Kyoto to Sea of Japan Bike Tour

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Nestled in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture, the Tango Peninsula reveals itself as a hidden treasure for cyclists. Cycle through Miyama's rural landscapes and explore the historic castle town of Fukuchiyama, discovering the ethereal Takeda Castle Ruins along the way. Immerse yourself in the tranquil Kinosaki Onsen, known for its soothing hot springs, before pedaling along the captivating San'in coast to Taiza Onsen, where sunset hot springs and fresh seafood await. Along the way, charming fishing villages like Ine and Yosano on the Tango Peninsula offer glimpses into traditional Japanese life through unique Funaya boat houses.

Amidst the natural beauty, submerge yourself in Tango's vibrant culture – savoring delicious local seafood, observing ancient crafts, and partaking in traditions that offer a profound connection to Japan's essence. Multiple stays in hot spring resorts provide opportunities to unwind in rejuvenating, mineral-rich waters.

Culminate your cycling odyssey at Amanohashidate, one of Japan's scenic wonders, where the Sea of Japan's deep blue waters create a tranquil setting for reflection.


Kyoto | 17:00hrs






easy to moderate

Avg. dist. cycled


Group size

Min. 4, Max. 12






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Cycle the Stunning Tango Peninsula

The wild Tango Peninsula within Kyoto prefecture is blessed with exceptional natural beauty. Its white sand beaches, rural charm, and forest covered hills making it an excellent place to cycle. When biking in Tango, it is easy to forget to that you're not in a tropical paradise, but rather in Kyoto.


Brief Itinerary

DayPlacecasual Inns or similarMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1KyotoOn-Yado NONOD
DAY 2MiyamaHisayaB65km / 39micycling
DAY 3FukuchiyamaHotel Sunroute FukuchiyamaB70km / 42micycling
DAY 4TakedaTataragi Forest ResortB,D55km / 33micycling
DAY 5Kinosaki OnsenOnishiya SuishoenB65km / 39micycling
DAY 6Taiza OnsenShorenkan YoshinoyaB,D55km / 33micycling
DAY 7AmanohashidateTaikyoroB,D60km / 36micycling
DAY 8DepartureB

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Kyoto

Arrive at the centrally located hotel in Kyoto today. We gather at 5:00 pm in a hotel situated in the heart of Kyoto for a brief introductory meeting. Here, we ensure that your bikes are the perfect fit for you and then enjoy a delightful Japanese welcome dinner.

Kyoto is well-known for its rich array of traditional cultures and activities, which include handicrafts, the tea ceremony, Noh theater, and Kyo-ryori (Kyoto's original cuisine). The city offers numerous opportunities for diverse cultural experiences. To fully immerse yourself in the charm of Kyoto, we strongly recommend arriving a day or two early to explore. Don't miss out on iconic landmarks such as Kiyomizu Temple and Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion).

Getting to Kyoto is convenient, as it's approximately a 1.5-hour express train ride from Osaka's Kansai International Airport or about a 2.5-hour journey by shinkansen from Tokyo.

Meals: D
Accommodation: On-Yado NONO
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Day 2: Miyama

Starting our journey from Kyoto, the historical heart of Japan, we set out on a tranquil cycling adventure along the peaceful backroads that run alongside the Yura River. Along the way, we have the opportunity to observe locals engaging in various traditional activities, such as farming, fishing, thatching, and charcoal production. Our route guides us through scenic mountain roads lined with ancient traditional houses. Our ultimate destination is the charming Miyama village, celebrated for its well-preserved thatched farmhouses.

While Kyoto is renowned for its cherry blossoms, magnificent shrines, temples, and numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, Miyama provides a distinctive and genuine glimpse into rural Japanese life. As we approach the village and conclude this part of our journey, we will come to appreciate the simplicity and beauty that make Miyama a hidden treasure. Upon our arrival in Miyama, we will unwind and refresh our weary bodies at an Onsen.

