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Cycling Lake Biwa & Kyoto

This tour is an invitation to enjoy cycling and discover rural Japan at your own pace around Lake Biwa near Kyoto. Firstly this journey will start in Kyoto. The ancient capital offers countless attractions that you will explore with a private local guide. Then on the third day, you will take the direction of lake Biwa, the largest Japanese lake. You will pick up your bicycles for a 5-day self-guided ride. We can reserve almost any kind of bicycle, so talk to your Japan Travel Expert for more details. Join this cycling adventure to experience the rustic, rural beauty and culture of Japan.

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On your first cycling day

You will firstly start by exploring Omi-Hachiman and its traditional merchant town. Then you will stop in Hikone, famous for its well-preserved Castle. Next, you will reach Maibara where you will pick up your bicycles. Your first cycling day will be an easy 11 km (7 miles) bicycle ride up to Nagahama where you will board for a cruise to visit the sacred Island of Chikubushima, known to be a source of great spiritual energy on lake Biwa.

Second cycling day

You will follow the eastern shore of the lake up to Kinomoto where you will have dinner and spend the night. It’s a 35 km (about 21 miles) ride. Cycle at your own pace through beautiful natural scenery and rural landscapes: stunning lake views, vast rice fields, discover ancient Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.

Third cycling day

Visit hidden Lake Yogo, known as the “mirror lake”, and enjoy the view from Shizugatake hill-top. Then you will head for Sugaura a picturesque lakeside village with a rich local history where you will rest for the night.


For the fourth cycling day

Take it easy! Omimaiko Beach is the most famous one with white sand and groves of shady pines.

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Final day on the saddle

An easy ride to Omi-Maiko where you drop off your bicycles. The ride is about 22 km long (13 miles). Don’t miss the Shirahige Shrine Torii gate it’s a must in the region! You will then take a train to go back to Kyoto.

Additionally this tour is a chance to appreciate spectacular views and traditional Japanese architecture. Meet local people, taste regional cuisine, and stay at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).

Finally, you will come back to Kyoto before visiting Nara, the other ancient capital, and its great Buddha. This is a tailor-made tour so feel free to ask any request to our Japan Travel Expert. At Rediscover Tours we will make sure you get the best cycling experience!



Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Cycling
Rural Japan

The price of your tour will vary depending on what you want to do, where you want to go and other details. For help estimating your budget please see
https://www.rediscovertours.com/private-tour-pricing/


Cycling and Sightseeing Tour

The journey starts in Tokyo; the seat of the Japanese government since the Edo Period (1603 to 1868). On the second day of your trip, a Private Local Guide will show you around the largest city in the world. Tokyo is a vibrant metropolis overflowing with many fascinating sights, sounds, and experiences for you to enjoy. During your trip, you may wish to visit some of the different neighborhoods like Akihabara, Shinjuku, Ginza, Harajuku, Shibuya, and the like.

Kanazawa & Takayama via Shirakawa-go

You will then head to Kanazawa by Shinkansen Bullet Train. Kanazawa presents historical attractions such as restored samurai residences and geisha districts, as well as modern museums. Kanazawa’s most popular attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s “three best landscape gardens” and by many considered the most beautiful one. The next day, after breakfast you will take a bus to Takayama via Shirakawa-go to see a well-preserved merchant street and morning market.

Hot Spring Ryokan

Then you will travel to Gero Onsen where you will stay at a Hot Spring Ryokan. Your ryokan will serve you a traditional kaiseki dinner and you will relax in their hot spring baths. Once you are completely relaxed you will head to Osaka known as the kitchen of Japan and its friendly people. To discover Japan more in-depth we invite you for a bicycle ride from the center of Osaka to Minoh and its beautiful forest where you might find wild monkeys.

Kyoto

Your next destination will be Kyoto, the imperial capital. Here you will explore the streets where the emperor and other aristocrats played and worshiped. For your second day in Kyoto, a Private Local Guide will pick you up at your hotel and show you the best sites in Kyoto. Then you will take a day trip to Nara which was the first capital of Japan. Next, you will ride bicycles around Lake Biwa near Kyoto to discover this rural area at your own pace. You will then head back to Tokyo to prepare for your flight home.

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Cycling
Rural Japan

The price of your tour will vary depending on what you want to do, where you want to go and other details. For help estimating your budget please see
https://www.rediscovertours.com/private-tour-pricing/


Hiroshima, Shimanami & Shikoku

Hiroshima, Shikoku, and the Seto Inland Sea are some of the most scenic areas of Japan. This tour offers a complete exploration of the wonderful variety of towns, villages, and islands through excellent cycling and hiking in the region.

Shimanami Kaido - From Honshu to Shikoku by bicycle

Firstly explore the seaside town of Tomonoura and UNESCO World Heritage island Miyajima (famous for its friendly deer and the iconic ‘floating’ Torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine), walk through the emotional history of Hiroshima and timeless hilltop communities of Onomichi. Then from here, continue on with our version of the varied and scenic island-hopping cycling course Shimanami Kaido.

Pass over the Setouchi Inland Sea visiting remote islands, which together with deliciously fresh seafood cuisine, offer a uniquely modern cafe culture, before arriving in Ehime prefecture on Shikoku Island; the perfect entry point of our 4-day Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage tour. As Japan’s fourth-largest island, Shikoku is home to some of the country’s most spectacular and undeveloped scenery.

The island is also the setting for an ancient walking trail, the challenging Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage. The trail connects 88 Buddhist temples and the full walk covers more than a thousand kilometers. Pilgrims, known as O-henro, traditionally covered the journey on foot over many weeks, staying overnight at Shukubo temple lodgings. Most modern travelers now travel from temple to temple by tour bus, but we have found sections of the original route which can still be enjoyed on foot.

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This tour offers gentle walking and cycling and hiking suitable for children of 12 and up. All activities are optional, so please inquire about alternatives if traveling with younger passengers. For the cycling sections, E-bikes are also available for a supplement.


Tour Themes:
Cultural
Walking
Cycling
Rural Japan

This tour is sold as-is and is not customizable.


Cycling Japan Highlights

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.

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Cycling
Rural Japan


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