10 Aug 2018 in On The Move
Suggested routes, tips and advice. Find out how to tour Japan by bike!
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.
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.
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.