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Join us on our Alps to the Coast - Cycling Tour Japan .

This tour is so much more than just amazing cycling in some of the most beautiful regions of Japan. You will also experience the culture, learn about the history, enjoy the stunning food and meet the wonderful locals along the way.

The scenery is constantly changing as we make our way from the Nagano Prefecture, deep in the Japanese Alps, down to the coastline on the Izu Peninsula. But no trip to Japan is complete without a ride up the famous Mt Fuji. 

Come ride with us on this Intermediate Japan Cycling Tour, Alps to the Coast. We will delve deep into the vibrant Japan culture and tackle some of the best, yet mostly undiscovered cycling in the world. After gathering in Matsumoto, we will spend a few days exploring the ancient castle town and the incredible cycling it offers.

 

The tour then heads to Lake Shirakaba which will immerse the group into the alpine life at more than 1500m above sea level. Next is on toward Fujinomiya, the traditional base of Mt.Fuji. The final few days take us up the majestic mountain at more than 2300m before we head for the coast and the crystal blue waters of the Izu Peninsula. The contrast will amaze, as will the 7 days of cycling that lay ahead as we visit hot springs, ride over majestic mountains, visit ancient temples and taste delicious local produce on our way.

 

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.

 

Intermediate 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.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : September 21, 2024

Matsumoto

31.8km/19.8 miles | 618m/2,027 feet

Welcome to Matsumoto. We will meet at Matsumoto Station around 12PM and get our hotel and bikes sorted before heading out for a short ride to test equipment and to get you familiarized with riding in Japan.

ACCOMMODATION: Richmond Hotel Matsumoto

Day 2

Date : September 22, 2024

Matsumoto

64.1km/39.8 miles | 1,496m/4,908 feet

We will kick off the first serious day of the tour with a great ride around the northern hills of Matsumoto, The course is a little hilly, something you will get used to riding in Japan, but with super smooth, quiet roads, the climbs pass with a smile. We are in for an enjoyable first full day on the bike.

ACCOMMODATION: Richmond Hotel Matsumoto

Day 3

Date : September 23, 2024

Tateshina

70.8km/44 miles | 1,729m/5,672 feet

Don't be fooled by the distance, as there are some real surprises in store for this short, sharp day over up and over the beautiful Venus Line and Kirigame Highland.

Climbing straight out of Matsumoto, the riders face a long climb on the southside of Utsukushshigahara through deep valleys and stunning gorges. With the hard part of the day complete, the riders will be rewarded with stunning views across the Venus Line and even to Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The ride undulates across the beautiful plateau before descending down to the beautiful Lake Shirakaba.

The final climb of the day takes us up to our accommodation for the evening, the spectacular Tateshina Grand Hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Tateshina Grand Hotel

Day 4

Date : September 24, 2024

Fujinomiya

147.9km/91.9 miles | 1,380m/4,528 feet

After a nice short day, today is the longest, but by no means difficult. Rolling out of our hotel, we head off the mountain and begin our journey to Mt. Fuji. The road is smooth and fast until we meet the Fuji River where we make a turn south and follow the river down through the valley. Mt. Fuji on one side and the mighty Minami Alps on the other. Simply amazing riding and after 147km, we arrive at the south western corner of Mt. Fuji in the ancient and important town of Fujinomiya.

ACCOMMODATION: Fujinomiya Fujikyu Hotel

Day 5

Date : September 25, 2024

Fujinomiya

42.2km/26.2 miles | 748m/2,454 feet

After a big day yesterday, today is a semi rest day with a superb ride taking us to the magical Shiraito Falls and Tanuki Lake, two of the most iconic images associated with Mt. Fuji. We head back early after soaking in the views for a chance to visit the Mt. Fuji Heritage Centre, a newly constructed tribute to the famous volcano and of course, a visit to the ancient temples and shrines that Fujinomiya is home to.

ACCOMMODATION: Fujinomiya Fujikyu Hotel

Day 6

Date : September 26, 2024

Hakone

96.7km/60.1 miles | 3,122m/10,242 feet

Today we follow in the footsteps of the ancient monks who used Fujinomiya as their resting place and base for their pilgrimage up to the summit of Mt. Fuji. While not exactly the summit, we will be heading for the end of the road and the lofty 2300m high Mt. Fuji 5th Station. With views to the ocean on a clear day, the climb is a solid beast, but well worth the effort. After climbing the majestic mountain, we head for Hakone and our amazing accommodation where a good onsen will be well appreciated. One day to go!!

ACCOMMODATION: 箱根七福荘

Day 7

Date : September 27, 2024

Izu Peninsula

101km/62.8 miles | 1,430m/4,691 feet

We have come from deep in the alps, crested some of the highest roads in Japan, tackled Mt. Fuji and now we come to the coast. A brilliant ride to finish the day as we head south along the rice fields, cutting in and out of the small villages and there will certainly be some surprises in store along the way.

We meet the coast after passing through ancient Shuzenji and up the final climb of the tour. We hit the coast at the 69km mark and weave in and out of the coves as we head for a stunning lookout point and a chance to dip our feet in the beautiful water. A short ride to our accommodation on the the coast and celebrations in store. Well done on completing the Alps to the Coast Tour!

ACCOMMODATION: Kona Stay Izu Nagaoka

Day 8

Date : September 28, 2024

Depart

After breakfast and checkout, we will assist you in making your way from the hotel to the train station for your onward journey. If you are flying home today you will have plenty of time to make your way back up to Tokyo for any flights after 5pm. What a tour!!

  • Guided Rides
    Two professional Ride Guides
  • Support
    Vehicle support during tour in case of breakdown, with access to spare wheels/bikes/parts.Experienced mechanics will ensure your bike is ready to ride every day*
  • Transport
    All ground transportation during the tour.
  • Meals
    Breakfast and Dinner each day
  • Epic Guided
    8 Days of Epic guided cycling through the Alps to Mt.Fuji.
  • Accommodation
    Twin Share Accommodation in mix of Traditional Japanese and Western style lodgings.
  • High end bike rental available
  • Pessei Kit
    You will receive 1 set of top quality Pessei kit including BIB knicks and jersey valued at $500.
  • 'Real-Time' interactive itinerary
    A free App to download onto your smart phone to have the latest tour itinerary in the palm of your hand.
  • Alcohol
    You are responsible for the cost of any alcohol consumed on tour, unless outlined in the itinerary.
  • Flights
    Airfares to and from Japan.
  • Single Supplement
    A single supplement is available – $800
  • Accommodation before & after
    Any accommodation before or after the tour.
  • Activities
    Activities that are not organised and scheduled by Connect Sport.
  • Bikes & accessories
    Bikes, helmets, shoes, pedals, drink bidons and other cycling equipment. Bike rental - $700
  • Travel Insurance
    Make sure you have adequate Travel Insurance for yourself and your bike.
  • Cleaning and Laundry Services
    Laundry services are available at the hotels.
  • Lunch and Beverages
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Airport Transfers
    Transfers to the start location and finish location back to the airport.
  • Room Service Fees
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