26 Aug – 2 Sep 2018 (Sold-Out)
2-9 September 2018(Sold-Out)
23-30 September 2018 (Sold-Out)
Takasaki, Gunma , Japan
Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Come ride with us in September 2018 on this Intermediate Japan Cycling Tour. We will delve deep into the vibrant Japan culture and tackle some of the best, yet mostly undiscovered cycling in the world. This tour will amaze, both on and off the bike, as the next 7 days of adventure take us to hot springs, we ride over majestic mountains, visit ancient temples and taste delicious local produce on our way to Matsumoto.
This Japan Cycling Tour comes loaded with breathtaking scenery, challenging riding and plenty of off-bike experiences to enjoy as well, the stage is set for a uniquely rewarding cycling holiday – one you and your legs will remember for a long time to come.
The Japan Cycling Expereince tours strike the perfect balance for those that enjoy a decent ride each day, yet want have some time to absorb the wonderful culture and scenery. You do the riding, we take care of the rest and this Japan Cycling Tour includes your meals and accommodation, the best support crew and guides and they are all of the highest quality.
Contact us today for tour options and single supplements.
We will kick of the tour with an easy afternoon roll around the hills west of Takasaki. A good chance to test the bikes and test the legs still work after the flight. Hope so, you will need them at the best over the next week!
22 km | 500 m
The first serious day on the bike, with a hilly course taking the rouleurs deep into the Gunma mountains and the waiting onsen (Hot Spring) town of Kusatsu. A few climbs to keep the legs honest, but spectacular scenery and quiet roads should help take the riders minds off the elevation gain.
86 km | 2400 m
Hopefully the legs got a good soak in the thermal hot springs, as today we tackle the source of the thermals, the mighty Mt. Shirane. Climbing straight out the roykan, the next 20km will take the riders up to 2100m as they twist their way up the slopes of the volcano. It will be worth it, and the views and the ensuing 30km descent into the outskirts of Nagano. We end the day at a 1500year old Buddhist Temple deep in the heart of Nagano.
75 km | 1650 m
Today we head for Hakuba, the famous ski resort town of the central alps. It will be base for two nights, so a chance to relax and soak in the lovely location. The course to get there is a little hilly, but with a visit to Togakushi Shrine and the small, quite roads synonymous of the region it will be an enjoyable day on the bike.
62 km | 2000 m
Hakuba is a famous ski village and was home to 1998 Winter Olympics. A few of the venues are still in use and the ski jump is a quite awe inspiring. They jump all year and often we can watch the daredevils defying gravity. Plenty to see on a ride around the Hakuba as we cruise around the valley roads.
42 km | 1000 m
Today’s ride takes us on a scenic route to Matsumoto, our final destination. We visit majestic mountain lakes and traverse small, quiet mountain road before the meeting the mighty Chikuma river for some nice flat roads. Two short climbs and the end of the course to keep the legs honest before we descend into the famous castle town and our luxurious hotel.
78 km | 1800 m
Our final day on the bike and we will finish with a great course. Today we do a large loop of the beautiful valley and farming lands that make Matsumoto and the alpine area so amazing. We climb out of the city to the north and enjoy super smooth country roads that take us to the river that winds its way down the valley. Azumino is famous for numerous fruits and vegetables and the stunning course we take is aptly called the ‘Salad Road’. This weaves its way through orchards and vegetable patches as we head south to Shiorjiri before meeting up on the eastern side of the valley and the road back to Matsumoto. A great day to finish and we can all enjoy a Sayonnara party to cap off a great week on the bike.
94 km | 1600 m