Bicycle off the beaten track ✦ Experience a night in a historic gessho house ✦ Wander the streets of ancient Kyoto ✦ Bike the coastline of the Sea of Japan ✦ Discover the flavorful Japanese cuisine
Cycling Kyoto Japan and Beyond
You bicycle through the quiet, small rural villages with straw roofed Gessho houses, quiet places to spend a night in the traditional accommodations. Ride the rural landscapes, seek out sacred cultural landmarks, and discover a Japan that most people miss on this scenic cycling tour through the heart of Japan!
Make the most of your holiday to Japan with a cycling tour that takes you from the historic city streets of Kyoto to the heart of the coastal countryside, enjoying such a long Sea of Japan. Ride along picturesque rivers into the lush mountain ranges of Northeast Kyoto, where the green slopes are dotted with thatched farms and straw roofed houses. Explore the natural wonders of the famously scenic Amonahashidate sandbar, the beautiful rice terraces of Uchiura, and the historical castle town on the rugged coastline of the Wakasa Bay. As well, soak in the sacred sites of the Sanzen-in temple and participate in traditional mochi-making. All along your trip you will stay in premier accommodations and dine in delicious local restaurants. Spend you night well by grabbing the traditional Japanese cuisine with its unique taste of delicacy.
Japan bicycle tour day by day details
Kyoto Check out
Travel: Shuttle to airport
Our Kyoto Bike Tour trip includes a couple of nights in traditional, historic inns either minshuku or ryokan. These inns originated back in the era of when the emperors and their courts walked from palace to palace and these inns sprung up along the trails to accommodate the parties.
Arriving at a ryokan is an experience in itself. The hostess, okami , dressed in a kimono, comes to welcome the guests. Once you take your shoes off , put on the slippers made available at the entrance. An employee, still in a kimono, then comes to take over from the okami and accompany the customers to their room.
Always ranked in the top ten of cuisines worldwide, Japanese food is a delight both visually and for its taste. Dinners at the minshukus and ryokan on this tour are traditional Kaiseki Ryori, with many small dishes of vegetables, fish, meats and more.
A typical dinner could consist of: shiizakana (appetizers served with Japanese sake), mukouzuke (sashimi, slices of raw fish), kuchitori (a small appetizer), suimono (soup), nimono (simmered vegetables), kounomono (Japanese pickles), yakimono (grilled fish) and more.
The Kyoto Cycling Tour meets and ends at Kyōto Station.
Guests should plan their train bookings to arrive in Kyoto before 15:00 (3 pm) on Day 1 of the tour and their departing flights after 10:00 (10 am) on Day 8. Guests can fly via Osaka (KIX), Nagoya (NGO) or Tokyo (NRT & HND), then catch the bullet train to Kyoto's main station.
Local Time: GMT+9
Passports are required for all guests. Visas maybe required depending on your nationality, check with the nearest Embassy of Japan.
Whatcha Gonna Get
- Expert local bilingual guides
- Entrance and activity fees
- Handpicked lodges, ensuite rooms, double occupancy
- Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
- Dinners featuring fine local cuisine*
- Unlimited drinking water**
- Support van for baggage and lifts
- Free use of bicycles
*as noted in itinerary
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You, your family and friends, your preferred date, our handcrafted tour routes, privately guided, the ultimate adventure getaway.
Classic Inns from $5575
Spring (Mar-May) & Fall (Sep-Nov) are the best times to go.
Join a Scheduled Departure
Join a group of like minded travelers (8 guests max) on one of the dates below:
2024: 22 Apr (full) ✦ 13 May (full) ✦ 7 Oct
2025: 21 Apr ✦ 12 May
Première Inns: $5450 per person, double occupancy
Single Room: +$n/a Deposit: $550