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9 Days 8 Nights
Availability : 24 Sept - 2 Oct, 2020
Takasaki, Gunma
Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
Min Age : 16
Max People : 12
Tour Details
Japan Cycling Tour – Alps Route Japan
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 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
  • High end bike rental available

Maximum 12 persons | Single Supplement $500

Tour Dates

Tues 24 Sept – Wed 2 Oct, 2020 | 8 Days 7 Nights

Start Location

Takasaki, Gunma

End Location

Fujinomiya, Shizuoka

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 2020 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 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

Day 1Arrive Takasaki

Tuesday 24 September
Today’s ride : 3 pm departure | Post travel recovery ride of 22 km – 500m (2hr)

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

We will kick of the tour with an easy afternoon roll around the hills west of Takasaki. A good chance to test the bikes and test the legs still work after the flight. Hope so, you will need them at the best over the next week!

Day 2Takasaki - Kusatsu

Wednesday 25 September
Today’s ride : 9 am departure | 102km – 2400m

Hotel : Traditional Japanese
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overveiw:
The first serious day on the bike, with a hilly course taking the riders deep into the Gunma mountains and the waiting onsen (Hot Spring) town of Kusatsu. A few climbs to keep the legs honest, but spectacular scenery and quiet roads should help take the riders minds off the elevation gain. A top first day.

Day 3Kusatsu - Hakuba

Thursday 26 September
Today’s ride : 8am Departure | 130km – 2600m

Hotel : Western Style Lodge
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
Hopefully the legs got a good soak in the thermal hot springs, as today the riders will tackle the source of the thermals, the mighty Hors Categorie (HC) Mt. Shirane. Climbing straight out the roykan, the next 20km will take the riders up to 2100m as they twist their way up the slopes of the volcano. It will be worth it, and the views and the ensuing 30km descent into the outskirts of Nagano. The day does not end there, after lunch at a 1500year old Buddhist Temple, the riders will head up valley roads toward Hakuba. One last pinch will bring the riders into the Western Alps where the scenery is as incredible as the roads.

Day 4Hakuba return

Friday 27 September
Today’s ride : 9am Departure | 98km – 3200m

Hotel : Western Style Lodge
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
We are in Hakuba for two nights, so today ARJ heads on a loop deep into the mountains. Japan is famous for its super smooth highways, but today we uncover the lesser used roads and trace a course through the hills where cyclists rarely go. Expect some surprises on route and it certainly would not be ARJ without a hills or two.

Day 5Hakuba - Matsumoto

Saturday 28 September
Today’s ride : 7 am departure | 135km – 3600m

Hotel : Western Style Hotel
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
Matsumoto is a ancient castle town and will be our overnight stop, however getting there will not be easy. Another very hilly day as we make our way south. Several short climbs early on to warm up the legs before the final HC climb up to the 2200m Utsukushigahara.

Day 6Matsumoto - Lake Shirakaba

Sunday 29 September
Today’s ride : 8 am departure | 65km – 1800m

Hotel : Japanese Lodge
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
After a few big days, the riders can enjoy a later start and a shorter course. However, do not 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 the 4km / 15% average Route 283 climb, an old favorite of the ARJ course director. There will no doubt be complaints, as not only is it very steep, it is also rough hard pressed concrete, which sort of feels like pave. Fun indeed, but the riders will be rewarded with stunning views across the Venus Line and a fabulous location for the overnight stop at Lake Shirakaba.

Day 7Lake Shirakaba - Fujinomiya

Monday 30 September
Today’s ride : 8 am departure | 151km – 2600m

Hotel : Western Hotel
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
Today the riders head for the location of the final showdown, mighty Mt. Fuji. 150km on the agenda as we descend out of the central alps and down through the valley that separates Yatsugatake to the north and the southern alps to the south. The first 100kms are mostly downhill and undulating, but this is Japan, so a climb is never to far away.The biggest test for the legs will be the Motosu -Michi climb, an 8km climb that takes us up to the level of the Mt. Fuji lakes. The mountain itself reigns supreme as the group rolls along the magical lakes that make this region a treat for the eyes and for cycling.

Day 8Mt. Fuji Finale

Tuesday 1 October
Today’s ride : 7 am departure | 161km – 4500m

Hotel : Western Hotel
Included Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Overview:
The final day of Alps Route Japan is tough. With more than 750km in the legs and 16,000m of climbing, it is time to push the limits and dig deep to get to the end. This course is designed to test, and Alps Route is not the toughest cycling challenge in Japan for no reason. 160km and 4500m of climbing will push body and mind.The challenges that face are the the two climbs up Mt. Fuji. Yes, TWO. After an undulating 60km, the riders will face the first test, the mighty Mt. Fuji Skyline Road. Starting at an elevation of 500m, it is 30km of climbing to the dizzying 5th Station at more than 2300m. Absolutely unrelenting and the legs will certainly feel the work of the previous week.A nice fast decent, brings the riders to what can only be described as torture, the dreaded and infamous Mt. Fuji Azami Line. 12km at an average of 12% gradient. This is where it all matters and the mind needs to be strong. Get to the 2300m top of this and enjoy the feeling of beating Mt. Fuji and Alps Route Japan.We descend off the hill and make the final 30km roll to the accommodation and the awaiting beers and bbq to put an end to sensational week on the bike and in Japan.

Day 9Sayonnara

Wednesday 2 October
Included Meals : Breakfast

After a Sayonara party in Fujinomiya 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 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

High end bike rental 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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