From Sea to Volcano: A Six-Day Cycle Tour

Small Group | Scheduled Tour

Price from

¥220,000

Duration

6 Days | 5 Nights

Level

An epic cycling tour of rural Japan with incredible road cycling. A six-day road cycling tour spanning three of Japan’s four main islands. Experience Japan’s beauty, history and culture as you cross breath-taking bridges, cycle up awesome mountains and a volcano, bathe in historic hot springs, stay in traditional and modern accommodation, and eat outstanding local cuisine. Unforgettable.

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ABOUT THIS TOUR

Venture into the countryside for some of the best road cycling Japan has to offer – dramatic landscapes, epic bridges, challenging roads, beautiful seascapes, great accommodation, and fantastic local cuisine. This is the only cycling tour in Japan that takes you to three of the four main islands, along two of Japan’s most famous roads, from the sea to the bubbling caldera of the largest active volcano in Japan. It’s perfect for those who love cycling and want to experience the incredible range of Japan’s natural beauty. Quite simply, we think it’s the most breath-taking cycle tour in Japan.

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Start of the trip

Onomichi

Day 1

Imabari

Day 2

Matsuyama

Day 3

Misaki

Day 4

Yufuin

Day 5

Aso

Day 6

Aso Hill Climb

  • Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
  • Difficulty: 4/5 – Suitable for people who frequently cycle and who don’t hate hills. We have e-bikes (subject to availability) if you need a helping hand.
  • Price: Enquire
  • Group size: Generally 4-6 guests (contact us for smaller or larger private tours).
  • Mixture of traditional and modern Japanese hotels
  • Bike and helmet rental
  • Cycling guide and support van
  • Five nights at a mixture of traditional and modern Japanese hotels (enquire for prices for single rooms)
  • Dinner (days 1-5) and breakfast (days 2-6)
  • Transport fees while on the tour (e.g. ferry)
  • luggage transfer
  • A water bottle

Prices from ¥220,000. 

 

      • We need a minimum of 4 to run the tour. 
      • We can offer the tour as a private tour to groups (4+). 
      • There is no fee for single travellers. You will share a room with another group member. If you require a single room, there will be an additional supplement.
      • We can provide airport transfers from nearby airports. There may be an additional fee depending on airport and numbers. Get in touch for more information. 
      • We generally like to keep group size under six. Get in touch for larger groups.
      • We can run the tour for smaller groups who want a private tour. Please enquire for prices.
  1. After reading the Terms & Conditions, click the Enquire about this Tour button and submit the form.
  2. We will get back to you to confirm details. We will then send you a booking form.
  3. Once you’ve sent this back to us, we’ll arrange for payment of your deposit, which is 10% of the trip price. We accept credit cards and wire transfer.
  4. Full payment is due 21 days prior to the first day of the trip.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: The Shimanami Kaido

65 kms | Rolling hills | Next to the sea | Lunch & Dinner | Western

Meet at Onomichi train station and ride out on the Shimanami Kaido. Cross 6 islands and stay in a hotel overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. Onomichi is accessible by bullet train and close to Hiroshima Airport (click here to learn about cheap internal flights). Contact us if you require pick up. We can also organise accommodation in Onomichi the night before the tour if needed.

Day 2: Matsuyama

55 kms | Mostly flat | Next to the sea with hill climb options | Breakfast & Lunch | Western

Dogo Onsen at nightCycle along the beautiful coast, past beaches and temples, to the city of Matsuyama, the most lively city on Shikoku. Stay in the historic Dogo hot spring area, with the oldest hot spring in Japan. There are opportunities for night tours of the Dogo area, sake tasting, visiting Matsuyama castle, or having dinner with a local family.

Day 3: Epic coastline

85 kms | Rolling hills | Next to the sea  | Lunch & Dinner | Japanese

Optional morning visit to Matsuyama castle. Cycle along the epic coastline of western Shikoku, with incredible beaches and small towns. Journey along the brilliant melody line towards the western-most point of Shikoku.  Approximately 85kms of cycling.

Day 4: Yufuin

65 kms | Flat then climbing   | Ferry/Into the mountains| Breakfast & Lunch | Japanese

Start the day by taking a quick ferry ride to Kyushu, the western island. Then we cycle to the historic city of Beppu. From there we climb over Mt. Yufu (one of our favourite climbs) and stay in the hot spring town of Yufuin. Approximately 65kms of cycling.

Day 5: The Yamanami Highway

80 kms | Climbing | Into the mountains | Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner | Western

Cycle along the stunning Yamanami Highway, through the breath-taking Aso Kuju National Park. Stay in the town of Aso. Approximately 80kms with views to remember and fabulous ice cream!

Day 6: Aso

21 kms | Climbing |  Into the mountains  | Breakfast & Lunch| Final day

Cycle to the top of Mt Aso and walk to the Caldera (weather permitting). Cycle to the train station or take the support van to an airport. Please get in touch for details of airport transfers. Approximately 21 kms to the top.

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