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Welcome to Japan! Your trip starts in Kyoto, where you'll meet your guides at 10:00 AM at Hotel Granvia. We'll board a one-hour shuttle to Uji, one of the oldest cities in the country, located on the banks of the Uji-gawa River and famous for matcha green tea production. Then we'll prepare for our first ride of the trip. Your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bike, including an informal fit session along with safety talks and expectations for the week. We'll enjoy a bite for lunch and finish with a matcha ice cream before we roll out. This first ride winds its way on beautiful roads through lush forest and rolling hills polka-dotted with tea terraces. We'll stop for a sip of a tea in Wazuka, a small town in the countryside famous for tea fields and many tea farms. Our destination is Nara, which will also be our home for next two nights. Don’t be surprised if you see deer roaming through the town, as they are practically domesticated and a common sight in Nara deer park. This evening we'll gather for a social hour and conclude with a Japanese traditional dinner at a local restaurant.
Uji to Nara
Approximately 25 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Good morning in Nara! This vibrant city was once the first permanent capital of Japan and to this day remains an important historical and cultural center for the country, with eight temples and a former palace of the empire. Today it's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is truly one-of-a-kind. After a traditional Japanese breakfast of miso soup, rice, and grilled fish, we'll warm up our legs with the first climb of the day. We'll then descend on quiet, pleasant backroads through the countryside. We'll stop for a break at a small, local café for a cup of tea and Zenzai—a traditional Japanese sweet soup that consists of boiled azuki beans (red beans) and served with mochi (rice cake). On the way back we'll spot a few temples nestled throughout the rolling farmland. We'll return to our hotel with plenty of time to explore the historical center of Nara and taste sake at a local market before we head to our sushi making class where we'll roll traditional sushi then enjoy the delicious results!
Approximately 42 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
This morning we say goodbye to the town of Nara and its green tea backdrop to continue south on small roads surrounded by local farms, rice fields and tumulus. We will first make our way to Sakurai and Asuka, where we'll visit the oldest official temple in Japan with the oldest statue of Buddha as its signature symbol. We'll have a light lunch and treat ourselves to a favorite ice cream shop. Our ride then continues, and the hills start to increase until we arrive at the foot of Mt. Yoshino–our home for the next two nights. Mt. Yoshino is truly majestic, set high on a ridge with a collection of temples as its crown. We'll stay in a ryokan well-known for its beautiful 300-year old traditional Japanese garden, where you can relax or walk on trails against the backdrop of Kinpusenji Temple, the main temple of Mt. Yoshino. Or just put on your yukata and walk into one of the large indoor/outdoor public baths (Onsen) to soak your legs and relax. Tonight we'll dine together and enjoy a traditional multi-course meal featuring local fresh ingredients such as Yoshino arrowroots from the mountains and Japanese trout from the Yoshino river.
Nara to Yoshino
Approximately 47 miles with 6,200 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Good morning! Enjoy a Japanese breakfast in your cotton yukata against a mountain backdrop. Today we discover more of this gorgeous landscape, starting with a descent from Yoshino toward Mitarai Valley. We'll stop at a market on the way for a friendly visit with the locals and a sample of delicacies, including fried shiitake (Japanese mushroom) or freshly made mochi. Then we'll explore the village of Dorogawa, famous for its hot natural springs and well-preserved ancient architecture, and stroll around town where you can snap a picture on a typical red-painted bridge. We'll gather at a hidden restaurant of the region to learn all about soba (buckwheat) and practice our chopsticks skills. Then, we head back to Yoshino on winding forest roads for a little rest and relaxation. Dip your feet in the Onsen or stroll through the vibrant town. If you make it out, don’t miss a chance to visit the main temple flanked by an endless grove of cherry trees. We'll regroup for our dinner together at our ryokan.
Yoshino to Dorogawa
Approximately 50 miles with 7,500 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
After another leisurely, delicious Japanese breakfast, it's time to hop on the bike and head down the mountain. The first section of our ride is flat, along the Yoshino river leading into the town of Hashimoto. Here is a good opportunity to grab a snack and coffee at one of their ubiquitous convenience stores or at local café at Red Iron Bridge. After fueling up, we'll start the climb to Koyasan on a picturesque road through the forest. You can re-charge on a small downhill before climbing to the top of the sacred mountain where the views will be well worth the effort. Mt. Koya is the holiest mountain in Japan and it's where you can spend the night in a ‘shukubo’, or temple pilgrim lodging. This is our chance to discover Buddhist living at its most authentic. We'll be hosted by monks and served a traditional vegetarian dinner, or shōjin ryōri. The highlight of the evening is a walk through Okunoin, the largest cemetery in Japan, tucked away in a forest of ancient cedar trees and warmly lit by thousands of stone lanterns for a truly spiritual atmosphere.
Yoshino to Koyasan
Approximately 37 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Dinner
Rise early today for a stroll through this picture-perfect town just as it's waking, or join choral chanting monks for their morning ceremony. Then, return to a sit down breakfast served in your room. After your meal, take the time to visit the bright orange 150-foot tall Konpon Daito Pagoda and surrounding memorial grounds, or relax in the temple’s Onsen before it's time hop back on our bikes. The road to descend from the mountain is butter-smooth and much wider than you'd expect. At the bottom, we'll board a scenic shuttle back to Kyoto, where our luxury, western-style hotel nestled at the edge of a bamboo forest awaits. Tonight at social hour, we'll toast to a week of new experiences, discovering a new culture and meeting new friends. Dinner will be an elegant celebration with a river view.
Downhill from Koyasan back to the valley
Approximately 25 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Enjoy a slow breakfast and final relaxing morning. We'll say our goodbyes over a final cup of Japanese tea before you depart on your next adventure.
Enjoy a relaxing morning
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
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We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.
We recommend you fly into Kansai International Airport. There are various ways to get from Kansai Airport Station to Kyoto Station, but the easiest and fastest option is taking "terminal-to-terminal" Haruka Express Train, operated by JR West and takes approximately 80 minutes. There are about 30 round trips between Kansai Airport and Kyoto. You can use the JR West Timetable and Fare Finder on www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/timetable/ to find a train time that suits your schedule. Please contact a Trip Consultant if you need assistance with flights or trains.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 10:00 AM at Hotel Granvia. We'll board a one hour shuttle to Uji, one of the oldest cities in Japan, located on the banks of the Uji-gawa River and famous for matcha green tea production. Here, we'll prepare for our first ride of the trip. Your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bike, including an informal fit session along with safety talks and expectations for the week. If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Noborioji Hotel (+81 0120 995 546) and leave a message with your expected arrivalView our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Suiran hotel in Kyoto. The hotel is very close to the town center and walkable to all the famous sights in the area. If you fly out of the Kansai Internatiol Airport, please do not schedule departing trains or flights prior to 5:00 PM.View our post hotel recommendations
Spring and autumn have mild temperatures and little rainfall, hence it is the best time for bike trips in Japan. However, it can be a sunny and bright one day and occasionally cold and wet the next, so please make sure to bring layers and rain gear to ensure a comfortable riding experience. Temperatures can vary between 60s in the morning and 80s in the afternoon. Packing List
Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It remains the cultural center of Japan and is also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining which consists of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district. You'll also see the iconic golden temple of Kinkakuji, encircled by a reflecting pool and beautifully manicured gardens. Despite its well-preserved heritage, Kyoto effortlessly embraces the future, with modern buildings, a high concentration of universities and a thriving technology industry. It’s Japan's cultural treasure house. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel.
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