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JAPAN - KANSAI SAMPLER

Kyoto, JP

Japan is a country like none other. The blend of modern technology and ancient tradition will astound your senses and bring a smile to your face. The spring and fall are beautiful times to explore Japan. The brilliant reds and yellows of the leaves or Cherry Blossom Season further enhance the natural beauty of the Kansai region of Japan, where your adventure will take place. The Kansai region of Japan is rich with culture, beauty, cycling tradition, sake, a few small craft breweries and glorious roads to ride and explore.  You will spend the first half of this trip cycling in Kyoto and the surrounding mountains. We will cycle around Japan's largest lake, Biwa-ko, through old castle towns, while resting at local temples and gardens. The second half of the adventure is in Nara and Wakayama. On this portion of the adventure we will ride along some of the most sacred roads in the area following portions of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route. This tour is best enjoyed in the late fall or spring but can be enjoyed in almost any season. Whether you are living in Japan and want an adventure, visiting Japan and want to get off the beaten path, or simply love to ride this is the trip for you. This trip is fully supported by our bi-lingual guides to ensure you get the most out of your Japan vacation.

Trip Itinerary

Each trip is catered to our small group of 6 people. This is an example of on trip. If you would like a trip with less climbing or with more time in one location please let us know and we will sort it out for you. Contact us to create the tour for you and your friends.

Day 1 - This adventure begins in the Amazing city of Kyoto. We will gather in the afternoon for a Whisky Distillery Tour and prepare our bicycles for the adventure to come. After that we will head out to a yummy sushi dinner.

Day 2 Kyoto (About 50 kilometers) We will go for ride north of town near the Otagi Nenbutsu-ji shrine and Arashiyama areas.

Day 3 Kyoto - (About 25 - 30 kilometers of riding and hiking) Explore the city by bicycle and take in many of the great gardens and temples in the city. One of our stops on this day is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for having thousands of beautiful Tori gates.

Day 4-5 Kyoto and Lake Biwa - (About 180 Kilometers) We will spend the next two days cycling around the largest fresh water lake in Japan, Lake biwa or Biwa-Ko as it is called in Japanese. We will overnight at a local Ryoken along the way.

Day 6 Departing from our hotel in Kyoto we will ride to the 1,300 year old city of Nara. We will arrive in Nara with time to explore the city before dinner.

Day 7 - 10 Wakayama/Koyo-san/Kumano cycle adventure. The next 4 days will be spent cycling the small roads around the Wakayma Prefecture along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and exploring famous Koyo-san. We will be staying at local Ryokens along the way. Our luggage will be transferred for us each day. After our final day riding we will transfer to Osaka to explore the city and enjoy a final meal together.

Day 11 Head out on the next portion of your adventure or head home if this is the end of your journey for now.

Price Includes

All lodging and transportation once the tour begins
Breakfast and dinner each day
Lunches on cycling days
Airport pick-up & transfer
Fluent Bilingual guide.
Hot spring entrance fees
Entrance fees for select temples and museums
Use of bike bags during tour (for public transportation)
Limited edition Beer & Bike Japan Jersey, you can only get one if you come on the tour.

Price Does Not Include

Transportation to and from the start and finish of the tour Lunches on non riding days.

Participant Requirements

Japan is a mountainous country and some sections of the ride will involve steep hills and longer rides.

Available Dates

November 21 - December 2, 2016
April 3-14, 2017

Adventure price: $6500 per person