beautiful Lake Biwa sunset!
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.