Highlights of Japan

Hotel & Bike 9 nights

VISITING: Japan

Overview

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Why we love this tour

"This tour lives up to its name. Not only the culture and history of Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima but also, the natural beauty of the inland sea and impeccable cycle paths of the Shimanami Kaido. The final few days are my favourite, exploring the untouched Amakusa islands."

Island hop through stunning Amakusa archipelago

Traditional ‘onsen’ steam baths, delicious cuisine and authentic ryokans

Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima and roaming deer in Nara

Rolling terrain that includes part of the famous Shimanami Kaido route

Guiding
Guided
Distance
275miles/443km
Level
Moderate to Challenging
Standard
Comfort
Departs
Thu
Runs
May, Oct
Code
JP001
Fly to
Kansai
Good for
Coasts and Islands, Foodies
Return
Kagoshima

Setting-off from the ancient capital of Kyoto, this nine night tour is full of diversity – expect everything from ancient castles and mighty volcanoes, to the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima and the world’s largest wooden structure in Todaiji. Touring along the southern coast of Japan’s main island (Honshu) and continuing south to tranquil Kyushu, you’ll experience two famous cycle routes and have the chance to explore some areas on foot.

With cool sea breezes and a backdrop of volcanic peaks, you’ll ride beside rivers, mountains and coastlines. With ascents along the way, you’ll skirt Mount Unzen and island hop through the stunning Amakusa archipelago. Throughout the week, expect delicious Japanese cuisine, relaxing onsens (hot springs) and a night in a traditional ryokan (guest house). Your tour ends in the coastal Izumi city, where Siberian cranes overwinter in the wetlands.

If you're looking for tours that are self-guided in Japan, please see our cycling tours in Hokkaido.

Accommodation

Minshuku/Ryokan guesthouses & hotels

A mix of 'minshuku' guesthouses and 'ryokan' hotels & inns. Hotels are comfortable and centrally located. Guesthouses are sometimes more basic with shared ohuro bathing facilities but add a lot of local flavour to the tour.

Minshuku
Minshuku are Japanese-style bed & breakfast accommodation. They are usually run by a family and offer visitors a good opportunity to meet a local family and experience a traditional Japanese lifestyle. Like in a ryokan guests stay in Japanese style rooms, sleep on a futon on tatami floor and have the opportunity to take a Japanese style bath.

Ryokan
Ryokan are unique to Japan and are an experience not to be missed. A ryokan is a Japanese-style inn. Maintaining the special, traditional atmosphere and appearance is more important than providing the latest modern convenience for the guests. A ryokan is for travellers who wish to experience traditional Japanese culture and enjoy the comforts of old-fashion Japanese hospitality and service. If you wish to see, taste, touch, and feel traditional Japanese culture then a night at a typical ryokan provides just this.

9 nights in Minshuku and Ryokan guesthouses & hotels

Full board and snacks

Luggage transferred

All visits and transfers

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What's included

Price includes

9 nights accommodation in Minshuku and Ryokan guesthouses & hotels

Board basis: Full Board with snacks (except arrival and departure day)

Tour leader in support van (if group is fewer than 8); Tour leader with group and driver in support van (min 8 in group) 

Transfers and all visits during tour

Luggage transportation

GPS route information 

Price excludes

International & domestic flights 

Drinks with meals

Visas

Personal expenses 

Bike hire

GPS device 

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

You are welcome to bring your own pedals, saddle, handlebar bag, helmet and waterbottles.

Hybrid Touring Bike

£174

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Osaka or Nagoya airport. Alternatively take the Shinkansen bullet train to Osaka from Tokyo or Hiroshima, then express train to Kyoto station.

How do I get back?

Fly from Kagoshima (via Tokyo).

What is a ‘Moderate to Challenging’ cycle holiday?

Generally in hilly areas, with numerous climbs, downhill stretches and longer daily distances. Moderate to challenging cycling is suitable for regular and experienced cyclists with a good level of fitness.

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

Is May a good time to visit Japan?

May is a good time to visit Japan, as the vegetation is lush and the weather is mild, but not yet hot and humid like the summer months.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

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