Japan cycling holiday – Temples, Tea and Trails
offered by supplier M08215
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 5 – 12 people
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring
Season: April – October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2295 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2295 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Between remote mountain trails, ancient temples and rugged coastlines, this unique tour explores, contrasting rural, traditional and contemporary sides of the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Will travel a variety of ways, quiet and easy off road routes, giving you real insight into the country, Japanese, culture, food and its people.
Our journey begins in and around Kyoto later in the rarely visited areas along the coast of Honshu and Japan onto the island of Kyushu. Pedals through constantly changing landscapes of rice paddies, forest narrow valleys, rugged beach, with the active volcano bubbling sulphur pools together lakesides and remote farming villages with seasonal colors, add overall beauty.
Greeted by the warm smiles of local people on our way, we invite in Zen temples and beautiful gardens, take part in local festivals and explore some of Japan on a variety of night life. Staying in comfortable traditional Ryokan, Minshuku Inns and local hostels, you’ll really experience the Japanese aesthetic art of hospitality. Among the most are found in cycling Caldera largest in the world, Mt. Kennels, soaking in thermal onsen (outdoor baths), cooking and sampling delicious food and study of serene beauty of the ancient capital Imperial of the Kyoto Protocol with a variety of Gion district… monitor these Geisha!
This trip was developed by Naomi, well known to those of you who were with us to Sardinia, Cuba, Jura and the Alps. Having lived in Japan for years, his enthusiasm for cycling and all aspects of Japanese culture, have led to this unique program. Your guide will lead Vincent long time resident of Japan and distance wheels. He Naomi shares of passion and Japan and strongly believes that cycling in Japan is one of the best kept secrets in the world.
Day 1 – flights to Japan
Depart from Europe for our regular flights arriving at Kansai Airport in Osaka (KIX) the next day.
2 day – Arrival in Osaka Kansai Airport & transfer of the Kyoto Protocol
After arriving in Osaka we transfer from airport to the bus short distance to the Kyoto Protocol, with luggage and bicycles pass through our support of the vehicle. Our first night in Minshuku accommodation in central Kyoto, on a quiet street near the Heian Shrine at Higashi-yama area. In the afternoon it is time to collect his bicycle, if you have brought your own, or are equipped with your bicycle rental. Then dinner time to try local specialties and one occasion to meet all their Companions exciting for the next 16 days. (B)
Day 3 – Kyoto – Cycling Distance about 15 km.
Given the solar project, after breakfast will take on to explore the magnificent ancient capital of Kyoto. In true Japanese style, this is the contrast of modern high technology and ancient traditional culture. Riding on the narrow streets in the Gion district meandering between ancient temples and narrow modern prefab buildings, you will soon receive a sense of East and West merge in a thriving chaos. Heading east, we’ll explore more of the traditional Japanese fourth around Kiyomizu Dera. From the temple itself will have expansive view of the city. Flower blossoms in spring and autumn colors, add attraction, which brings even the most experienced Japanese tourist! (B, L)
Day 4 – Western Kyoto – Cycling approximately 30kms distance.
, While we continue to explore the Kyoto Protocol will come to realise that although the 21 century is steadily engulfing modernization of the city, a broadcast of classical Japan still lingers in this ancient capital. Autumn in Kyoto is a show of color as the mountain sides and gardens light of a similar fire in the carpet from Reds, coppers and yellow. Different colored blossoms in the spring of filling Kyoto with soft pink and white broadcast. Passage of seasons is an important moment for Japanese people who flock to more than 2000 temples and sanctuaries to admire this natural rhythmic display. No better way to see the sights than a bicycle as we head westwards to Arashiyama hills. On how we cycle through the Kyoto royal palace gardens then Daitokuji another fine example of a Zen temple garden in Kyoto. A brief stop to sample local sweet in the 300 this year after building one exclamation point on gold covered temple. Then Arashiyama old neighborhood full of Japanese cherry trees and klenov, and more for our lunch. In the evening, we wander the streets of Gion, the heart of the Kyoto Protocol of the most famous geisha quarter. Wooden slated, tile roofed tea houses line these streets and this is where they come dusk, shadows of developed gowned woman rustle past, disappearing behind the sliding door. (B, L)
Day 5 – Kyoto-ken hill ride – Cycling approximately 75kms distance.
