Zwift today opened up it’s latest “virtual travel destination”, Makuri Islands. Makuri Islands is an entirely new Zwift World primed for future expansion according to Zwift. The first map within Makuri Islands will be Yumezi, a countryside destination, inspired by Japanese culture.
Yumezi (yu-meh-zi ᐧ 夢路) means “path to dreams.” Yumezi is a Japanese haiku-inspired name, with its two characters (夢路) taken from a poem by renowned Meiji-era poet, Shiki Masaoka.
Haiku is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan.
HOW TO RIDE YUMEZI
Makuri Island is a guest world that will appear on the Zwift calendar and you should be able to select it from the top menu after you go through the pairing screen. It’s is currently on the calendar until May 30th.
After you go through the pairing screen, you should see “Makuri ISL” tab under “World Choice”.
Select “Makuri ISL” and then click on Routes.
Yumezi offers a wide variety of road types from tight, flat, winding roads ideal for fast races to dirt roads and cobbled market streets. You will find the scenery full of lush green fields, ginkgo forests bristling with life and mystical creatures, cherry blossom trees, gushing waterfalls and ancient Japanese temples.
Yumezi features 8 new routes across 53 miles of new roads which you can explore by bike or foot:
Sea to Tree (3.3km/108m elevation) – A short, challenging climb from the peaceful Fishing Village.
Kappa Quest (9.1km/140m elevation) – This scenic loop is filled with Temples and Shrines.
Chain Chomper (13.6km/184m elevation) – Two challenging KOM’s and a Sprint, test your endurance around the countryside.
Countryside Tour (15.9km/185m elevation) – From farmlands to mystical mountains, this looped route is the perfect way to visit the countryside!
Flatland Loop (13km/99m elevation) – A gentle and flat route winding around the countryside.
Two Village Loop (12.8km/88m elevation) – Explore two villages as you pedal through this challenging circuit.
Spirit Forest (8.5km/135m elevation) – Grind your way through this mystical figure 8. Visit at night and ride with the spirits!
Three Village Loop (10.6km/93m elevation) – Climb, sprint and explore three unique villages in one go.