This is a short, casual route where beginner level riders can enjoy. Set off from JR Hakuba station, ride along the national road for a while, and take the Matsukawa River Road from the end of the Matsukawa Bridge. Since there is not much traffic and the road is wide, it’s a cyclist-friendly road. Even though it is slightly uphill, you will be at the end of the road before you know it, as you take in the scenery of the Northern Japan Alps. Once you cross over the Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, you’ll arrive at the Nire Pond. This is a pond for fishing that anyone can try for a small fee. If you take the narrow road by the Nire Pond, you’ll enter the Onsen town of Happo, so enjoy strolling around the town. If you continue walking further from the hot spring town, you’ll arrive at the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium. It is highly recommended to drop by there as you can learn about the history of the Nagano Olympics and have a first-hand look at the jumping ramp. Then you may want to return to the center of the town and have a break while soaking your feet in the foot bath at Happo-no-yu onsen. Descend the road along Onaragawa River and you’ll come back to the goal of JR Hakuba station.
When viewing the Northern Japan Alps from the Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, you’ll witness overwhelming. pristine nature without any artificial objects or constructions.
Nile Pond is a managed fishing spot in Hakuba Happo.It is a beautiful emerald green pond.
This is the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium that attracted attention from all over Japan at the Nagano Olympics.
The Olympic Gallery is located on the mezzanine floor of the Start Tower, where valuable materials and gold medals are displayed.
In addition, you can go up to the jumping platform by the observation elevator and experience the same scenery as the athletes.
Matsukawa River Road is wide with few traffic, so it is easy to ride.
The magnificent Northern Alps spread out in front of you.
The road along Onaragawa River from the Happoone Iriguchi is a wide and easy-to-run, gentle downhill.
Nagomi-no-yu is a footbath Onsen located in a corner of the Happo-no-yu Onsen parking. Its warmth is one of the strongest alkaline hot springs in Japan, and it is also called a beautiful hot spring.
It is open 24/7 and has a roof so you can use it in any weather.
The big cedar in front of the main hall of Shimofurinomiya Hosono Suwa Shrine, which is estimates to be 1,000 years old, is 10 meters in diameter and 41 meters in heght.
Matsukawa Bridge is a popular spot to take pictures, where you can see the magnificent and beautiful Northern Japan Alps.