Kyoto is more than just a former capital and the home of the famed Cherry Blossoms. It is the spiritual home of Japanese culture and such an aesthetically perfect one at that and a brilliant place for bike touring. Cycle quiet alleys along canals with perfectly graded falls and willows dipping in from the side, wide boulevards leading to awe-inspiring structures. Savor delicious meals at little eateries whose owners take great pride in their signature dishes and whose customers are as loyal as bees are to blossoms.
We show you Kyoto by bike, but then we venture further afield, riding through another lesser-known former capital Nara where the Buddhist clergy almost stole the show, up to Yoshino where natural beauty abounds and onto Mount Koya where we stay in a monastic center and have an opportunity to pray with monks.
Great bike riding on the best-made roads we have found in Asia, great cultural insights and amazing, authentic Japanese cuisine make this an unmissable adventure tour in a cycling-friendly country.
255 Km riding. We are cycling on generally excellent roads for the duration of the tour. For the most part, traffic is only light and drivers are courteous towards cyclists. In terms of gradient, we have a bit of everything, but the steepest parts of the climbs are not long and the longest parts of the climbs are not steep.
Pedal assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for $275.
Peak Season: For tours commencing from March 18 (2020) to 24 April (2020) there is a peak season surcharge of 10% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
Explore the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage city of Kyoto with its iconic cherry blossoms, ornate temples, and modern art scene.
Stay in traditional Ryokans with tatami matting and onsen hot springs to soak your legs in.
Cycle to the thickly forested Mount Koya, the worldwide headquarters of Shingon Buddhism and stay in a traditional Shukubo.
After a vegetarian breakfast fit for a monk, descend through shaded forests to the riverside town of Wakayama.
WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT
With our knowledge and experience of running tours in Japan, we have carefully crafted this cycling route to showcase the cultural and scenic highlights of the country as well as bring you up close to its history. Stay in traditional Japanese accommodations, enjoy tasty local delicacies, and cycling beautiful paths beyond important cities to mountains and coast. You’ll leave this tour with a greater appreciation for Japan’s heritage and some fantastic photos of its landscapes.