Today set off, heading north, and immersing themselves in densely wooded hills that separate from the north coast of Kyoto. Riding away from the noise and bustle of Kyoto, we accept and surfaced forest roads, riding on a remote mountain passes and whizzing down in small valleys of rice paddies, requested by the typical old Japanese farm houses. The parties to these hills are densely wooded with remarkable Cedar trees are home to wild pigs and monkeys there. After passing through these mountains our destination for the day is Miyama, a quiet village nestled in a long narrow valley filled with paddy fields. Sections of the village and maintain the original character, with well-preserved thatched roof farm houses (one of which is our youth hostels) to our idea of what Japan should have in the past. We are en route & picnic lunch to dinner in accommodating Miyama Youth Hostel will be nice surprise. (B, L, D)
6 days – Miyama for Obama – Cycling approximately 65kms distance.
After a good traditional Japanese style breakfast of rice, eggs and pickles, will assume day on the other hand, quiet roads. Some of the roads we once when used as an ancient trade routes between the Gulf of Obama and the Kyoto Protocol. Time is set aside for a visit to the National historical monument of Higashiyama village small village with all the traditional houses and the opportunity to visit some museums exampling old Japanese agricultural lifestyle.
Then continue to climb liquidation Gonami to go, lunch, usually at the top prize. We will be rewarded with a long drop in Natasho valley and then on coastal fishing town of Obama. Your accommodation for two nights is a hotel overlooking the bay. Here, in Obama will be able to sample some more Japanese delicacies during our food here. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Obama Coastal route and Myotsuji Temple – Cycling approximately 40kms distance.
The contrast between the small villages and life in major cities will become more evident as we continue exploring rural our bicycles. Today is the most magnificent roads outside (but not rock) and to climb along the upper coastal road, overlooking Wakasa Bay, with its rugged coastline and a small fishing hamlets. Other than its importance within the Japanese fishing tradition, the Obama area is home to several important Soto Zen temples nestled in quiet valleys. In particular, Myotsuji three-storey pagoda among the centuries old Cedar trees, is a monument of historical interest and part of national wealth. If we are lucky to meet nice head priest, giving us an English introduction of Buddhist traditions. After another full day on our bikes, this is your chance of the evening to explore Obama nightlife and maybe even try your singing talents in one of the many karaoke bars. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Wakasa Beach – Mikata Five Lakes – Cycling approximately 40kms distance.
Not influx to start the day today and will have time to enjoy your western style breakfast and maybe even go for a walk along the alley Obama. Today it is your chance to try your hand at some Japanese cooking. Time for separation of bicycle helmets and pop on chafer, since we spend much of the morning chopping vegetables, fish and other local specialties in an attempt to impress our host! It is fun occasion and we even get the chance to eat what we are prepared!
Change in our cycling clothing, will remain along the coastal road, breathing in the sea air, fishing, riding past more villages, stopping to watch men and women are prone to fishing nets and introduction to dry in the sun, seaweed, squid and fish from different and unusual species. After an easy “roller back” experience, will reach Mikata Emine.
For the last part of the ride will focus our eyes on a quiet path round of the five lakes of Mikata, part of Wakasa Bay Quasi National Park. Each lake offers views that differ sensitive than others. Around sixty species of fish are said to live in the five lakes, where unique and simple traditional methods of fishing is still practised. This area is known for plum production, which then was made into sweet plum liqueur and salt “umeboshi” pickles. Right number of us is the next accommodation, a nice Ryokan Onsen with superb outdoor pools for swimming. In Ryokan in the lush setting and you really do not want to leave, your dinner with the best Japanese food that will taste during your stay in Japan! (B, L, D)
Day 9 – two lakes Ride – Cycling approximately 75kms distance.
