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This is the reason that the route goes straight through a major rural city, something we cycle route planners try never to do: near Okayama Station is the beginning of the Kibiji bikepath, which travels for about 20 km in exactly the direction you’ll want to go. Here’s a video that may show you how nice it is.

The bike path ends at a very nice temple. Shortly thereafter, you follow this pretty river to the Nariwa area, which is where things start to look “Fukiya-ish.” The best route up to Fukiya is a tiny road that starts just west of the main Nariwa intersection.