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9 Days 8 Nights
Availability : 13-21 September, 2018
Takasaki, Gunma
Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi
Min Age : 16
Max People : 12
Tour Details
Alps Route Japan Cycling Tour
7 EPIC DAYS | 7 HC MOUNTAINS | 900KM | 19000M

Alps Route Japan is a tribute to the mountains of Japan. Covering the high alpine passes, from Gunma to Nagano, and through the Southern Alps to finish on the slopes of Mt. Fuji. If you love riding high on some of the best roads in the world, you will love Alps Route Japan.

Everyday is different except that every day is the same as we challenge the best mountains of Japan. Iconic climbs, such as the beast named Norikura; more than 2700m up in the clouds, or the might of Mt. Fuji on the final day, not once, but twice. We designed Alps Route Japan to push the limits and now in its fourth year. 900km, 19000m of climbing stand between you and the satisfaction of completing a hard week on the bike. Japan is known for its warrior Samurai, do you have what takes to finish Alps Route Japan.

Some of the most amazing roads in the world, with a dash of gravel…

It’s not all pain and punishment and we want you to experience the best of Japanese hospitality, so accommodation is a perfect mix of Alpine Lodges, Traditional Ryokans and Hotels. Everyday is different, and every town is unique. Our goal is to amaze you with Japan off the bike as much as on.

​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.

Are you up for the challenge?

​The Alps Route Japan Cycling Tour is an Advanced Tour and requires a high level of fitness and bike handling skill. However, with the full support of a great team, professional guides and the best support you can get all you have to do is the riding, we take care of the rest.

Contact us today for more information on whats required to take on Alps Route Japan as well as single supplement details.

 Package includes:

  • 8 Nights Accommodation in mix of Western and Japanese accommodations.
  • Breakfast and Dinner each day (See itinerary for more specifics)
  • Vehicle support during tour in case of breakdown, with access to spare wheels/bikes/parts.
  • 7 Days of Epic guided cycling through the Alps to Mt.Fuji. (Multiple courses available)
  • Twin Share Accommodation   
  • Two professional Ride Guides
  • Access to a mechanic and spares
  • BMC Road Bike Rental optional

Maximum 12 persons | Single Supplement available

Tour Dates

Thur 13 – Fri 21 September, 2018 | 8Days 7Nights

Start Location

Takasaki, Gunma

End Location

Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi

Total Distance

900 km

Total Climbing

19,000m

Tour Type

Advanced

Accommodation Type

Traditional Japanese, Modern Japanese & Western Style.

What to Expect

Join us on the 2018 Alps Route Japan. This Advanced Japan Cycling Tour is set to test with 7 Hors Categorie climbs in 7 days, not to mention the other categorized climbs, your legs will certainly be feeling it as you a push body and bike up the final ascent of Mt. Fuji, the famed Azami Line (12km @ 12%).

Average distance is about 120km per day with approximately 2000m of climbing. Our Advanced Tours aim to push fitness and bike handling ability, so high level cycling skills are a must. However, all that being said, we still strike the balance with time off the bike, and all the towns we visit have something to explore.

Contact us for more information on joining this tour.

  • Average daily distance between100-160km
  • Average daily climbing of 2000m
  • Amazing climbs including the 2703 Mt Norikura and the Azami Line of Mt. Fuji.
  • Incredible support from highly experienced guides and crew.
  • The best courses through the best locations.
  • Taste and experience the wonderful Japanese culture.
Itinerary
Map

Day 1Arrive Takasaki

Thursday September 13
Today’s ride : 3 pm departure | Post travel recovery ride of 50 km (2hr)

Hotel : Western Style (T.B.C)
Included Meals : Dinner

We meet in Tokyo at 10am. We will transport your bike bags out to Takasaki in our team van while we head out on the train together to the Gunma mountains and our starting point. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon exploring the town or perhaps get a few cheeky kilometers in the legs.

Day 2Takasaki - Kusatsu

Friday September 14
Today’s ride : 9 am departure | 113km – 2300m

Hotel : Traditional Japanese
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overveiw:
A solid day awaits with two categorized climbs as we head up and down the valleys of the beautiful Agatsuma area of Gunma. Roads vary from stunning mountain highways to narrow tracks deep through the back-roads.

