Outside Yokosuka Naval Base a bike rider's paradise

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Outside Yokosuka Naval Base a bike rider's paradise

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

At Tatarahama Beach, a mere three miles down from Yokosuka Naval Base, you’ll find a unique bronze monument. This designates the entire Miura Peninsula (home to the base and this monument) a “biker’s peninsula.”

In 2013, the area earned the official title after years of being a haven for cyclists who enjoy the smooth ride along the coasts with breathtaking vistas. The Miura Peninsula Summit where mayors from Yokosuka, Kamakura, Zushi, Hayama and Miura cities gathered in 2013 cemented this new designation.

Cyclists can stop at eight cycle stations that were chosen at the summit, which have bike racks and observation decks fit for a nice break and an amazing view.

Tatarahama Beach is one of the eight stations. A relief of black ship shows that the beach is the location where Commodore Perry and his Black Ship Fleet made a historical arrival. Here, take a selfie with the relief, the historic white beach and shining blue sea.

The other cycle stations are Kitashitaura Beach in Yokosuka, Miyagawa Park in Miura, Arasaki Park also in Yokosuka, Shonan International Village and Cape Chojagasaki in Hayama, Kotsubo Iijima Park in Zushi and Kamakura Beach Park in Kamakura.

Miura is a great location to hop on a bike and feel the wind in your hair.

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