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Tanegashima space center riding the haro mountain bikesTanegashima Biking

Tanegashima is definitely a great place if you are into biking. Fantastic rides can be found along the coastline affording beautiful panoramic views. If you plan to go riding around the interior of the island be prepared for a workout as the sloping roads can be a bit challenging.

Picture - Me and my new Haro mountain bike on a test ride at the Tanegashima Space Center.

The rides on this page were made back in 2015 during our first stay on the island. Now way too busy for bike riding but hoping to get back to it at some point, at which time, many more bike routes will be added.
Minamitane Ride

This ride covers route 75 in Minamitane stretching from Shimama Port to the Tanegashima Space Center.

Note: These rides assume an average bike riding speed (24 kph, 15 mph) typical of an avid rider on a paved road. These rides contain sloping topography and may take considerably longer to navigate for some riders.

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The following is the ride in more detail and the ride separated into shorter and easier rides.
Shimama Port to Space Center

Distance: 25.7 km (16.0 miles) - one way

Time: About 64 minutes (24 kph, 15 mph)

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Details: From Shimama Port the road slopes up to over 40 meters in elevation along route 58. After turning right onto route 75 the road continues to slope up to over 60 meters and then steeply slopes back down until the coast with an incredible high elevation view of the ocean.

Upon reaching the coast the road levels out and winds through small quaint fishing villages. Numerous shrines can be seen along the way.

After passing the Seikai post office the road will eventually begins sloping up again and away from the coast to an elevation of over 100 meters. This section of the ride is fairly difficult.

The road levels out for a short period and then slopes down steeply once again veering towards the coast and dropping to en elevation of a little over 40 meters.

The ride is pretty nice from this point with a gradual elevation gain to over 80 meters. The road eventually slopes down steeply past the Maenohama overlook view point to less than 20 meters in elevation. From this point the ride is easy and continues alongside coastal farms.

Eventually route 75 turns right and leads to route 586 where the ride turns into a winding downward and upward sloping road through beautiful cut sandstone topography until reaching the Tanegashima Space Center.
Shimama Port to Maenohama Beach

Distance: 18.3 km (11.4 miles) - one way

Time: About 45 minutes (24 kph, 15 mph)

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Details: From Shimama Port the road slopes up to over 40 meters in elevation along route 58. After turning right onto route 75 the road continues to slope up to over 60 meters and then steeply slopes back down until the coast with an incredible high elevation view of the ocean.

Upon reaching the coast the road levels out and winds through small quaint fishing villages. Numerous shrines can be seen along the way.

After passing the Seikai post office the road will eventually begins sloping up again and away from the coast to an elevation of over 100 meters. This section of the ride is fairly difficult.

The road levels out for a short period and then slopes down steeply once again veering towards the coast and dropping to en elevation of a little over 40 meters.

The ride is pretty nice from this point with a gradual elevation gain to over 80 meters. The road eventually slopes down steeply past the Maenohama overlook view point to less than 20 meters in elevation. From this point the ride is easy and continues alongside coastal farms.

The access road to Maenohama passes through mostly rice farms and then a small forest before turning and continuing on to the beach.
Shimama Port to Kadokura Cape

Distance: 15.8 km (9.8 miles) - one way

Time: About 40 minutes (24 kph, 15 mph)

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Details: From Shimama Port the road slopes up to over 40 meters in elevation along route 58. After turning right onto route 75 the road continues to slope up to over 60 meters and then steeply slopes back down until the coast with an incredible high elevation view of the ocean.

Upon reaching the coast the road levels out and winds through small quaint fishing villages. Numerous shrines can be seen along the way.

After passing the Seikai post office the road eventually begins sloping up again and away from the coast to an elevation of over 100 meters. This section of the ride is fairly difficult.

The road levels out for a short period and then slopes down steeply once again veering towards the coast and dropping to an elevation of a little over 40 meters.

The ride is pretty nice from this point with a gradual elevation gain to over 80 meters before reaching the Kadokura access road. Glimpses of the coast dot this section of the ride.

The access road is a gentle slope down to an elevation of about 60 meters before reaching the entrance to Kadokura Cape. Sunrise views overlooking Maenohama beach and the ocean are spectacular from the farms along this road.
Kadokura Cape to Space Center

Distance: 11.4 km (7.1 miles) - one way

Time: About 29 minutes (24 kph, 15 mph)

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Details: The access road from Kadokura Cape is a gentle slope up from an elevation of about 60 meters to over 80 meters at the main road. Sunrise views overlooking Maenohama beach and the ocean are spectacular from the farms along this road.

The ride is pretty nice from this point. The road eventually slopes down steeply past the Maenohama overlook view point to less than 20 meters in elevation. From this point the ride is easy and continues alongside coastal farms.

Eventually route 75 turns right and leads to route 586 where the ride turns into a winding downward and upward sloping road through beautiful cut sandstone topography until reaching the Tanegashima Space Center.
Kadokura Cape to Maenohama Beach

Distance: 4 km (2.5 miles) - one way

Time: About 10 minutes (24 kph, 15 mph)

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Details: The access road from Kadokura Cape is a gentle slope up from an elevation of about 60 meters to over 80 meters at the main road. Sunrise views overlooking Maenohama beach and the ocean are spectacular from the farms along this road.

The ride is pretty nice from this point. The road eventually slopes down steeply past the Maenohama overlook view point to less than 20 meters in elevation. From this point the ride is easy and continues alongside coastal farms.

The access road to Maenohama passes through mostly rice farms and then a small forest before turning and continuing on to the beach.
Maenohama Beach to Space Center

Distance: 8.5 km (5.3 miles) - one way

Time: About 21 minutes (24 kph, 15 mph)

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Details: From Maenohama beach, the access road passes through a small forest and then mostly rice farms before reaching the main road.

Eventually route 75 turns right and leads to route 586 where the ride turns into a winding downward and upward sloping road through beautiful cut sandstone topography until reaching the Tanegashima Space Center.
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