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!
Ride along the North Pacific coast and through the mountains of the Shiretoko World Heritage area. Cycle through wild sub arctic mountains, past caldera lakes and native forests. Stay in superb inns, most with hot spring baths. The essence of the far ...
Ride Buddhist pilgrim trails, past ancient temples, through mountains, along the wild pacific coast, past age old remote villages and pristine mountain streams. Shikoku provides a rare window into ancient Japan. Here away from the crowds, we cycle al ...
Hokkaido, Island of Contrasts
The extraordinary contrasts of modern Japan are to be found throughout this archipelago but most particularly in Hokkaido. My introduction to Japan 30 years ago was this very island and those early years exploring Hokkaido have left an indelible impr ...
Mt. Fuji Foothills and Izu Peninsula
This tour is ideal if you are looking for a short getaway from Tokyo to enjoy some of the most beautiful natural sceneries in Japan. Mt. Fuji, rising above the clouds, is the symbol of Japan and has provided a spiritual basis for the Japanese since a ...
Shikoku / Shimanami Highway / Hiroshima
Bound by the major islands of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, the Seto Inland Sea (Setonaikai) is the largest inland sea in Japan. With its calm sea surface and mild climate, the Sea and its surrounding areas have prospered as an important shipping lane ...
Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan. With its vast land space and relatively cool and dry weather during summer, Hokkaido is an ideal playground for cyclists. On this 5 days 4 nights trip, we explore the southwestern part of Hokkaido around ...
Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan. With its vast land space and relatively cool and dry weather during summer, Hokkaido is an ideal playground for cyclists. On this 8 days 7 nights trip, we explore the eastern parts of Hokkaido, which is c ...
NARA/ LAKE BIWA/ KYOTO
This tour is perfect if you are interested in Japan's traditional culture and enjoy relaxed bicycle rides. We explore Japan's ancient capitals, Nara and Kyoto, and their surrounding areas which are considered to be the best repositories of Ja ...
Noto / Kanazawa / Kyoto
This tour offers an excellent blend of cultural and historic attractions, and natural beauty. We spend the first half of the tour in the Noto Peninsula, which juts out into the Sea of Japan offering wild and picturesque scenery. En route we visit Waj ...
Aizu / Nikko
A Japanese proverb says, "Never say Kekko (meaning I am satisfied), until you've seen Nikko". Our ride starts in Nikko, a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries and the seat of Toshogu shrine, an UNESCO's ...
Sado Island, located in the Sea of Japan, is a perfect destination to discover the unspoiled beauty of Japan. Despite its remote location, Sado Island is a treasure house of culture as it was an island of exile for intellectuals in the medieval times ...
Japan Cycling Tour
Japan is a cyclist's dream - a blend of ancient and modern, cities and rice paddies, forests, mountains, and to top it off: hot springs for aching muscles! ...
Japan's Noto Peninsula
Prepare to be amazed by Japan and its unique cultural and geographical character, as we take the bullet train from downtown Tokyo to the rural idyll of the Noto Peninsula. Cycling the coastal roads of this rugged promontory, jutting out into the Sea ...
The Playground of the Gods
Daisetsuzan, also referred to as 'The Playground of the Gods,' is a vast territory of smoking volcanic ranges, hot springs, clear lakes and untouched forests. This tour offers a unique opportunity to ride and hike in Japan's largest and o ...
The Cape of Divine Power
On this spectacular trip you will see crystalline caldera lakes surrounded by volcanoes and the dramatic sea cliffs adorning the coast of Hokkaido. You will experience nature�s raw power by seeing young mountains that have sprung up and steaming fuma ...