Cycle Japan

11 Days | Take a mind-blowing cycling tour of historic, cultural, rural and modern Japan

5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
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From world-class sushi to legendary geisha, enthralling Japan is the perfect destination to discover by bicycle. Our cycling adventure gives you a slowed down, up close look of this fascinating country and allows ample opportunity to meet locals and glimpse the unique culture of the Land of the Rising Sun. From the temples, shrines and geisha of Kyoto to the frenetic but exhilarating chaos of Tokyo, and the beautiful mountain serenity of the Gifu Prefecture countryside in between, this cycling adventure has it all.

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Japan including Japan
Start
Kyoto, Japan
Finish
Tokyo, Japan
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
Japan
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
CJXC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Cycling allows you to get closer to the real Japan – from bicycles to Pokemon, serene temples to the organised chaos of the big cities, this classic adventure has it all.
  • Choose to end rewarding days in the saddle with amazing Japanese feasts of sushi, unagi, tempura or even fugu, all washed down with a traditional sake or Sapporo beer.
  • Ride both bikes and trains for the ultimate change of pace.
  • Cycle through peaceful landscapes that show a land far from the big city lights of Tokyo.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short (anywhere from 10 to 80km / 6-50 miles of cycling each day) the terrain of the Gifu Prefecture is naturally hilly and the climate can vary dramatically. Most people with a reasonable level of fitness will enjoy the trip, but remember we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
  • To complete this trip it is important that you are confident and competent in riding a bicycle, both solo and in a group environment.
  • While we always aim to ride to our next accommodation, outside of the main cities a support vehicle will also be with you at all times. Please note that the maximum number of cyclists we can fit in the support vehicle is 6.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back-marker where needed) There may be times when a client is asked to be the back marker if the vehicle cannot travel directly behind the group.
  • If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip. Limited sizes are available so book quickly!

Itinerary

Map of Cycle Japan including Japan

Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Ryokan (2 nights)

Activities
  • 9 days guided & vehicle-supported cycling
  • 9 Days Included Bicycle Hire
  • Kyoto - Gion District walk
  • Kyoto - Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Nara - Todaiji Temple
  • Omi Hachiman historic village visit
  • Gassho Village open air museum
  • Takayama morning market visit
  • Gifu Castle visit
  • Tokyo - Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo - Tsukiji Fish Market
Add on activities
  • Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera - JPY400
  • Kyoto - Imperial Palace - Free
  • Kyoto - Nanzenji Temple - Free
  • Kyoto - Shosei Strolling Garden - JPY500
  • Kyoto - Nishiki-Koji Market - Free
  • National Museum - JPY700
  • Kyoto - Gion Corner cultural centre - JPY5500
  • Kyoto - Ryoanji Zen Garden - JPY600
  • Kyoto - Tenryuji Temple - JPY600
  • Nara - Kasuga Grand Shrine - Free
  • Kyoto - Hikone Castle - JPY800
  • 3 visit Onsen (spa) pass - JPY1300
  • Hida Folk Village - JPY700
  • Takayama Jinya historic building complex - JPY440
  • Matsuri no Mori festival museum - JPY1000
  • Hachiman Castle - JPY300
  • Gifu Sekigahara Battlefield Memorial Museum - JPY500
  • Tokyo - Shinjuku-gyoen - JPY500
  • Tokyo - Edo-Tokyo Museum - JPY600
  • Tokyo - Samurai Museum - JPY1900
  • Tokyo - Meiji Jingu Shrine - Free
  • Tokyo - Karaoke - JPY2000
  • Tokyo - Imperial Palace - Free
  • Nippon Professional Baseball League game - JPY2000
  • Soba noodle class - JPY4000
  • Tokyo - Japanese & Calligraphy lesson - JPY2000

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Important notes

IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT JAPAN: it's essential that you read 'Passports, visas and entry requirements' section in Essential Trip Information first before booking your trip so that you fully understand the current requirements in place for travelling to Japan.

If you book the trip within 30 days before departure, please ensure that 1) you request a copy of the Agreement Form with your booking agent and return a signed copy within 2 business days 2) check with your local consulate and ensure that you'll have enough time to get the tourist visa for your trip. Normal booking conditions apply for any bookings within 30 days before departure. It may take 7 business days to confirm a booking and issue ERFS certificate when the trip is on request.

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement does not apply on Day 5 and Day 7 Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. While we always aim to ride to our next accommodation, outside of the main cities a support vehicle will also be with you at all times. Please note that the maximum number of cyclists we can fit in the support vehicle is 4.

3. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available, and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.

4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. Please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home. Helmets can be purchased locally if needed.

5. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back-marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back-marker.

6. Please note, decorative tattoos are uncommon in Japanese culture and therefore you may receive curious and sometimes disapproving looks from locals. Generally, nobody will make a comment about your tattoos but please endeavor to wear modest clothing and be aware that you may not be able to enter public onsens.

7. It is essential you pack light and compact for rail travel in Japan as luggage size restrictions apply.

8. It is essential you pack light and compact for rail travel in Japan. From May 2020 there will be size restrictions for luggage on Shinkansen trains. Luggage over 160-250cm may require an additional 1000 JPY fee per train journey. Luggage over 251cm will not be permitted on the Shinkansen trains at all. Please notify your tour leader at your Welcome Meeting if your luggage is over 160-250cm so they can make the necessary arrangements! Failure to notify your tour leader of luggage over 160-250cm will require the passenger to pay the oversize luggage fee.

9.Please note that there are generally less double rooms in Japanese hotels, even those in Western style. While every effort will be made to accommodate double room requests, this may not always be possible.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
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Lisa · Traveled October 2023
A perfect way to see and learn more about Japan while enjoying cycling through the Noto peninsula. The bike rides around Kyoto and Tokyo allowed us to see so much. I strongly recommend the tour.
Review submitted 03 Nov 2023

Steven · Traveled October 2023
Fantastic tour, wonderfully organised and led, with the perfect blend of bright lights and countryside.
Review submitted 04 Nov 2023

Nick · Traveled October 2023
Cycle Japan offers a unique combination of countryside cycling and visits to Japan's two great cities, Kyoto and Tokyo. Knowledgeable tour guides enable localized experiences that help bring out the best of Japan.
Review submitted 04 Nov 2023

Ross · Traveled September 2023
Apart from a bad mishap at the start of the tour with our accommodation, this was a great experience. Knowledgeable guides, great bikes (eBikes), our first E experience and a good itinerary. Our favourite experiences were riding away from the big cities along the coast, villages and hills of the Noto peninsula.
Review submitted 02 Dec 2023
Cycle Japan
From
CHF  3,980