Japan cycling vacations guide
Thinking of seeing Japan? Three words: on yer bike! Cycling is one of the best ways to explore this complex, beguiling country. Jumping on a bike is about more than the physical challenge and fresh air. It’s a way to jump into the culture, the history and the rural landscapes. Follow undulating routes past remote fishing villages and lonely temples, then spend the night in a traditional inn, relaxing in a simple yukata kimono, soaking in the hot waters of an onsen and feasting on seafood.
No cycling vacation to Japan will place racking up the miles over soaking up the sights, so expect regular stops to dip into temples and poke around villages, plus time in Tokyo and Kyoto.
On guided tours, a local guide will turn observing local life into understanding it. As well as ensuring your tyres stay pumped, a guide can steer you through Tokyo’s metro system, explain the differences between Shinto and Buddhism, fill you in on the flora and translate a chat with the women selling grilled fish, hamayaki, on the beach. You’ll be in the saddle and in the know, combining active discovery with in-depth insights.
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Get off the beaten track and experience old Japan
From US $6260 14 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2022: 14 May, 15 Oct
2022: 14 May, 15 Oct
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Best time to go cycling in Japan
The Japanese cycle in all weathers, even holding an umbrella as they pedal through a summer shower, but cycling vacations stick to the mild and mostly dry spring and autumn.
Spring and autumn are hands-down the best time to go cycling in Japan, avoiding winter’s freeze and summer’s humidity and rain. Most cycling vacations run in March, April and May, and October and November. Expect chilly temperatures and battering winds in early spring and November, particularly on the Noto Peninsula, but in April, May and October temperatures are comfortably into the teens centigrade. Late March to April is sakura season, when the cherry trees are in blossom and people party beneath their pink canopy, showered in petal confetti. Equally impressive are the changing autumn colours, the koyo, making mountainsides blush in late October and November.
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More about Japan cycling
Our Japan cycling map and highlights page reveals the rural routes and bike-able villages and cities that you’ll discover on a Japan cycling vacation. This is cultural immersion via carefree cycling. You’ll also discover handy advice – from packing tips to fitness requirements – from our expert tour operators, so you can plan your trip with confidence.