Looking for an interesting family day trip and adventure? You may enjoy enjoy Gattan Go!!, an innovative hybrid of bicycle and railroad comprised of two bikes linked to each other and set on an out-of-service railroad line in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. You have a variety of options of bicycle, some powered by pedal, some are “motor assisted.”
The bike course is 5.8km round trip; downhill out, but uphill on the way back, and takes about 1 hour to go from Okuhida Onsenguchi Station to Kamioka Kozanmae Station on the former Kamioka Railway Line, and back. The course features views of the mountains and local villages, and the thrill of passing over bridges and through two pitch black railway tunnels; all to the the sound and vibration of the tracks as you speed along them.
This is a great way to get the kids out and into a natural setting in a safe and simple way.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (in Japanese only), or emailing (English OK). See the website for more information.
Photo: Nagoya International Center (modified)