Cycle touring in Japan: the essentials

10 Aug 2018 in On The Move

Suggested routes, tips and advice. Find out how to tour Japan by bike!

There are many reasons to tour Japan by bike. It’s a great way to see the country, and, outside the cities, there are plenty of quiet roads. Japanese motorists are generally very respectful of cyclists.


And as a bonus, you’ll get to soak your hard-worked muscles in a hot spring bath every night!

When to go?

It depends where you’re cycling. Hokkaido and the north are no-go areas in winter, but the Hokkaido summer is perfect bike weather: warm but with little rain.


In the south, spring and autumn are the prime seasons.

Where to go?

If climbing is your thing, head to Nagano Prefecture.


Looking for a cultural route? Cycle between Nara and Kyoto, home to HOSHINOYA Kyoto.


Northern Honshu offers a varied landscape of orchards, rivers and rice fields.

And thanks to cycle paths such as the 30-mile Okawa-Kitakata Cycling Road, the terrain is often less challenging.

How about a long-distance ride from Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko to Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru in the north?

Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko


Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru


South-west of Tokyo, the Hakone region is cycling-friendly, famed for its hot springs and views of Mt. Fuji.


Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone makes a great base for your cycling trips.

Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone


Practical tips

Japan is a mountainous country, so make sure you come with low gearing! It’s also advisable to equip your bike with lights, as tunnels are a regular feature.


Finally, note that trains will accept bikes if the frame and wheels are separated and packed in a rinko bike bag, available at most bike shops in Japan.



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