Cycle Japan

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Group
  • tour_type Group tour
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • age_requirement 14+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kyoto, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
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  • Off the beaten track cycling Enjoy the landscapes, flavours and characters of rural Japan
  • PointtoPoint cycling Uninterrupted ride for 8 days around the Noto Peninsula
  • Kyoto Japan's historic capital, filled with temples and traditional tea houses
  • Tokyo Explore the modern metropolis
Starting in Kyoto and ending in Tokyo, the Cycle Japan tour is a guided bicycle trip that takes 13 days. You will travel through Chirihama Beach, Kanazawa, Noto and 7 other destinations in Japan. Cycle Japan is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

From ancient Kyoto we ride along quiet roads on the Noto Peninsula into the highlands around Shirakawa-go historic village, taking us firmly off the beaten track. Along the way we will see one of the finest Japanese gardens in Kanazawa, stay in ryokan and enjoy varied mountain scenery and coastal paths. Bullet train to Tokyo where we end our journey. Noto Peninsula - Uninterrupted scenic ride for 8 days Delicious local food - Included traditional Japanese cuisine with locally sourced ingredients Kyoto and Tokyo - Experience the ancient and modern capitals
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Based on 250 reviews
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5 - Excellent
  • Sally
  • On Jan 18 2020
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4 - Very Good
  • Iain
  • On Dec 21 2019
“Very Good”
Suzanne's review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Suzanne
  • On Feb 17 2020
“This was a great whistle stop tour of Cuba giving a fantastic insight into Cuban life, Politics and history thanks to our excellent tour leader Jose. Lots of time was spent travelling in the bus but that was anticipated as per the trip notes. However it meant short stays in each destination, especially Santiago de Cuba. The trip met and exceeded my personal expectations but I would have liked extra time in certain places. I really enjoyed the jungle trek and sleeping out under the stars.”
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  • Day 1 : Join tour in historic Kyoto
  • Day 2 : Kyoto sightseeing by bike. Including Ginkaku-ji and along The Philosopher's Path to the Nanzen-ji temple complex
  • Day 3 : Morning train to Kanazawa. Bike tour of Kenroku-en Garden and the old teahouse district
  • Day 4 : Cycling around the beautiful Noto Peninsula including the Chirihama Beach Road
  • Day 5 : Cycle the coastal road to Wajima, stopping off at the Sojijiso-in temple
  • Day 6 : Explore Wajima Market. Continue along the stunning coastal road to Suzu
  • Day 7 : Cycle to Noto Ushitsu as we head down the eastern side of the peninsula
  • Day 8 : Cycle to Wakura Onsen where ancient, healing hot baths await our arrival
  • Day 9 : We begin our journey inland as we head up to Shokawa Onsen
  • Day 10 : Our cycle journey concludes at beautiful Shirakawa-go, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses
  • Day 11 : Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo
  • Day 12 : Enjoy Tokyo from our base in the historic Asakusa district a stone's throw from Sensoji temple
  • Day 13 : Tour ends Tokyo
  • 12 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
  • Hotel Elcient Kyoto (2 nights)
  • Garden Hotel Kanazawa (1 night)
  • Noto Royal Hotel (1 night)
  • Hotel Route Inn Wajima (1 night)
  • Rokko Ryokan (1 night)
  • Kimpa-so (1 night)
  • Ryokan Kawakin (1 night)
  • Toyota Shirakawa Go Eco Institute (1 night)
  • Asakusa Via Inn (2 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide
  • Bicycle
  • Any international flights to Kyoto and from Tokyo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycle Japan tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle Japan tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 17 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 March 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycle Japan tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Cycle Japan tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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