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 65km / 39mi
Accommodation: Hisaya
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Day 3: Fukuchiyama

This morning, we continue our journey alongside the picturesque Yura River, immersing ourselves in its awe-inspiring landscapes. While navigating the peaceful back roads, we gain a unique insight into the daily lives of the local residents. Along our route, make a stop at the Gunze Museum, which was established in 1896 and is dedicated to showcasing the rich history of the renowned textile company, Gunze. Here, we have the opportunity to explore the world of sericulture and silk production, where we witness an impressive array of machinery and tools used in the silk industry, providing an enlightening and educational experience.

Following the course of the beautiful Yura River, we eventually arrive at our destination for the day, the historic castle town of Fukuchiyama. This town is renowned for Fukuchiyama Castle, built in 1576 by the legendary samurai Akechi Mitsuhide, and is adorned with well-preserved wooden structures. As we stroll through the streets, get ready to be transported back in time, retracing the footsteps of the esteemed Akechi Mitsuhide and immersing ourselves in the rich history of this town.

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
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Day 4: Takeda

Today, we commence a journey through serene mountainous landscapes, allowing us to pause and appreciate the tranquility that envelops us. Along our path, we take a break at a peaceful shrine, offering a sacred haven during our travels.

Continuing on, we pass through Yakuno, a location situated precisely on the Prime Meridian. Yakuno holds unique geological importance as the sole area in Kyoto Prefecture with a volcanic presence, known as Treasure Mountain. This volcano has enriched the soil with fertile volcanic ash, leading to an abundance of highland vegetables and specialty fruits. The region is particularly celebrated for its Yakuno grapes and Mube fruit, thriving thanks to the well-drained soil.

Our day's destination is the charming castle town of Takeda, where echoes of history can be found at every corner. Takeda is most renowned for the "Takeda Castle Ruins," often referred to as the "Castle in the Sky." On days when a sea of clouds envelops the region, the castle appears to hover ethereally above, earning its celestial nickname.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 55km / 33mi
Accommodation: Tataragi Forest Resort
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Day 5: Kinosaki Onsen

Today, pedal along hidden roads and through mountainous terrain, eventually reaching the vibrant historical castle town of Izushi. Flourishing some 200-300 years ago during the Edo period, Izushi is steeped in the stories of a bygone era, just waiting to be shared. As we meander through its streets, the town's culinary heritage comes to life, particularly with its renowned "Izushi-Soba," a unique variation of Japanese buckwheat noodles. With approximately 50 soba shops lining the streets, there's a gastronomic adventure to be had at every corner.

After immersing ourselves in the historical and culinary treasures of Izushi, we'll continue cycling to Kounotori Park. This park is dedicated to the preservation and propagation of the nation's special natural monument, the white stork. It offers an intimate opportunity to observe these elegant birds up close, experiencing the serenity they bring to their surroundings.

As our day's journey comes to a close, we find ourselves in the timeless embrace of Kinosaki Onsen. Marking the midpoint of our tour, this ancient hot spring town, with its 1300-year-old legacy, warmly welcomes tired travelers. Here, embrace the town's traditions – strolling in yukatas, savoring the historic ambiance, and allowing the therapeutic waters to rejuvenate our spirits.

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 65km / 39mi
Accommodation: Onishiya Suishoen
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Day 6: Taiza Onsen

This morning, we set out on a cycling adventure, beginning in the charming town of Kinosaki Onsen and venturing into the mountains before descending towards the Sea of Japan. Our route takes us along the captivating "Isaribi Fishing Fire Line," named after the mesmerizing lights of squid fishing boats that illuminate the waters from June to October. Situated within the San'in Kaigan National Park, this coastline boasts the rugged beauty of rias. As we pedal, we will revel in the awe-inspiring natural scenery of the San'in coast.

Emerging from the pristine beaches of Kumihama, we continue along the shoreline of the Tango Peninsula. The crystal-clear waters here, often referred to as "Tango Blue" due to their distinctive and clear blue hue, are irresistibly inviting. Let's make a stop on the powdery white sands for a tea break, taking in the tranquility of the surroundings.

