Explore Japan on foot
Discover the rich culture of Japan
Bike around the country
A visit to Japan is pure indulgence for the senses, so come prepared to experience a rich history that dates back centuries and to soak up after a day of cycling in zen-like onsen (hot spring) spas; visit beautiful forests, mountains and sea coasts as well as futuristic architecture and transportation; sample delicious regional cuisine; meet polite and candid locals as well as lovers of Hello Kitty and karaoke.
Soak in outdoor onsen hot springs
Enjoy exquisite Japanese cuisine
Feed the deer in Nara Park
Ride the magnificent Shimanami Kaido Cycle Road
Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima
Stroll around lively Nagasaki
Duration: 8 days / 9 nights
Season: From September 1 to May 31. Private guided tours upon request.
Start: Kyoto – Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto Ekimae, a 5 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station
End: Kagoshima - Hotel Toko a 5 minute walk from Izumi Station
Level 2: The climb up Mount Aso is 700 meters (2,300 feet) elevation gain
Accommodations, Transfers, All Meals (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=dinner), Snacks & Tour Leader
Bike Rental, Drinks with Meals, Personal Expenses, International & Domestic Flights, Passport or Travel Visa Requirements, Travel Insurance, Medical Check Up and Inoculations and Anything Not Specifically Stated
|Small Group tour|
|Private guided tours upon request from September 1 until May 31|
|from US$2,485* per person (single supplement: US$3,280*) *Price may change due to fluctuations of the exchange rate without notice.|
|You will meet your guide and fellow Japan Bikers in Kyoto.|
|Soak in outdoor onsen hot springs, enjoy exquisite Japanese cuisine, hike around Mount Aso’s volcano crater and so much more.|
|Age restrictions: Everyone younger than 20 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian|
Welcome to Kyoto. You arrive in the course of the day at the hotel. Please note that your room will not be available until check-in time at 3pm, however if you arrive early the hotel will keep your luggage secure if you want to do some exploration. Tonight’s dinner is not included. There are plenty of nice restaurants nearby to have your pick.
Your Japan Highlights tour officially starts at 9am in the lobby of the hotel: you will meet your guide and fellow bikers. Please be dressed in cycling gear and have your luggage (suitcase and daypack) ready for the van. After bike fitting it is a short ride to Fushimi Inari Shrine with its picturesque rows of red torii gates. After lunch we cycle to Nara. The road winds through green tea fields. In the afternoon we visit the Great Buddha in Todaiji – the biggest wooden structure in the world.
We veer off the Shimanami Kaido to take a ferry to Okamura Island and the start of the Tobishima Kaido, another fantastic string of islands. After lunch we transfer to Hiroshima for a free afternoon. We stay near the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima is the principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants. When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a two kilometer radius. After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city.
Today’s loop around the Nagasaki peninsula is optional: either ride or take the day off to visit Nagasaki’s sights.
Then it is time for final goodbyes… after breakfast you don’t have to climb in the saddle any longer and are freed from the chores of the road. Check-out before 10am. From here you can transfer to Kagoshima Airport or we can help you make other plans like visiting Yakushima Island or heading back to Kyoto to Tokyo by bullet train.