Tohoku is the Japanese word for the region (six prefectures) northeast of Japan. Tohoku has developed a unique culture and nature within Japan and was severely damaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. It is now on the way to revival like a phoenix.
The six prefectures of the Tohoku region - Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Miyagi, Yamagata, and Fukushima - are home to cultures that differ from those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc. It is also rich in nature and offers unique landscapes created by nature. The region suffered severe damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 but is now recovering like a phoenix. For this year's challenge, we have prepared courses that allow visitors to experience Tohoku's industry, culture, and nature, as well as its recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
For the Reborn course, we have created a route that allows visitors to experience how the tsunami-devastated Pacific coast is now bustling with experience farms, commercial facilities, etc.
The Nature course created a route that circles the stunning Kami Fuji (Yakurai-san), which looks like Mt Fuji, and allows visitors to experience the rural landscape.
The Culture course is a route that allows visitors to experience the unique culture of Hirosaki in Aomori, including Buddhism, apples and Japanese and Western architecture.
Ride and finish the selected routes in a "Time Trial" or Race.