Samurai – Honshu & Shikoku Island

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22 Day(s)
Moderate
1262 Km
avg 70 Km
Guided

Tour operator:  Ride and Seek Bike Tours

Ancient Samurai roads, sacred Pilgrim routes and an immersion into a unique culture and gastronomy makes Japan the perfect cycling destination. Ride this tour as a single Epic or choose one of the two stages.

Our Samurai Tour slots perfectly into the Ride and Seek portfolio, as we explore the smallest of Japan's main islands, and immerse ourselves in its spectacular history, culture and landscape.

Our route follows ancient and meandering Samurai roads, which tend to be smooth, narrow and with very little traffic. We will cycle through the magnificent Iya Gorge, and tackle Mt Ishizuchi, which is Western Japan's highest peak at 1982m (6503ft). There are some beautiful and exhilarating descents to enjoy, as we explore the green valleys, passing terraced rice paddies, traditional thatched-roof houses and old villages clinging to the mountain sides. Our tour finishes with the spectacular Shimanami Kaido; a series of suspension bridges that spans the inland sea, and links Shikoku to the main island of Honshu.

Shikoku is also famous for its pilgrimage of the 88-temples associated with the Buddhist priest Kuka, known posthumously as Kobo-Daishi. Modern-day pilgrims, called 'Henro' by the locals, still tackle the 1200-kilometre route, many of them sporting the traditional white clothing, sedge hats and kong-zue walking sticks.

Accommodation will be in a mixture of Western-style hotels and traditional Japanese Inns. These mountain inns may be quite different to anything you have experienced before, with straw mat floors and futon beds that are folded away during the day. Anything they may lack in modern comforts is more than made up for by their charm and authenticity. Some of them have natural hot spring baths, and we think you'll agree that soaking your muscles with a local beer in hand is the perfect way to end the day.

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Tour Location

Country:
Japan

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Bike Hire available
Duration:
22 Day(s)
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
On-road only
Accommodation:
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
EUR 9350
Single Supplement:
Available

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
1262 Km
Riding Days:
18
Month(s):
May, October
Departure:
October 10, 2021
May 8, 2022

Additional Information

Inclusions

Accommodation
Meals
Two or more first class guides, van support, all shuttles, private tours and tastings, 2 picnic lunches, original itineraries on the road less travelled, trip literature, super snacks during the day and luggage transfers

Exclusions

One ‘Dinner on your Own’ when you are sent forth alone on your own culinary journey
Airfares
Insurance
Personal items when you are on the tour

Options

Shikoku Island Stage 11 days; 580km; October 10,2021and May 8, 2022 €4850
Honshu Island Stage 11 days; 682km;  October 21,2021and May 19, 2022 €4850
Bike hire
Wine kitty

Booking Conditions

Deposit of €1000 (or your local currency equivalent)

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