Moving time: 6:45:07 – Distance: 155.7km – Climbing: 361m
This big loop around Chiba prefecture is one of my favorite routes East of Tokyo. About two-thirds of the ride are on dedicated cycling paths. All of it is on flat grounds.
Starting in Tokyo, the route heads north following the Arakawa and the Edo rivers (more information here). At Nagareyama, the route turns east crossing Kashiwa city and following a cycling path alongside the Daihori river until Teganuma lake.
The cycling path continues along the south side of Teganuma lake, where there are three of my favorite pit-stop areas in Tokyo. The first is the Shonan Yasai farmer’s market, the second is Shonan Vegetable Restaurant, and the third is Numa Cafe. Shonan Vegetable Restaurant uses fresh local produce in all its dishes and offers an all you can eat salad bar. Numa Cafe has some good rice curry and a rather unique parfait made with local strawberries and spinach.
From Teganuma lake, the cycling path continues east alongside the Tega and Tone rivers. Near Narita, the route heads south toward Lake Inba-numa. The lake is located in the middle of Chiba prefecture and is a popular bird-watching destination. It also hosts Ramen Suzuki, an excellent noodle shop, and Futago park, a rest area with a vandalized Bansky graffiti and a statue of Mammoths.
From Inba-numa, the cycling path follows the Hanami river, crossing Ciba city and then arriving at the shore of Tokyo bay. From here, the route follows the cost as described in the “Tokyo to Boso” post.