Space up close: the Tanegashima Route
The Tanegashima Route takes you into an area with close associations with space, through subtropical landscapes surrounded by fields of sugar cane along a hugely enjoyable island road with beautiful ocean views. While on the island, do not miss other activities to make the most of the stunning environment such as surfing and yoga.
Route features (1)
Starting out from the gateway to the island, Nishinoomote Port, this route runs in an anticlockwise direction. The island orients north to south, and the route crosses the island at Nakatane-cho, in the middle of Tanegashima. Feel the gentle sea breeze as you take in the beautiful beach at right, a break beloved of surfers across Japan.
Route features (2)
For cyclists looking for an active holiday, exclusive Tanegashima activities are recommended. You can enjoy marine sports year round on the beautiful gently-sloping beaches, such as diving, snorkelling or kayaking.
Check the exact route on the map
|Departure/Arrrival point||Start: Nishinoomote Port, Finish: Nishinoomote Port
Anticlockwise circular route
|Distance||Approximately 160.6 km|
|Elevation gain||Approximately 2,654 m|
Sights on the route and information about food
To the left, Metatsu Rock and the right, Otatsu Rock. Legend has it that one stormy night, a husband and wife were cast into the sea and reincarnated as these rocks. It is a famous spot for watching the sun dip into the East China Sea. The Ryuseikan Tourist Information Center makes a good rest spot, with gelato on offer as well as local specialities and souvenirs.
The place where guns were first brought into Japan in 1543. The cape is the southernmost point of the island and a location from where there are views to the Tanegashima Space Center and on a clear day, Yakushima. It is hard to beat taking a rest under the bower here, gazing out at the azure sea.
Space Science and Technology Museum, Tanegashima Space Center
Japan's biggest rocket-launch complex covering an area of around 9.7 square kilometers. In the Space Science and Technology Center, you will find life-size rocket replicas and an audio-visual experience of takeoff. The museum shop stocks items related to rockets and space.
The Anno potato, or orange-fleshed yam, is said to have been first cultivated in the Anno district of Tanegashima. The sweet, moist texture makes the tuber highly popular. It has inspired a plethora of sweet treats, so why not take some on the ride?
Once you have reached the top of the climb up to this lighthouse at the northernmost point of the island, a breathtaking panorama unfolds before you. On a clear day the mainland Osumi Peninsula is visible, and it is also possible to observe rockets launched from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center from here.
The beauty of its blue sea and white sand make this one of Japan's best 88 beaches. Camping is permitted in season, and there is also a "seaside house" complete with showers, toilets, observation deck and rest area. Do not miss the smoothie shop, which you will find by the cycle rack.
Enjoy more! Useful cycling information
Where to ride? Recommended cycle routes
01) Nansatsu route (Nansatsu area)
02) North Satsuma Route (Northern Satsuma Area)
03) Koshikishima route (Northern Satsuma area)
04) Sendai River Basin Route (Northern Satsuma Area)
05) Kirishima・Aira route (Kirishima・Aira area)
06) Osumi Route (Osumi Area)
07) Tanegashima Route (Kumage Area)
08) Yakushima route (Kumage area)
09) Amami Oshima route (Oshima area)
10) Kikaijima route (Oshima area)
11) Tokunoshima route (Oshima area)
12) Okinoerabujima route (Oshima area)
13) Yoron Island route (Oshima area)
■ Contact information For inquiries
About cycle tourism, please contact the following
Kagoshima Prefecture Tourism, Culture and Sports Department PR Tourism Division
10-1 Kamoike Shinmachi,
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