Cycling in Japan

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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Kyoto, Japan
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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  • Cycle rural roads through peaceful Japanese countrysideDiscover temples, zen gardens and geisha districts in KyotoRide along the picturesque shores of the Noto PeninsulaStay in authentic guesthouses and bathe in hot springsVisit the UNESCO historic village of Shirakawago
The "Cycling In Japan" tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto. It is a bicycle tour that takes 14 days taking you through Gifu, Kyoto, Wajima and 8 other destinations in Japan. "Cycling In Japan" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, meals and others.

There is no better way of experiencing the ever-changing landscapes of Japan than on two wheels, as we pedal from the rugged seascapes and wild beaches of the Noto Peninsula to picturesque farmlands and remote mountainous regions of Takayama and UNESCO Shirakawa-go, where we are able to get a close feel for the timeless rhythms and customs of the Japanese countryside. From temples, shrines and market visits, to hot springs and overnights in ryokans – traditional Japanese guesthouses – this trip offers excellent rural cycling without compromising on the cultural elements. No trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to Kyoto, Japan's age-old capital, with its peaceful Zen gardens and geisha districts and futuristic Tokyo: sprawling, inimitably busy and extraordinary.
5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 02 2019
5 - Excellent
Put this on your to-do list. Every day a winner.
“This was an amazingly rich first experience of travelling in Japan. The trip offers an excellent balance with cycling in varied and impressive scenery, countless included visits along the way allowing insight into the history and heritage of the country, and full immersion into the culinary and lifestyle culture.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 27 2019
5 - Excellent
Wonderful Experience
“A wonderful insight to this facinating country. Seeing the country by bike is certainly the best way to do it, giving the opportunity to get an insight into the real Japan and it's people. We travelled in late November, spot on for autumn colours but obviously run the risk of colder, wet and windy weather. That said a bit of rain and strong headwind are a price worth paying. Accommodation was a mixture local Ryokans and modern hotels. The standard of the hotels was mixed, but generally very good. The food was one of the highlights, lots of real japanese food in all its guises from formal set meals (dressed in traditional kimonos) to simple noodles or curry/rice for lunch. Another highlight was definitely the guide Tatsuya 'Tea' along with his driver Tiachi and assistant Akiko. Organisation was calm and slick with clearly a lot of effort going on behind the scenes. The last couple of days are in Kyoto, this is good, but the hords of fellow tourists at the big attractions make you realise how special the time cycling away from the crowds was. If you are thinking of visiting Japan and are modestly cycle fit I would wholeheartedly recommend this trip (and in our case it attracted a very pleasant, like-minded group of people to share our experience).”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 26 2019
5 - Excellent
Truly a magical tour. It will make you want to return .....soon !
“If ever you wanted proof that cycling is a great way to get to know a country then this is it. And what a country. So different in every respect to the UK. The upside of travelling in November is the glorious colours to be seen all around you, enhanced if you're lucky by blue skies. The downside, and this was outside anyone's control even our meticulous leader 'Tea', is that the weather can be changeable and quite cold at times.We had some challenging days cycling against a very determined headwind. If you're a hardy northerner this will be no problem, but if you're a southern softie bring plenty of layers. Having said that most of the rain fell at night and we were only caught out once and that was at the end of a ride, so you could say that luck was on our side.For the most part the cycling was on quiet back roads with plenty of interesting stop-offs along the way, where our knowledgeable guides shared their knowledge and passion for their country. Hotels were a mix of western and traditional japanese inns which were generally of a higher standard than you might experience on many Exodus holidays. The traditional inns were very special and allowed you to immerse yourself, sometimes literally, into this unique culture. The food was excellent, but you do have to be prepared to experiment with a cuisine that is distinctly different from ours. The phrase 'holiday of a lifetime' is probably overused, but if you're prepared to soak up the culture, be experimental and are relatively fit then this holiday will probably come very close to matching that description.And of course the toilets - you're going to be very disappointed when you return to the UK or anywhere else for that matter!!”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 22 2019
5 - Excellent
An excellent introduction to Japan.
“We have always wanted to visit Japan and this trip gave us a wonderful opportunity to visit the cities, rural areas, travel by train, experience Japanese cuisine and, best of all, explore by bike.The itinerary was varied and interesting. Onsens (hot baths) have to be experienced and helped relieve tired and aching muscles at the end of the day.We stayed in a mixture of modern hotels and the more traditional ryokans with tatami mats and futons.The Japanese people we met were always polite, pleasant and helpful.This was a travel experience like no other. Just do it.”
  • Day 1: Start Tokyo
  • Day 2: Morning orientation walk and free afternoon to explore the city's highlights
  • Day 3: Train to Kanazawa, the gateway to the Noto Peninsula; afternoon cycle loop and sightseeing
  • Day 4: Cycle from Kanazawa to Togi, along rugged coastline and past fishing villages
  • Day 5: Rewarding coastal ride to Wajima; enjoy scenic ocean views and rock formations en route
  • Day 6: Early morning optional market visit; cycle to Suzu; enjoy coastal views and verdant rice paddies of Senmaida
  • Day 7: Final ride along the Noto Peninsula to the popular hot spring resort of Wakura Onsen
  • Day 8: Travel to UNESCO Shirakawa-go village by train and bus; overnight in a traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouse
  • Day 9: Challenging ride to Hida Takayama, at the foothills of the Japanese Alps
  • Day 10: Cycle to the castle town of Gujo Hachiman, past little villages, local shrines and paddy fields
  • Day 11: Cycle along the Nagara River to the town of Gifu
  • Day 12: Travel to Kyoto by train; free time for sightseeing
  • Day 13: Final circular ride in Kyoto exploring the pleasant district of Arashiyama and two seasonal temples
  • Day 14: End Kyoto
  • 13 nights hotels and ryokans (traditional ,All accommodation All transport and listed activities
  • All breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Japanese guesthouses), some with shared facilities
  • 9 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)90% tarmac roads, 10% country lanes or gravel paths
  • Special cherry blossoms and autumn colours departures
  • Group transfers (for group flights)Local bike hire
  • Mainly undulating with a few steady climbs
  • Local bike hire included (e-bikes can be requested but are very limited and subject to availability)
  • Any international flights to Tokyo and from Kyoto 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 Cycling in 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 Cycling in Japan tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 18 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycling in 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 Cycling in 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:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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