One of the best ways to explore the countryside is with a bike. You cover a greater distance than walking, but without the fumes of a car engine. The breeze cools you from head to toe and feels absolutely exhilarating. You can stop anytime to rest or take photos without worrying about parking spots or extremely narrow roads. In our short bike ride from Koma Station to Musashi-Yokote Station along the Seibu Chichibu line, we saw charming little cafes, English gardens, breathtaking views of the winding river, log houses backdropped by the mountains, and forests right by the train tracks.
You can bring your bike on the train as long as it is inside a bike bag. From Koma Station, head down road 299 towards Chichibu. You will pass through Cafe Nichigetsudo. Road 299 is pretty scenic but very busy. Big trucks rush past regularly and the gust of wind they create can be pretty unpleasant to cyclists. To get to the quiet countryside route, take the road to your left parallel to road 299 from Cafe Nichigetsudo, still heading towards Chichibu. Enjoy!
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.