Enjoy seeing and experiencing sights that are unique to Japan
Bike the charming back streets of Kyoto

Japan Heritage

7 days
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$4,122 USD

Get ready to experience authentic and historic Japan on this 7-day cycling tour of the Kansai region. Visit Kyoto's must-sees, while exploring hidden gems in the surrounding countryside. Enjoy meals of traditional Japanese cuisine, including learning how to make sushi. At night, rest your body in the hot springs at an authentic ryokan. Escape to the tranquil countryside for fantastic cycling and exploring. This guided cycle tour of Japan is perfect for first-time visitors and Japan-frequent travelers alike!

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    159.1 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    26.1 miles
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Prepare yourself for an immersive journey through the rich history and natural wonders of Japan during this 7-day cycling expedition across the enchanting Kansai region. Begin your adventure by exploring the must-see sights of Kyoto, where the echoes of bygone eras linger in the air. Then, embark on a captivating circuit that unfolds before you, revealing pristine landscapes, timeless villages, soothing onsens (hot springs), awe-inspiring temples, serene shrines, meticulously tended tea plantations, and a myriad of delectable culinary delights. These meticulously chosen cycling routes are among the finest in all of Japan, catering to both first-time visitors and seasoned travelers to this remarkable country.

Our odyssey commences in the historical heart of Kyoto, where we pedal through time, discovering the city's splendid historical legacy and some of Japan's most precious cultural treasures. In the days that follow, our cycling path takes us on a delightful journey through undulating terrain, where lush forests and verdant rice fields are crisscrossed by meandering mountain streams. Along the way, traditional villages, fertile farms, sacred Shinto shrines, and legendary temples grace our route. We'll skirt the shores of the magnificent Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, before embarking on a picturesque course that leads to Nara, a charming city affectionately known as "mini Kyoto." En route, we'll explore the Edo-era canals of Omihachiman and traverse the breathtaking Wazuka region, a rural gem where tea fields have been meticulously sculpted into the rolling hillsides over centuries. Our sojourn in Nara will span two nights, during which we'll delve into its rich heritage sites and partake in an enthralling sushi-making class. On the final day of our expedition, we'll trace the tranquil Uji River's path back to Kyoto, concluding our remarkable journey.

This is the epitome of an authentic Japanese experience, a harmonious blend of tradition, nature, and culture, meticulously curated for your enjoyment.

Disclaimer: Adventure cycling tours operated often go beyond the beaten track, and the countries where you may ride are not always predictable. Due to these reasons, it is occasionally necessary to reroute or update itineraries. The tour operator guarantees that they will not change a trip unless it is for safety reasons or to improve it. The listed hotels are always accurate at the time of writing, but should there be a change to any hotel, it will always be for a similar or better one.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Cycling jersey and drink bottle
  • Support vehicle
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Cooking class
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Accommodation
  • Helmet
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour (upgrade options are available - please see below).
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • International / Domestic flights
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

Tour options and upgrades:

2 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available