Cycling in Japan

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5 Based on 8 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-10736
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
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  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Kyoto, Japan
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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
  • Visit the UNESCO historic village of Shirakawago
The "Cycling In Japan" tour starts from Tokyo and ends in Kyoto. It is a bicycle trip that takes 14 days taking you through Wakura Onsen, Togi, Kanazawa 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.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Tokyo
  • Day 2: Morning orientation walk and free afternoon to explore Tokyo
  • 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
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts and 5 dinners
Transport
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Free group arrival and departure transfers (available for 2023 departures only)
Others
  • Local bike hire
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request for 7 nights only in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Wajima, Gifu and Kyoto)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • E-bike hire
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
  • 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... Read more
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
  • Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
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  • Professional Access our Travel Specialists' insider knowledge.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycling in Japan tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 08 June 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 08 June 2023, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 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.

Visa

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 traveling 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.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • Do people in Japan speak English?

    Estimates show that less than 30 percent of the Japanese population speak English at any level, with less than 5 percent being fluent speakers. So, the likelihood of encountering a fluent speaker on a random Japanese street is quite low. Most people working in tourist areas do understand simple English phrases, and most signboards, instructions, and menus in these areas are in both Japanese and English. Outside of these places, you will need a lot of hand gestures to get by.

  • How to plan an Asia tour?

    Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country. 

    After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.

     

  • What is the best time to visit Japan?

    The best time to visit Japan is during the fall (September to December) and spring (March to May). To get more information on what to expect from each season, read our guide on the best time to visit Japan.

  • Which countries should I visit in Asia?

    Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience. 

    Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. 

     

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