Tsukuba RinRin Road (つくばりんりんロード) is a bicycle path that runs along a 40.1 kilometer route from Tsuchiura City to Iwase Town. The road is also known as Iwase Tsuchiura Bicycle Path (iwase tsuchiura jitensha dou) and it runs along the route that the Tsukuba Train Line (tsukuba tetsudou) used to run on. The train line was abandoned in 1987 and some forward-thinking person decided to make it into a bicycle path. The six former train stations have been made into rest areas, and there are other, smaller rest areas along the way.
Map of Tsukuba RinRin Road (in red). The road is 40km long and it runs from Iwase (left) to Tsuchiura (right)
It is possible to rent a bicycle at the 20km point between Tsuchiura and Iwase. The bicycles can be rented from the Kanto Tetsudo office at the old Tsukuba station (near Mt. Tsukuba). Adult bikes are 500 yen and children's bikes are 250 yen. See the article in AT for more information. (Please note that the bicycle rental is available on a trial basis for now. If you are reading this article after December 2006, please be sure to call first to make sure the service is still available.)
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