Japan
Winding Mountain Roads
Fishing amongst the Lilies
Japan
Shikoku Island

Cycle Japan

Islands, Mountains and Monasteries

Trip Details Cycling Dates
2011 Price: 3690 USD
Duration: 12 days
Start Point: Kyoto
End Point: Hiroshima
From Kyoto to Hiroshima
Cycling Days: 8
Distance: 442 km
Grade: Strenuous Strenuous Strenuous Strenuous
Quick Itinerary Highlights
Day Activity Location

Coastal bike tracks – ancient vine suspensions bridges – forests – mountains – Shinto temples – Geishas – tea ceremonies – ryokans –hot springs – tepanyaki – sushi – Peace memorial – Ancient capitals – Buddhist mountain retreat

Japan is such an eclectic mix of sights and sounds, landscapes, history and culture that it is a joy to experience. This cycling tour takes in the cultural centres of Kyoto and Nara, as well as the monastic Kyo-san mountain where Buddhism still thrives today. Most of the cycling will be on Shikoku Island; through the central mountains, rivers and gorges of the Iya valley, alongside cliff top roads with views down upon Japan's southern coast. Our final day's riding is sure to be a highlight as we island hop across several 100 metre-high bridges to the main island of Honshu. A day to soak up Hiroshima's historical ambience. A fantastic cycling trip with unforgettable cultural experiences, we believe this trip has something for everyone.

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Arrival day
Free day. Morning cycle tour visiting Kyoto Temples. cycling distance 20km
Cycle Kyoto to Nara. cycling distance 50km
Cycle Nara to base of Koya san. cycling distance 65k
Free morning before ferry transfer to Tokushima.
Cycle Tokushima to Koyadaira cycling distance 55
Cycle Koyadaira to Kazurabashi cycling distance 85k
Cycle Kazurabashi to Kotohira. cycling distance 80k
Transfer to Imbari/Cycle to Mishima Island. cycling distance 47m
Cycle inland sea to Onomichi. Transfer to Hiroshima. cycling distance 40km
Visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park.
Departure Day

Kyoto
Kyoto

Nara
Koya San

Tokushima

Koyadaira
Kazurabashi

Kotohira

Island Stay

Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Testimonials

"Fantastic! Over the years we've done many tours, but this is the one we enjoyed the most. The mix of riding, history and culture was wonderful... We had a wonderful time and can't wait to do another trip with Bike Asia."

– Lee and Cathy Painter, April 2007

"We ate so well with great variety. I now have a greater appreciation of the Japanese cuisine. [Local guides] Ken and Aiko - they are a delight. They were so supportive and encouraging and prepared to share so much about their world with us. Thankyou!"

– Anne-Maree O'Kane, April 2007