Elegant and tranquil vistas proliferate on this tour
Be in the company of monks and experience some aspects of their life
No fake news here as you learn from knowledgeable guides
Cycle on smooth road surfaces long with fantastic surroundings
Savor authentic Japanese cuisine
Embrace the glorious descents and appreciate the vibrant roadside
Be sure to visit this blissful sight whilst you are in breathtaking Kyoto

Legacy of Kyoto and Surrounding Prefectures

Duration
7 days
From
$3,950 USD

While Japan may be seemingly gripped by an obsession with the modern world it still retains a fascinating traditional culture. Join this special cycling adventure that soaks up those traditions as you pedal out of the ancient city of Kyoto, marvel at the world renowned cherry blossom trees, and meet the monks atop mountains who lead such a unique way of life. This is a journey that truly shows off Japan’s history, beauty and culture.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Hilly
  • Distance
    158.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.7 miles
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Japan effortlessly blends ancient traditions with a frenzied approach to embrace the modern world. Exploring this historic land demands a slower pace, and riding by bicycle from Kyoto through ancient cities, past cherry blossom trees, and up to dazzling views from Mount Yoshino is the perfect way to do it.

Your journey begins in the former capital of Kyoto and this intriguing city is the best place to start. Time is taken to check out the city both on two wheels and by foot, so you can really appreciate why Kyoto is thought of as the spiritual home of Japanese culture. On every corner you can sample delicious Japanese signature dishes, while historic temples will also tempt your eye.

Your journey will venture further afield and out of Kyoto as you pedal onwards to the lesser known former capital of Nara. Taking rural routes to avoid traffic you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the countryside with tranquil rivers, bamboo forests, green tea plantations and corn crops providing incredible views on the ride.

As the trip enters its second half, you will delve further into Japanese culture as you point your bikes towards Mount Yoshino and Mount Koya. Both are spiritual spots with Mount Koya providing a fantastic chance to stay in a shukubo, a traditional form of accommodation connected with a monastery that is still in use to this day. It’s a unique experience to pray with monks and observe their way of life. Furthermore, the property comes complete with an onsen, a traditional Japanese hot spring bath where you can soak your muscles after a day of riding.

The final day in Koya begins early so you can soak up the views and peaceful atmosphere around town. After that, a thrilling descent down the mountainside leads you back to some countryside riding. Adopt a calm pace to the final stop of Wakayama where you can contemplate on this epic journey.

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.
  • All accommodations as indicated within tour itinerary.
  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Vehicle support while cycling.
  • Cycling jersey and drink bottle
  • 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

Despite not wishing to exclude anything there are a few items you will need organize prior to arrival for yourself.

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • International air tickets

Tour options and upgrades:

2 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available