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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  • Cycle rural roads through peaceful Japanese countryside
  • Discover temples, zen gardens and geisha districts in Kyoto
  • Ride along the picturesque shores of the Noto Peninsula
  • Stay in authentic guesthouses and bathe in hot springs
Start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto, the Cycling In Japan tour is a guided bicycle trip that takes 14 days. You will travel through Kyoto, Gifu, Wajima and 8 other destinations in Japan. Cycling In Japan is a small group tour which 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.
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5 - Excellent
“We have been on several Exodus trips and always choose the challenging grade but sometimes we have been disappointed, as the walks have not been as demanding as we thought they might be. However, this was not the case on this trip - the level 5 walks were very challenging. This is the first multi-level trip we have been on and it worked well. We had an informative briefing from both leaders in the evening and people could decide which walk they wanted to do the next day - this was very helpful.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“Incredible adventure through the prehistoric landscape of Cainama National Park. Hardly any other tourists around and very lucky with the weather.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“This is a very busy tour with lots of variety. Although a lot of time was spent travelling (as you'd expect from a tour covering 1500 miles in 14 days) a great many different things were packed into the holiday (eg 1000 years of history, food, shopping, cycling, kayaking, walking, boating, caves, puppet show.) Vietnam was more prosperous and sophisticated than I had imagined, with free wi-fi in every accommodation and restaurants. Everything was very clean and well organised. Things ran on time, including the 12 hour overnight train departed on time and arrived early. The people were friendly and smiling.”
  • 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 Japanese guesthouses), some with shared facilities , All accommodation 
  • All breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • 9 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Group transfers (for group flights)
  • 90% tarmac roads, 10% country lanes or gravel paths
  • Mainly undulating with a few steady climbs
  • Special cherry blossoms and autumn colours departures
  • Local bike hire included (e-bikes can be requested but are very limited and subject to availability)
  • Local bike hire
  • 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 14 July 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 July 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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