We say sayonara to the Sea of Japan and venture over Mihama mountains, heading south to the largest freshwater lake in Japan, Biwa-Carla. Taking the two surfaced well outlined and the United Nations, outlined ways, we are weaving to remote densely forested valleys, for more than one card and withdraw some fun “bumpy” roads to a picnic lunch and ends.
Suitably refreshed’re back once again outlined road to Biwa-Carla. The landscape around Biwa-Who is again different, villages with Vice marsh land of grass and wood beaches aplikirani shores. After minor roads and lanes of lakes near, our clockwise route is just wonderful. Accommodation for the evening will be over-Ryokan northern end of the lake. Evening sunset is usually remarkable and early morning skyline always offers breathtaking photo opportunities. (B, L, D)
Day 10 – Rest day and ferry to Kyushu
A solar project for transfer by train to Osaka. In Osaka have time to explore your own pleasure: a city renowned for being a minor in comparison to Tokyo, but as far friendlier people and better food. A great chance to wander off shopping in one of the many commercial districts, catch up with their e-mail or maybe to visit the world famous aquarium. Late afternoon we meet to go to the Ferry Terminal.
At 7pm we are on the ferry to the island of Kyushu. Is a ferry trip at night, Beppu arrives early in the day. Widely used by local, Japanese ferries offer a different cultural experience, not to be missed! Large common tatami rooms are used as sleeping, recreation, drinking, and eating areas. Will meet with Long, down birth, people eat, drink, chat with strangers, overhead television show inevitably bizarre tests show photographs taken and its only the beginning! On board the “onsens” (hot baths) to allow people to relax in the pool swish swashing, exchange of news between the back rubs vryashta water and declines: a trip highlight is the night flying the longest suspension bridge in the world, linking Honshu with Awaji island and Shikoku. You can have dinner and your weary bones can rest on a bunk bed for a good nights sleep. (B)
Day 11 – Beppu and transfer to Shantanu for dog-san – Cycling Distance about 65 km.
Upon arrival in Beppu You will be surprised to notice the steam rising from thousands of Hot Springs opened again fell by a large mountain. Beppu is among the most popular hot springs area in Japan. Along the springs release 68000 litres of water per minute. After stopping off for breakfast, will take the bus transfer title Yamanami south along the highway, a scenic road that climbs gradually to Shantanu for dog-Kuju National Park. From the top of Mt. Kuju move will be returned to bicycles and enjoy our journey through rugged landscapes of high missing volcanoes discovered densely forested meadows and forests.
Enroute we can try another hot spring then be used for peaceful picnic lunch. Plenty of down is and the amount of Shantanu for dogs Caldera made clear since the end of its approach and start checking our steep drop in breathtaking & Shantanu for dogs fertile plane at the bottom of Caldera. Our housing for the next few nights will be in friendly Akamizu Lodge is under Caldera slopes. (L, D)
Day 12 & 13 – Shantanu for dogs Caldera & Kikuchi Gorge – Mountain biking distance 50kms & 55kms around.
From our comfortable base Akamizu Lodge, will spend the next two days off exploring the many paths and roads, roads that network Shantanu for dogs Caldera. Riding close to active sections of the volcano and gentle plateau and the contours of one of the largest calderas in the world, it will be a unique experience. Within Caldera of five central cones, one of which is still active.
We will ride on tracks just below the highest missing cones Shantanu for dogs san, dense forests with lower slops, covered with alpine flora of Samit. Hiking trails, open meadows and singletrack will be our platform for the next few days, mountain biking. One day we travel to the beginning of the path of Nakadake, and draws the end of the active volcano unique and exhilarating experience.
Finding and the interest of many other onsens, soaking in pools open steam will be our only prize day after us in terms of bicycle, in true Japanese style! Another day will venture to remarkable Kikuchi parade, a game of boulders to a fast flowing river in forested gorge. We will pedal free traffic to and from this quiet paradise. Our evening meals and accommodation will be at-Akamizu Lodge with picnic provided for lunch every day. (B, L, D)
Day 14 – Chojobara Plato-Yutsubo Onsen – Cycling approximately 30kms distance.
