Last modified (date)27 Nov 2018
Trip titleCycle Japan
ValidityValidity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
IntroductionFrom world-class sushi to legendary geisha, enthralling Japan is the perfect destination to discover by bicycle. Our cycling adventure gives you a slowed down, up close look of this fascinating country and allows ample opportunity to meet locals and glimpse the unique culture of the Land of the Rising Sun. From the temples, shrines and geisha of Kyoto to the frenetic but exhilarating chaos of Toky... Read more
Physical preparationThis is an active trip, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness. While there is flexibility in the distance you can elect to cycle each day, the cycling on this trip can be challenging at times, with the heat and terrain adding to the physical effort.
It is also important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
As a general rule, the more preparation you can do fo... Read more
Joining pointHeianbo Ryokan
Joining point descriptionThis lovely ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn) in Kyoto has a small garden, tatami mat rooms and a shared onsen (bathhouse). It's within easy walking distance of Kyoto station.
Joining point instructionsOn arrival in Kyoto, you need to make you own way to the Heianbo Ryokan - it is an eight-minute walk from the main train station. After you arrive in Kyoto Station, follow signs to the Shinkansen Central Exit. After you exit the Shinkansen (bullet train) area, you need to head to the north side of the station. Look to your right after you exit the Shinkansen Central Exit. You should see escalators... Read more
Finish pointHotel Sunroute Asakusa
Finish point descriptionAsakusa Sunroute Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo. The hotel is within a 1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Tawaramachi Station and Ueno Park is within 30 minutes walk. Rooms are equipped with an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning/heating, a refrigerator and a flat-screen TV. The hotel also offers internet access and laundry service.
Although Tokyo is a big city it is not too diff... Read more
Finish point instructionsThe best way to reach Narita or Haneda airports from Tokyo is via the train. The train to Narita will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes, whereas the train to Haneda will take around 1 hour. Please ask your tour leader or the hotel reception for more information and directions.
Alternate Finish pointFor trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
Alternate Finish point descriptionLocated an 8 minute walk from Ueno Train Station, Hotel Mystays Ueno East offers rooms with satellite TV, private ensuite, air-conditioning and free WiFi. From the hotel you can easily reach Ueno Park and Tokyo National Museum. Inaricho Subway Station is just 3 minutes on foot, and offers direct access to Ginza and Shibuya.
Group leaderAll Intrepid cycling group trips are accompanied by one of our cycling leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other g... Read more
SafetyWe take safety seriously on all our trips, but cycling tours deserve a few special considerations.
Helmets are compulsory and we do not allow anyone to ride without one (including our own staff!). You can bring your own, or purchase one that meets international safety standards on the ground. Your leader can assist with this.
For safety reasons we strongly recommend that you w... Read more
VisasVisas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more
Why we love itCycling allows you to get closer to the real Japan – from bicycles to Pokemon, serene temples to the organised chaos of the big cities, this classic adventure has it all.
Is this trip right for youThis trip covers anywhere between 10 to 80km / 6-50 miles of cycling each day, so a reasonable level of fitness is required, although you’ll have plenty of rest breaks. Outside of the main cities a support vehicle will also be with you at all times, so if you get tired you can jump in.
To complete this trip it is also important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
On th... Read more
HealthAll Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themsel... Read more
Food and dietary requirementsWhile travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.... Read more
Money mattersThe official currency of Japan is Yen (JPY).
Japan is predominantly a cash society and locals carry large amounts of cash for daily business.
International credit cards can usually only be used at major department stores or large restaurants but cash from non-Japanese bank accounts can be withdrawn via the Cirrus and Maestro systems by direct debiting (as well as Mastercard and Visa cash advanc... Read more
What to takePacking for a cycling tour isn’t that different from any other adventure. But if you want to be comfortable and warm, here are a few bike-specific tips.
• Helmet – these are compulsory, but if you don’t have your own you can sometimes purchase an approved and well-fitted one at the start of the trip (our leaders can assist you with this).
There are some destinations where you are unable to pur... Read more
Climate and seasonalPlease be aware that when you are travelling during major national holidays in Japan (late Apr to early May) and peak season in Japan (Apr-May/Sep–Oct), fascinating and exciting times to travel in Japan, your group will almost definitely experience massive crowds at tourist attractions and public transports. It's common for there to be difficulties in securing train tickets at our preferred times,... Read more
A couple of rulesEveryone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.
Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more
FeedbackAfter your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.
Emergency contactWhile we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more
Responsible travelAs part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle.
In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity an... Read more
The Intrepid FoundationHelp us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world.
The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more
Accommodation notesPlease note that during busy times the group may be split between two different accommodations for the 1 night at Wakura Onsen. When this is the case to ensure your comfort and safety the leader will stay with one group and the driver will stay with the other.
All accommodation at traditional Japanese Ryoken has shared bathroom facilities.
Japanese-style inns (ryokans) involve sleeping o... Read more
Transport notesWhile there are occasions we use local public transport such as trains, buses or taxis to cover long distances or attend non-cycling activities we predominantly use the bicycle as our main form of transport. On most of our trips we also have a support vehicle as secondary transport for travelling longer distances, avoiding hazardous areas to cycle, as a backup should we have any incidents and of c... Read more
Travel insuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more
Your fellow travellersAs you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more
Itinerary disclaimerOccasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes th... Read more
AccommodationHotel (4 nights),ryoken (6 nights)