Takahata Rural Cycling
Takahata Rural Cycling

8,500 yen/person

Customer Satisfaction
Experience Type
Active, Outdoors
Activity Level
Group Size
Small to large groups (2-10 people)
Takahata Rural Cycling

The rural town of Takahata has been known as Yamagata’s very own fairy tale village due to the whimsical nature of its folklore, and its dreamlike scenic nature. Come with us as we bike through the idyllic Japanese countryside and get a deep look into the daily life of somewhere that while off the beaten path, is certainly somewhere you’ll remember for a lifetime.


The program meets at Takahata Station which is only a 35 minute train ride from Yamagata Station. From there, we will head out and cycle around the town, stopping at local spots of historical significance as well as cultural importance such as the Old Takahata Station, Akutsu Hachiman Shrine, and Uriwari Sekitei Park. 


The course is quite flat, and a number of different cycle styles are available, and so everyone from casual riders to cyclist pros are welcome.


After we reach our last stop, we will take a break at a local soba restaurant and enjoy the local cuisine made from the freshest ingredients.


Finally, we will ride back to Takahata Station where we will conclude our adventure for the day. Takahata Station is one of the few train stations in all of Japan to have its own hot spring public bath inside the station, and so feel free to take full advantage of the hot spring facility after a long day of riding!

Activity Details
Meeting Location
Takahata Station
Seasonal Availability
April through November
Experience Duration
5 hours
Amount of Participants
2-10 people (Inquire separately for larger groups or singles)
Start Time
9 am
End Time
Not Included
Please book at least 3 days in advance
Sample Itinerary

9:00: Meet at Takahata Station

9:00 – 9:15: Safety instructions and bike adjustments

9:15 – 11:30: Cycle with periodic stops to talk about local history

11:30 – 12:00: Reach the final destination and start heading back

12:00 – 13:00: Soba Lunch

13:00 – 13:50: Bike back to Takahata Station

13:50: Finish

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and actual times and itinerary flow may vary depending on the day.

Meeting Location

Due to the remote nature of the region, it is highly recommended that you rent a car when you visit Yamagata Prefecture. However, that isn’t to say that visiting without a car is impossible in the slightest.

Guests who are still hoping to participate in the Rural Takahata Cycling experience without a car can take the train from Yamagata Station, and take the JR Yamagata Line to Takahata Station. The train fair should be ¥680 and the entire journey should take roughly thirty five minutes. 


I had a really great time and Takahata was unbelievably beautiful! Takahata is somewhere I would have never thought of visiting as its such a small town, but it was actually incredible and somewhere I would really want to visit again as there was so much to do and see! After the cycle tour, we ended up visiting a local winery which was really nice as well!



I had never heard of Takahata but wanted to do something really local while visiting Yamagata City and so I thought this would be a good day trip. The guide was wonderful and I learned so much! My favorite part though was the soba lunch because you could really taste that the ingredients were locally sourced and the grandma who worked at the shop was super nice.