4. Uwajima-Shimanto Terrace Fields Cycling Course
This 38.1 km cycling course starts from the mountains of Uwajima City, a coastal city that faces Kyushu, and heads east before running down a gentle slope following the source of the Shimanto River. It’s aimed at beginners, and follows the JR Yodo Line, letting you switch to the train if need be. On the way, you’ll be immersed in idyllic countryside scenery, including the beautiful clear waters of the Shimanto River.
The Yusumizugaura Terrace Fields, which consist of cascading stone walls on the face of a steep mountain, were selected as one of the 100 Landscapes of Beautiful Japanese Villages. The mountainous backdrop and the placid Shimanto River weave together a harmonious scene of blue waters, green riversides, and white sandbanks, complemented by submersible “chika” bridges, an essential part of local life. Also on the way is JR Matsumaru Station, which has its own natural hot spring with an open-air bath, as well as free footbaths, making for an excellent rest stop.