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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!
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance128 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance21.1 miles
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.