26 May – 2 June 2019
Join us on our Alps to the Coast Japan Cycling Tour. It is an Intermediate tour that starts deep in the alpine city of Matsumoto, Nagano and finishes on the stunning coastline of the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka. This tour takes us on a magical journey, over high mountain passes, roads and town lost to time, across the breathtaking Venus Line before heading for Mt. Fuji and the Izu Peninsula. Everyday the scenery, along with accommodation and food change as we head west.
Average distance is about 100km per day with approximately 1400m of climbing. Our Intermediate ours aim to strike a balance between time on and off the bike, but it is still designed challenge and a reasonable level of bike handling ability is required. Contact us for more information on joining this tour.
Welcome to Matsumoto. We will meet at Matsumoto Station around 12PM and get our hotel and bikes sorted before heading out for a short ride to test equipment and to get you familiarized with riding in Japan.
40 km | 300 m
We will kick of first serious day of the tour with a great ride around the northern hills of Matsumoto, The course is a little hilly, something you will get used to riding in Japan, but with super smooth, quiet roads, the climbs pass with a smile and we are in for what will be an enjoyable first day on the bike.
72 km | 2000 m
After a few big days, the riders can enjoy a later start and a shorter course. However, do not be fooled by the distance, as there are some real surprises in store for this short, sharp day over up and over the beautiful Venus Line and Kirigame Highland.
Climbing straight out of Matsumoto, the riders face a long climb on the southside of Utsukushshigahara through deep valleys and stunning gorges. With the hard part of the day complete, the riders will be rewarded with stunning views across the Venus Line and even to Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The ride undulates across the beautiful plateau and a fabulous location for the overnight stop at Lake Shirakaba.
55 km | 1700 m
After a nice short day, today is the longest, but by no means difficult. Rolling out of our lakeside lodge, we head off the mountain and begin our journey to Mt. Fuji. The road is smooth and fast until we meet the Fuji River where we make a turn south and follow the river down through the valley. Mt. Fuji on one side and the mighty Minami Alps on the other. Simply amazing riding and after 150km, we arrive at the south western corner of Mt. Fuji in the ancient and important town of Fujinomiya.
154 km | 1500 m
After a big day yesterday, today is a semi rest day with a superb ride taking us to the magical Shiraito Falls and Tanuki Lake, two of the most iconic images associated with Mt. Fuji. We head back early after soaking in the views for a chance to visit the Mt. Fuji Heritage Centre, a newly constructed tribute to the famous volcano and of course, a visit to the ancient temples and shrines that Fujinomiya is home to.
40 km | 600 m
Today we follow in footsteps of the ancient monks who used Fujinomiya as the resting place and base for their pilgrimage up to the summit of Mt. Fuji. While not exactly the summit, we will be heading for the end of road and the lofty 2300m high Mt. Fuji 5th Station. With views to the ocean on a clear day, the climb is a solid beast, but well worth the effort. After climbing the majestic mountain, we head for Gotemba and our amazing accommodation where a good onsen will be well appreciated. One day to go!!
82 km | 2300 m
We have come from deep in the alps, crested some of the highest roads in Japan, tackled Mt. Fuji and now we come to the coast. A brilliant ride to finish the day as we head south along the rice fields, cutting in and out of the small villages and there will certainly be some surprises in store along the way. We meet the coast after passing through ancient Shuzenji and up the final climb of the tour. We hit the coast at the 60km mark and weave in and out of the coves as we head for a stunning lookout point and a chance to dip our feet in the beautiful water. A short ride to our accommodation on the the coast and celebrations in store. Well done on completing the Alps to the Coast Tour!
90 km | 1600 m
Time to pack up and head back to Tokyo. What a tour!!