The Shonai Region
The Pristine nature and culture of the deep Japanese Countryside.
Tucked away by vast mountain ranges along the Sea of Japan, the Shonai Region is a true hidden gem that lies far off the beaten path.
With vast open plains, mountains covered in rich forests, and endless miles of pristine coastline, this region is a major destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Its rural setting and friendly people only add to what is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful regions to cycle in this country.
The Giro De Shonai was started by the cycling community of Shonai to help revitalize this rural region and share our beautiful roads with cyclists across Japan and abroad.
See more experiences on Yamagata’s tour and experience website at https://touryamagata.com/
The Kamo Aquarium
Somaro Maiko Teahouse
Culinary Experiences in Shonai
The Domon Ken Museum of Photography
The Sankyo Soko Warehouses
These historic warehouses once stored rice from the Shonai Region prior to being shipped throughout Japan. You can explore the museum inside and also walk around the garden and factory grounds.
I moved to the Shonai Region immediately after graduating from UCSB and immediately fell in love with the roads of Shonai and the great cycling community of this area. I love how I can ride through dense cedar forests, over high mountains, and along the coastline all within a short 1 hour ride from my apartment door.