Japan

Cruise the riverside paths fringed with cherry blossoms, or soak those post-ride muscles in an onsen (hot spring). Discover a place where ancient traditions interact with a futuristic world.

 

Japan offers a breathtaking fusion of the traditional and ultramodern. Futuristic cities, inspiring historical sites, picturesque national parks, imperial palaces and an abundance of temples and shrines - there are as many things to see and do in Japan as there are culinary discoveries to be made.

It is a wonderful country to explore by bicycle as cycling is deeply ingrained in the Japanese way of life, so you can expect good cycling infrastructure with courteous drivers and well-maintained roads. 

 

Self-guided Tours in Japan

Self-guided tours in Japan are still in development.

Cycle Ancient Japan
- Kyoto & Surrounds

Our 7 day tour of Kyoto, the spiritual home of Japanese culture and beyond. Discover the ancient capitals of Nara and the mystical mountain of Koya San, home of Shingon Buddhism.

 
 

Learn More About Japan

Browse through our Japan photo gallery or read up on things to
do, travel highlights and other information about this amazing country.

 
 

Quick Facts

 

Currency: Japanese Yen

Population: Approx. 127 million

 

Highest Point: 3,776 m

Land Area: 377,944 km²

 

Capital City: Tokyo

Main Religion: Shinto and Buddhism

 

Time Zone: UTC +9

Language: Japanese

 

Main International Airports:
Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Tokyo Haneda (HND)
Osaka (ITM)
Nagoya (NGO)
Fukuoka (FUK)


Weather and Climate

Coolest: December to February  
Hottest: July to August

Wettest: June to mid July           
Driest: January

Our favourite times: March to May and September to January

Spring
Japan falls predominately in the temperate zone, meaning there are four distinct seasons. Spring in Japan is from March to May. Temperatures are generally warm and there is little rain. This is the best time to catch the blooming cherry blossoms and the associated local festivities. It is also one of the peak tourism seasons in Japan.

Summer
June and July experience the most rain, consequently this is the time when farmers head to the fields to plant rice. The fields then turn a beautiful emerald green as the young rice begins to grow. It is hot and humid throughout the summer, however the rains ease by mid-July. 

Autumn
September through November are cool and breezy. The cooler months are some of our favourite times to ride, as you can cycle without breaking a sweat. This is also Japan's most striking season due to the changing of the foliage. Across the country the hills turn red, orange and yellow from the leaves of the maple and ginkgo trees. 

Winter
Winter in Japan is a great time to cycle, as it's generally dry with little snow. In the northern parts of Japan temperatures can drop quite low, but the south experiences a fairly mild winter. This is our favourite time to take advantage of Japan's famous 'onsen' hot springs.


Japan Highlights

Some of our favourite places visit, things to do and foods to eat..

Tokyo

Japan’s busy capital and the world’s most populous metropolis, Tokyo is a fusion of the ultramodern and the traditional. Bursting with high tech gadgetry like automated toilets, bicycle stations that rise up from the pavement and robots that serve you meals – you’ll also find historic temples, charming public gardens, cobblestone lanes and ornate shrines. With a seemingly unlimited choice of museums, shopping malls, bars, cafes and restaurants to explore, Tokyo is truly an experience worth having. 

Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the principal city of the Chugoku Region of western Honshu - the largest island of Japan. It has emerged from a dark past, being the first city in history to be struck by a nuclear weapon at the end of WWII. The bombing and subsequent radiation poisoning caused widespread destruction and took the lives of over 150,000 civilians. After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city and today the leafy Hiroshima has recovered, becoming a city rich in art, museums and culture with a thriving population. A must-see on any trip to Japan, Hiroshima is both humbling and inspirational.

Kyoto

Japan’s cultural epicentre is chock-full of history and tradition, with serene temples and decorative shrines, imperial palaces and sublime gardens aplenty. About 20% of Japan's National Treasures and 14% of Important Cultural Properties exist in the city, and it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Well known for its traditional festivals, Kyoto is also a hub for Japan’s dynamic modern art scene.                                

Mount Fuji

This active volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and has inspired artists and poets for decades. Commonly referred to as 'Fuji-san', Mount Fuji is the highest point in Japan and in 2013 was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The iconic mountain lies about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, where it can be seen on a clear day. Or the more adventurous travellers can take the gruelling hike up to its summit to peer into the smoky depths of Japan's heart.

Spring Flowers and Fall Colours

No matter when you travel to Japan, you’re guaranteed to see some beautiful flora. Springtime is magical, with Japan's famous cherry blossoms (or 'sakura') appearing across the country. Both locals and tourists alike are all out and about enjoying the views. Autumn in Japan is also stunningly beautiful, as the countryside becomes blanketed in golden and red as the leaves fall. Riding through these landscapes is serene with the cool autumnal air perfect for cycling.