Course:

Day 3Kusatsu - Hakuba

Saturday September 15
Today’s ride : 8am Departure | 130km – 2800m

Hotel : Western Style Lodge
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
Leaving the heady aromas of the hot spring town behind, the group will battle their first HC climb, the stunning Mt. Shirane. Besides the views, the reward for the efforts is the descent, where 35km of down await as we make our way for Hakuba.

Course:

Day 4Hakuba - Norikura

Sunday September 16
Today’s ride : 9am Departure | 110km – 1700m

Hotel : Western Style Lodge
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
Norikura, the highest road awaits, but first the riders must get to the base. Today is a fast, relatively flat day before we tackle the small climb deep in the valley to take us to the base. Hot Springs are abundant and provide a chance to rest the legs before tacking on Norikura the following day.

Course:

Day 5Norikura - Matsumoto

Monday September 17
Today’s ride : 7 am departure | 140km – 3000m

Hotel : Western Style Hotel
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
2703m is our target as we climb direct out of our lodge. 22km of spectacular mountain road await on what will be a very memorable day on the bike. Two course options today as we battle the roads of Norikura and head for the castle town of Matsumoto.

Course:

Day 6Matsumoto - Yatsugatake

Tuesday September 18
Today’s ride : 8 am departure | 100km – 2900m

Hotel : Japanese Lodge
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
Heading up over the Hors Categorie Utsukushigahara, the riders will traverse the gravel summit at more than 2200m up before making the descent on one of the most amazing engineering feats, the Venus Line. A tough day of undulation before making the final climb to our stunning lodge for a well earned rest.

Course:

Day 7Yatsugatake - Mt. Fuji

Wednesday September 19
Today’s ride : 8 am departure | 145km – 1800m

Hotel : Western Hotel
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
A relatively flat day awaits the riders as we roll down the valley toward Mt.Fuji. Rice fields abundant before making the climb up toward Lake Motosu and the fast roads around the lakes toward our accommodation in Kawaguchiko.

Course:

Day 8Mt. Fuji Finale

Thursday September 20
Today’s ride : 7 am departure | 166km – 4000m

Hotel : Western Hotel
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
It would not be Alps Route Japan without one final challenge; and what a challenge it is. Riders will tackle the mighty beast that is Mt.Fuji not once, but twice as we circumnavigate the mountain. Both the Skyline and Azami (in that order) will need to be completed in order to make your mark on the hallowed list of finishers of this epic week on the bike.

Course:

Day 9Sayonnara

Friday September 21
Included Meals : Breakfast

After a Sayonara party in Lake Kawaguchiko the previous night it is time to say goodbye. We will help you with transfers to Tokyo from Mt.Fuji area and help with any onward hotel bookings or further travels in Japan.

What's Included

Accommodation

Twin Share accommodation in mix of Traditional Japanese and Western style lodgings.

Transport

All transport from your designated pick up and drop off points.
All ground transportation during the tour.

Support

Support vehicle and mechanical breakdown support on each ride*
Experienced mechanics will ensure your bike is ready to ride every day*

Meals

All breakfast and dinner during the tour. See itinerary for more specifics.

Santini Kit

You will receive 1 set of top quality Santini kit including BIB knicks and jersey valued at $300.

SciCon Team Kit Day Bag

The SciCon Team Kit Bag used by all the pro teams will be supplied with your name printed on it to make accessing your day bag supplies even easier! Valued at $185
!

Bike Rental

BMC Team Machine SLR rental bikes available, contact us if your require more details.
Professional Bike-Fit and set-up included.

What's Not Included

Flights

Airfares to and from Japan

Transfers to the Start Location

Transportation to the pickup/drop off locations

Accommodation

Accommodation before and after the tour

Activities

Activities that are not organised and scheduled by RideJapan

Equipment

Bikes Helmets and other cycling equipment. See Essentials page for comprehensive list.

Travel Insurance

Make sure you have adequate Travel Insurance for yourself and your bike.

Cleaning and Laundry Services

Laundry services are available at certain locations during the tour

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