豊岡市畑上ライド「前編」 Toyooka, Hatagami Ride (Part 1)
This time Megane Kappa (MK) and I went for a MTB ride in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is the first time for us to go in this area. We started from Kumihama Station, Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture and rode over 4 passes totaling 40 km in all. The ride had sections with beautiful nature, a national natural monument, stunning view points, and several sight-seeing points. It took a whole day, but was a fantastic ride on a fantastic course.
In order to go to the Hatagami gaint Japanese horse-chestnut tree, you have to cross over the river. Below this sign is an old bridge, but the path is a little difficult to find. There is a place you can park a car about 50 meters up the road just above the dam. It would probably be better to cross the river here and the track from this point is good. There is a rope all the way up to the giant Japanese horse-chestnut tree, so it is easy to find.