Cycling in Japan is a pleasure

At Osaka castle

A family poses at Asakusa Temple

Typical room in a Japanese Inn

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October 21 - 31, 2014


Fall is an ideal time to visit Japan when the hot and muggy summer has passed. On this tour we explore World Heritage temples, shrines and gardens in the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara and take the bullet train to visit Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park. Then we spend 4 days pedaling across spectacular bridges linking ten islands in the Inland Sea between Honshu and Shikoku. The Shimanami Kaido or "Island wave sea route" is one of the premier cycling routes in Japan. We stay two nights in a ryokan or tradition inn on one of the small islands and enjoy hot spring baths and delicious seafood.

The focus of the tour is on experiencing Japanese culture first-hand, with time to take pictures, meet local people, and enjoy the food and sights, rather than long distance road riding. Some riding will be in cities with traffic; however, Japanese drivers are generally considerate and used to bicyclists on the road. Daily cycling distances are approximately 20-60 miles, flat or rolling or hills, at a moderate pace (10-12 mph). There is no sag wagon, but we will ship our bags ahead to the next hotel and carry only what we need for the day on our bikes. Minimum 6, maximum 10 participants. The tour begins and ends in Kyoto.

Cost: $2995 per person, double occupancy; $400 single supplement.

For details and reservation form info@japancycletour.com

Your guide, Ruthy Kanagy is a Bike Friday Travel System consultant, long-time Japan resident fluent in Japanese, and author of "Living Abroad in Japan" (3rd edition, 2013)

Comments from Japan Cycle Tour participants:

"You did an excellent job in planning the places to stay, the routes and all the other details. We both enjoyed your unique perspective on the culture." Mike & Susan

"Thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip! It was much more than a cycle trip. It was a cultural experience. The food was spectacular, the onsen hot bath a well earned reward, and the accommodation extremely comfortable." Peter & Liz