Discover this fascinating landmark, a survivor of both wars and one of Japan's only authentic castles, in a peaceful and tranquil setting
An expressway with cyclists in mind. It's a dream with smooth roads and coastal views.
With a vast history, Japan is teeming with mementos from the past
Say hello the Japanese way with new friends
Breathe the fresh air and enjoy camaraderie with your fellows on the quiet paths
You'll see monks and pilgrims along the way, as you pass a number of the temples from amongst the 88
Enjoy the ride – many kilometers will be along devoted cycling paths through this beautiful place
If you take this tour at the right time of year, you can experience the cherry blossoms first-hand

Essential Japan by Bike

10 days
$5,490 USD

Cherry blossom trees, flowing rivers, ancient history, Buddhist monks, mountains, stunning vistas, monasteries, thermal baths. The list is endless when talking about Japan. Very few people can say they have explored every inch, but this bike ride goes the extra mile to delve deeply into the fascinating history, nature and culture of this beautiful country.

  • Category
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    200.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    33.6 miles
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Capturing the essence of Japan in a nutshell is not easy, as its love of the modern world combines complexly, if beautifully, with its spellbinding history. This sensational cycling adventure goes the extra mile to uncover the culture, history, countryside, and most importantly, the people, that make this such a wonderful country.

Supported by a knowledgeable tour leader, your journey begins in the former Japanese capital, the ancient city of Kyoto. Here history runs deep; a visit to the birthplace of the Geisha is a must. Heading out of the city, the cherry blossom trees await in the district of Arashiyama. This place is a nature lover’s paradise, with Zen gardens, bamboo forests, and manicured gardens, peacefully coexisting with historic temples and shrines.

Next up is the fascinating tiny island of Shikoku where captivating coastlines await you. On the way you’ll see local fishermen hauling their catch, and spot Buddhist pilgrims making their way to holy temples.

You’ll be able to rest your weary legs for a day in the intriguing city of Kochi. The 400-year old Kochi Castle grabs headlines here, but the beaches, parks and onsens also makes this an excellent day off.

The final few days of riding will take you through evergreen forests, along wild rivers and amongst quiet towns. The scenery is astounding and there’s enough time for another Japanese activity: Washi paper making.

 The best day is saved for last: you pedal the legendary Shimanami Kaido cycleway over glistening water and catch stunning panoramic views over the scattered archipelago. It’s a great way to conclude this epic adventure.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

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

  • Water, snacks and fresh fruit while cycling.
  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Vehicle support while cycling.
  • Cycling jersey and drink bottle
  • All accommodations included
  • Majority of meals are included
  • Hybrid bike
  • 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 air tickets

Tour options and upgrades:

2 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available