Enjoy seeing and experiencing sights that are unique to Japan
Bike the charming back streets of Kyoto

Japan Heritage

7 days
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$3,783 USD

Get ready to experience authentic and historic Japan on this 7-day cycling tour of the Kansai region. Visit Kyoto's must-sees, while exploring hidden gems in the surrounding countryside. Enjoy meals of traditional Japanese cuisine, including its world-famous green tea. At night, rest your body in the hot springs at an authentic ryokan. Escape to the tranquil countryside for fantastic cycling and hiking. This guided cycle tour of Japan is perfect for first-time visitors and Japan-frequent travellers alike!

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    128 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.1 miles
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SpiceRoads Cycling
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The adventure begins in historic Kyoto, pedalling back in time as you explore the city's must-sees and some of Japan's most valuable cultural heritage. Cycle through backstreets and into the Kyoto countryside, dotted with hidden temples and Shinto shrines in the mountains, and pass by the odd waterfall and hot spring! Spend the night at UNESCO World Heritage site, Enryakuji temple, accessible only by cable car. Take part in the morning ceremonies before cycling into Uji, Kyoto's picturesque tea country.

Visit quaint Nara, sometimes called "mini Kyoto," but home to its own collection of fascinating historical landmarks and architecture, not to mention home to a city-roaming population of white-tailed deer! But it's not all temples, castles, and shrines, get a chance to explore Japan's culinary culture as well. Try your hand at sushi-making, experience a traditional tea ceremony with leaves picked fresh from the fields, and even visit sake and whisky distilleries for an inside look into Japan's famous beverages.

Disclaimer: Adventure cycling tours operated often go beyond the beaten track, and the countries where you may ride are not always predictable. Due to these reasons, it is occasionally necessary to reroute or update itineraries. The tour operator guarantees that they will not change a trip unless it is for safety reasons or to improve it. The listed hotels are always accurate at the time of writing, but should there be a change to any hotel, it will always be for a similar or better one.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Cycling jersey and drink bottle
  • Support vehicle
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Cooking class
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Accommodation
  • Helmet
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour.
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • International / Domestic flights
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

Tour options and upgrades:

2 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available