Wheelers Den in Southern Kyoto

This past weekend I took the train on over the border into Kyoto Prefecture to stay a day at Wheeler's Den, an Airbnb recently started by my friend PhilipWheeler's Den is located in the cozy little town of Kamo at the very southern tip of Kyoto Prefecture.  Although the town may not be well known, a section of it named Kuni-Kyo, was actually the capitol of Japan for four years!

Kamo is conveniently situated in between Nara and Kyoto city, both of which are less than an hour away by train.  Its close proximity to Wazuka and the Shigaraki area make it a great base camp to cycle from as these areas are hotbeds for local cyclists. With numerous historical sites and stunningly beautiful tea fields, the area has much to offer.

Since I started this blog and Instagram account I often get e-mails asking about decent accommodations, good riding routes, and most of all, where to rent a road bike. Wheeler’s Den is a good combination of all that as it is not only a place to stay, but there are also decent road bikes available for rent. The owner Philip is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to riding decent routes in the area.

If you are looking for a great place to stay and do some cycling in Japan, then I highly recommend Wheeler’s Den!

Early morning train ride to Kamo...nice and quiet!

The view from Kamo station after arriving. Fortunately spring weather was very much in full force last weekend.

A view of the entrance to Wheelers Den, situated in the city of Kamo, yet in a rural setting.

A view from the balcony of the local bamboo forests surrounding the Kamo / Kizugawa area.

For more added fun there is a dart board!

Philip is a very kind and humble guy, but don't let that fool you. He is also a dart hustler!

Nice job Philip!

Some of the many bikes for rent at Wheelers Den.

Family Fun! The quiet roads around the area are perfect for any kind of riding.

This location is Kuni-Kyo, which was the capitol of Japan from 740 to 744.

A stop at Lune cafe for a local Curry dish.

I'll have my cake and eat it too.

A big thanks to Philip for a great time in Kamo!


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