RideJapan prides itself on local knowledge and a comprehensive knowledge of the best areas and roads to ride. This IP is held close and forms the routes that are the core feature of a successful cycle tour and we make the effort to weave together enjoyable cycle routes with favorite destinations. As much as we can, we ride point-to-point and make sure we avoid the worst traffic. We linger in the worthwhile places and always take the scenic route. We design all our own itineraries, carefully researching each new route. We constantly review our tours to ensure that we offer the optimum experience and this is why RideJapan is the leading cycle tour operator in Japan.
All cyclists need a good sense of balance and we try to strike the right one between price and service for our tours. We provide the very best services and accommodation for our clients without being overly exclusive or expensive. Our tours are fully supported with vehicles, well-trained staff and a full range of top-end equipment. We take very good care of our clients.
Our staff to client ratio is generally one to three. We do not make you fix your own flat tires or clean your own bikes and we certainly don’t assign chores. We provide more comfortable services and accommodation than most operations, but at a similar price.
Our service begins long before the tour departs. To help you make your decision, we provide you with a detailed interactive real-time itinerary so that you always have the latest and up to date information. As our clients usually come from many different directions at different times, our tours have a designated starting point so do not always include pick up at the airport. (Though we are happy to arrange transfers if you need one).
Some of longer tours include products from our partners and usually have a Santini kit available (either included or for purchase) along with discounted Scicon cycle travel products and top class Schwalbe tyres. Of course if your tour has BMC bike rental included, as a experienced bike-fit specialist, RIdeJapan makes sure you are super comfortable on your new bike.
You will meet your highly experienced cycle guides plus our staff and assistants who are responsible for taking care of you, your bike and to ensure that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy a trouble-free journey with no worries about logistics or timetables.
The tour price includes all accommodation, all meals apart from lunch and beverages; and maybe a dinner or two in big cities, so you can make some of your own culinary discoveries. Our support vehicles carry your luggage and provide a place for you to rest if you get tired. During the rides, we keep you topped up with water, fruit, soft drinks and snacks and we make sure you get a nice cold drink – and usually a cold towel as well – at the end of each ride and if desired a massage from our amazing masseuse who join us on the longer tours.
Most meals are included and since so many meals we serve feature local cuisines, we do our best to deliver the real thing. We eat dinner together family style, which means sharing a number of delicious dishes, making sure it is an authentic feast worthy of hardworking and hungry cyclists. We strive to offer a good mix of accommodation on all of our tours, always aiming for local charm. Depending on the tour, we stay at three- or four-star lodges that compliment the local culture, and sometimes logistics forces us to become creative.
Who am I riding with?
Statistically speaking, an average RideJapan Tour consists of 12 clients, 2 tour leaders, one driver soignuer/masseuse and a driver/photographer. The group of 12 will be comprised of a few different nationalities (Most often Australian and US), speak at least two languages, contain slightly more males than females and have an average age of 42.
Of the 12, two will return the following year to take another RideJapan tour, five will join another RideJapan tour within three years and nine will at least contact us to show an interest in joining another tour. We sometimes wonder what happens to the other one!
All 12 will contact each other at least once after the tour. Around half will remain in contact, many will become good friends, and on more than one occasion we have been invited to a wedding!
Our exceptionally good rate of return clients tells us we must be doing something right. It also tells us something about the people who join our tours. RideJapan cyclists are fun and part of the attraction of our tours is meeting like-minded people with a passion for traveling by bicycle.
Solo travelers are always welcome and those who would like their own room have the option of paying a single supplement. Otherwise we will arrange for a shared room with another solo traveler (of the same sex) at no extra cost. If there is no roommate available, RideJapan will cover the additional cost of a single room.