Cycle Japan Tours - An enticing journey to discover the real Japan!

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Tour Information

  Accommodation
  Food
  Terrain, Distances & Fitness
  Weather
  Bicycles & Gear
  Tour Inclusions
  Not Included

Accommodation

During the cycle tour, we will mainly be staying in traditional inns called “Ryokans” or “Minshukus” (like a Bed and Breakfast or B&B), selected because of their charm and appeal to provide you with a genuine local experience of Japan. In such accommodation, a large communal tatami (Japanese reed mat) room is provided which is used for both eating and sleeping. Separate rooms may be available for men and women to sleep in depending on vacancies at the time. Japanese inns provide delicious dinners and breakfasts centered on local cuisine using local ingredients. Lunches to take-away can usually be ordered separately if required. Soaking in a Japanese bath is also an enjoyable part of staying at a Japanese guest house. Tour participants will sleep in soft, warm Japanese futons on tatami mats, which are very comfortable and a great experience if you’ve never tried it before. We’re sure you’ll enjoy yourselves!

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Food

Japanese food is delicious, healthy and nourishing. Where possible the meals served on the tour will be local, traditional food, using fresh ingredients, and providing you with an interesting cultural and culinary experience. En route, you will be able to enjoy several Japanese “Nabe” dishes (like a traditional hot pot) for dinner. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the guest house we stay at, and therefore the menu is provided / decided by them. From our collective experience in Japan, the food is always good and provides a wonderful part of staying at a traditional guest house.

Dinners often include a main dish with meat, fish, or chicken, and vegetables, and several smaller dishes, including rice, noodles, tofu, Japanese pickles, and miso or a clear soup. Fresh fruit is often served at the end of the meal.

Japanese breakfasts usually feature grilled fish, rice, miso soup and other offerings.

Lunches will often be en-route and we will stop at a local restaurant where you can savour a steaming bowl of noodles, snack on onigiri (or special rice balls) or a variety of menu options. Or special arrangements can be made with the guest house for lunch to be supplied in advance.

If you are vegetarian or have any special dietary needs / food allergies – please advise us in advance pre-tour. Please note that some tour locations are remote – and access to food may be limited to local food choices only. Alternatives can be provided if requested well in advance. Cycle Japan Tours will ensure that the food on the trip is enjoyable and satisfying. 

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  Terrain, Distances & Fitness

Japan is mountainous and so our cycle tours will reflect the terrain. Some hills will be easy, others not, and there will be some great down hill runs, and flat parts too. Consideration will be given to each group member’s abilities relative to the type of terrain along the tour route. The object is to provide you with an enjoyable route to enjoy the delightful Japanese countryside. Distances covered will vary between 50-80 kms (approx. 30-50 miles) per day.

An intermediate level of fitness is required to participate in these cycle tours. This event is not suitable for beginners, and participants need to be competent cyclists with sufficient cycling experience to cover the distances and terrain each day. If you are unsure about how you think you will fare – please contact the event coordinators with your query. Also consulting with your doctor in the event of any pre-existing medical conditions is highly recommended.

This is a fully guided and supported tour, so participants’ bags will be carried in a support vehicle. Those who don’t wish to cycle some sections or distances or on certain days have the option to ride in the support vehicle.

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  Weather 

While the weather is generally warm and fine in Spring and Autumn (e.g. 15-25°C or 60-80°F), temperatures may fall to around ten degrees Celsius (50°F), especially in the mountains and in the evenings. Wonderful sunny days are common, however rain also is not unheard of, especially in mountainous areas where the weather can quickly change! Tour participants should pack accordingly and be prepared. Rain gear is always a must on any bike trip. 


  Bicycles & Gear

You will need to bring your own bicycle to ride on the tour, as rental ones are not available. Prior to departure for Japan, it is recommended that you have your vehicle checked out and serviced at your local bike shop to ensure it is in proper working order and will be up to the trip. While bicycle repairs can be made in Japan, owing to some of the remote locations covered, it is strongly advised that you bring useful items such as bike tools, puncture repair kit, spare tubes, bike pump, spokes, and other parts or items deemed necessary to participate in this event. CJT cannot be responsible for problems incurred with the operation of your bike insofar as it does not impact on nor disrupt the operation of the tour or inconvenience other tour participants. We will, of course, do our best to assist where possible.

In traveling with your bike to Japan, it is recommended that you bring your bike packed in a bike box, inclusive of suitable padding to protect bike gears and operational parts from incurring any damage during transportation. Travel insurance, including coverage of your bike against damage, is also highly advisable.

In the interest of personal safety, wearing a bike helmet is a compulsory requirement on any CJT cycle tour. You’ll need to bring your own helmet. Wearing cycling shorts, protective sunglasses and cycling gloves also help make cycling comfortable.

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 Tour Inclusions

All accommodation x 8 nights
Breakfast & dinners (not lunches)
Morning & afternoon drink & snack breaks
Airport pick-up & transfer
Arrival information kit
Welcome & Farewell dinners
Hot spring entrance fees
Public transport fees
Some entrance fees i.e. Hikone Castle, Kyoto morning tour & Osaka Castle (other entrance fees not included).
Use of bike bags during tour (for public transportation)

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Not Included


Use of bicycle and helmet
Additional drinks / snacks 
Alcohol
Lunches 
Other entrance fees (except those already listed) 
Incidental expenses / personal spending money 
Personal travel & bicycle insurance 
Bicycle parts & repair costs 
Separate / private transport fees
Additional nights’ accommodation

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