I’m convinced that the best way to visit and explore another culture is at the speed of a bicycle. In my experience, cycling opens up instant opportunities to connect with ordinary people. I’ve toured many regions of Japan on my custom, high performance folding Bike Friday. I’ve ridden with Japanese cyclists in Tokyo, Karuizawa, Kyoto, Osaka, and other areas.
In 2006 I started Japan Cycle Tours to offer personalized bicycle tours of Hokkaido, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, the Inland Sea, and more. Having grown up in and lived in Japan for many years, I truly enjoy introducing others to Japan and sharing my insider’s perspective on the culture. Read more about me.
Before you visit Japan, I recommend that you get a copy of my book, Living Abroad in Japan, in which I introduce you to the language, history, cultural values, communication, tips for getting around, and give an overview of six different regions of Japan.