After breakfast, will make a brief transfer back to the same Kuju move, which started its Kyushu ride, which is easy cycling day. On our bikes again, we ride down to Chojabara plateau for lunch. Once we explore the remote slopes below the smoking crater of an active volcano to another very easily meandar through natural grasslands and drop down into another valley. We will arrive early Sensui Minshuku, which is a real sets in the rural heartland of Kyushu.
It is time to try one of its most diverse baths, to be followed by 20 moves dinner of local delicacies. Of fresh river trout taken from the nearby river, rice grown in the way, picked fruit tree and a large hillside produced down the road. Will go back to the room happy to achieve big fluffy futon feeling more than satisfied and ready for a good nights sleep. (B, L, D)
Day 15 – Mt. Kuju Mountain biking – Yufuin – Cycling approximately 45kms distance.
As a combination of tarmac narrow mountain roads and dirt paths, we make our way of onsen town of Yufuin. On how we will be able to go through the highest Japan and the longest suspension bridge. So high Godzilla will not be able to grab you from the river below. And this place, beautiful bridge gives fantastic view of two waterfalls tumbling into the deep valley floor. In some easy dirt roads and paths have lunch before we drop down into a wide valley where the Yufuin. This is one of many places in Kyushu tries to preserve the medieval period homes and streets. Over the decades, it has attracted many Eccentric artists who have settled because of the charm of the surrounding landscape. ARTY the quiet atmosphere, many hot springs and small crafts and art museums make Yufuin and interesting for our final stop in the evening Kyushu. Our accommodation is a new Japanese B & B short walk from the central Yufuin. We will be eating in tonight and it may be another chance to stretch your croaky chords. (B, L)
Day 16 – Cycle Yufin to Beppu and take the ferry to Osaka – Cycling approximately 35kms distance.
On the morning have more time to explore narrow streets, some gift shopping from a variety of interesting craft shops, this captivating hot spring town. After about mid-morning will get on our bicycles on our last day riding in Japan. As they say good bye to the volcanic topography of Kyushu we have our final climb, then a short journey to our final flat picnic lunch in the picturesque place. Great place for a picture of the group. After lunch in the rest of the ride is all the way down to the Ferry Terminal, where we pack of bicycles and you leave time to visit your hot tub last spring. You could also wander the heart of a check and an unusual local museum or try sand tub or take a trip to neighbouring hell Hot Springs (Jigokus). The word “jigokus” comes from “burning hell” of Buddhist sutras and Beppu jigokus indeed remind one of “burning hells.” In Bozu jigoku, contains articles boiling gray bubbles, which incessantly with a menacing sound. Jigokus more attractive to be seen in around Beppu are Umi jigoku, or more hell, contain white particles that reflect the color of the sky. Another, Chinoike, or bloody lake, has vermillion color. Tatsumaki jigoku (water-spout hell) is a geyser, which shot forced to water height of 20 m (82 ft) every 25 minutes. With the ferry leaves early in the evening, dinner will be on board. (B, L)
Day 17 – Kyoto and Osaka – Spare Time
In the early morning ferry arrives, we transfer the Kyoto Protocol in Osaka by local transport. That last day is devoted to your free survey of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, who still has many undiscovered areas to explore. In the evening will be our final dinner in a typical Japanese pub, sad time saying goodbye to his Companions in the last 16 days. Your final nights accommodation in Kyoto is a nice hotel in the centre of the centre of which allow you to easily make last-minute shopping or stay in the end with his new found friends. All meals On that day are on your account.
Day 18 – Kansai airport transfer
Typically, early morning departure to get to the airport during check-in for the flight. We arrange such a shuttle bus transfer from your accommodation back at the airport. Once here it’s time to say sayanora its manuals and Japan.
In addition, there are many more to see in this amazing country, with Bullet Trains able to whisk you away in a matter of hours. Anyone fancy a trip to see Mount Fuji or more days in Tokyo? (B)