Bike tours in Japan
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Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands, of which four make up the majority of the country’s land area - Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Honshu, often called the mainland, is the largest and most populated, with over 80% of Japan’s 127 million people living here. Over 70% of the Japanese country is mountainous leading to the population being concentrated in large metropolitan areas - the other side being there is a lot of relatively sparsely populated coutryside..
The climate is generally temperate although the western side can get cold with lots of snow in winter – Japan has hosted two Winter Olympics. The country is earthquake prone and has 10% of the world’s active volcanoes, but a beneficial side effect is the plentiful supply of onsen or hot springs up and down the country.
Roads are excellent with a relatively new network – however the old or secondary roads are also very well maintained and ideally suited to cycling. A high population has also justified one of the world’s best railway networks, which also allows cyclists to avoid cities - highly recommended, unless that is what you are looking for!
Trans-Tohoku Bike Tour
Experience a more traditional side of Japan in this 12 days bike trip along “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”.
Ride north throughout the Tohoku region from Nasu to Aomori, the northernmost part of Japan’s main island.
Kanazawa to Wakura Onsen
Kanazawa to Wakura Onsen takes in a large part of the famous Noto peninsula. Head north and experience the impressive seascapes of the Japan Sea. You'll pass through some rugged coastline and also some calmer waters perfect for a swim in warmer w ...
Osaka to Lake Biwa
Lake Biwa is an amazing place to explore. On the doorstep of Kyoto and very close to Osaka, it's a beautiful place to discover and get away from the hustle of the cities. There are traditional lake-side towns scattered on the shore of the lake ma ...
Escape the City Cycling Tour - Explore Minoh
This is a fantastic cycling route that will take you out of the city and into the beautiful hills of Minoh. The tour is for intermediate to advanced cyclists however beginners are also welcome. The main goal of the tour is to discover the amazing nat ...
After saying goodbye to Tokyo and it’s endless food possibilities, cultural bounty, and 24 hour buzz, we will transport people past the maddening traffic to Nikko, a UNESCO site, where you may visit the Toshogu Shrine, or walk to the Kanmangafu ...
Land of the Rising Sun
From Nagasaki we will cycle towards Mt. Aso, one of Japan’s active volcanoes, and our first chance of many to rest our tired legs in one of Japan’s famous “Onsen” hot springs. After which we’ll roll down the volcano towa ...
Journey to the East
While Korea and Japan are close neighbors, their lands and cultures are completely their own, and cycling across these countries one after the other gives an opportunity to experience them both in all their contrasts, and surprising similarities. Bot ...
Samurai – Honshu & Shikoku Island
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 meanderin ...
Osaka to Nara
The route starts by heading along the great Yodogawa river and then takes a turn into gorgeous rural Nara.
Following the Kizu river into the heart of one of the cultural capitals of Japan you'll experience deer, Nara park, agricult ...
Osaka to Minoh
A nice ride to escape the city with a little bit of hill work in Minoh Park on the way to Minoh Waterfall and Katsuoji Temple. A fast descent on the return before cutting across to the Inagawa River and Itami Airport. A leisurely cycle along the rive ...
Osaka Harbour Cycling Tour
Osaka sights, authentic Osakan neighbourhoods and harbour views while hopping from island to island on Osaka's intricate river systems, anyone? Our Harbour Cycling tour goes beyond the city and at 40km it’s long enough to get a workout and ...
Experience Japan Cycle Tour
Gain a fascinating insight into Japan’s distinctive and dynamic culture on this 14-day bicycle journey through the Land of the Rising Sun.
Enjoy 13 nights accommodation in traditional guesthouses, Japanese inns and hotels touring throu ...
Visitors will ride through a variety of settings including rice paddies, cattle farms, rivers, temples and local residential areas. Participants will have a chance to talk to the friendly locals, try local food, and experience the Satoyama lifesty ...
Kashima to Hachinohe
How could you not want to ride 800kms in 6 days with 9000m of climbing in another country along such a significant route? The 2011 powerful tsunami waves reached up to 40.5m in Miyako and travelled up to 10kms inland in the Sendai area causing ext ...
Experience the Hawaii of Japan, Okinawa!
See the beautiful island first-hand on this tailor-made cycling tour, accompanied by an experienced and enthusiastic local rider guide.
Start your trip at Naha and visit the ar ...