Oct 24, 2018
When people look to add the element of “nature” in their travel itineraries, it's usually in the form of a walk or a hike. Not often do you get the option of rail biking on the tracks of a decommissioned railway line.
The mountainous city of Ōdate in the Akita Prefecture sets the perfect scenic backdrop for rail biking, and it’s a 4km journey along the old Kosaka railroad.
Choose between 2-person, 4-person and 3-person pedal bicycles or even an electric-motor assisted one if you aren't that willing to break a sweat.
You get to control your speed, too, so you don’t have to worry about missing any photo/IG story opportunities.
Odate-Kosaka Rail Bike
2-person railbike, 2,500 Yen (~S$30)
4-person railbike, 3,500 Yen (~S$43)
Cart, 1,200 Yen (~S$15) per person
Address: 30-2 Aza Ōtakai Yukisawa Ōdate City, Akita Prefecture (In front of Seifuso Onsen)
Opening Hours: 9AM-4PM, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
How to get there:
From JR Odate Station, take the Kosaka-Odate bus line bound for Kosaka Bus Park to Seifuso Onsen (about 20 minutes). From the onsen, it is about 2 minutes’ walk to Odate-Kosaka Rail Bike.
Article by TheSmartLocal.com
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