Our day's journey concludes at the renowned Taiza Onsen, famous for its sunsets over the Sea of Japan. As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with fiery oranges and serene purples, we immerse ourselves in the soothing hot springs. And as the evening unfolds, we treat ourselves to the freshest seafood delicacies, offering a true taste of the region.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 55km / 33mi
Accommodation: Shorenkan Yoshinoya
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Day 7: Amanohashidate

Today, we set out on a cycling adventure along the breathtaking coastline of the Tango Peninsula, with the serene beauty of the Sea of Japan accompanying each pedal of our journey. We take a refreshing tea break along the picturesque shores as we continue our ride. Our path leads us to the charming fishing village of Ine, famous for its unique 'funaya,' or boathouses. These are not your typical floating homes; instead, they are built on stilts above the water. The wooden structures serve as a dock on the ground level, while the upper level is used as a residence. As we cycle past, we will witness over 200 of these iconic structures lining the bay. The timeless routines of Ine's fishermen, who set out daily following the traditions of their ancestors, create a portrait of tradition and resilience.

Our ultimate destination on this journey is the mystical Ama-no-hashidate, aptly named the "Bridge to Heaven." Cycling onto this majestic sandbar in the Tango Peninsula, we will be treated to one of Japan's three most renowned landscapes.

As night falls, we retreat to our tranquil seaside accommodation in Amanohashidate, indulging in the region's delightful cuisine. Our journey reaches its zenith with a celebratory dinner, a moment to raise our glasses to our odyssey through the Samurai lands, reflect on our cherished moments, and value the bonds we have fostered.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Taikyoro
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Day 8: Departure

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Meals: B

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Essential Info



All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.


Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.


A Van support follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.


Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.


Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.


Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.


E-bikes are available (subject to availability) on this trip at a surcharge.


Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.


Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.


Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.

What to Expect

On hotels in Japan:

Most of the hotels in Japan offer a mix of Japanese inns (Ryokans) and Western-style rooms. It is important to note that room assignments are subject to availability and beyond our control.

Japan is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, and two quintessential elements of this heritage are onsen and ryokans. Onsen refers to natural hot springs, which hold cultural, historical, and spiritual significance for the Japanese people. Ryokans, on the other hand, are traditional Japanese inns that offer a unique and immersive experience into the country's customs and way of life. Together, onsen and ryokans provide travelers with an opportunity to indulge in relaxation, rejuvenation, and a deep connection with Japan's past.

The combination of onsen and ryokans creates a unique travel experience that perfectly encapsulates the essence of Japan. Guests at ryokans often have access to private or communal onsen baths, allowing you to soak in the therapeutic waters while enjoying the surrounding natural beauty.

Japanese-style rooms offer a unique local experience and are quite popular. They add a distinctive cultural touch to the tour. In Japan, taking public onsen hot spring in the hotel is so popular, so even nice beautiful hotels most time has rooms only with toilet.

Hence, for hotels lacking en suite bathrooms, guests are expected to utilize the communal bathing facilities. Furthermore, depending on the hotel style, when double rooms are requested, we may only be able to secure twin rooms.


Kyoto has a temperate climate and can be visited all year round.

Best Season: Spring (April to mid-June) and Fall (September to early-November)

The average temperature in spring varies from 10 to 25°C. Late March to early April is the time for plum and cherry blossoms. This is also the time when tourists begin to arrive in Kyoto in large numbers.






























Japan has a liberal visa policy and allows citizens of up to 70 countries/regions visa-free stay for up to 90 days. These include the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, all citizens of the European Union, Israel, and South Africa to name a few. The complete list of visa-exempt countries can be viewed on the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Citizens of other countries may need to apply for a visa to enter Japan. The following documents are needed for a Japan visa:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the applicant’s stay in Japan
  • Entry and departure tickets showing dates of arrival and departure
  • Travel itinerary
  • Passport size photograph

Citizens of a select few countries are eligible to apply for a Japanese eVisa online. The list of countries can be viewed here. Japanese eVisa is only eligible for tourist visas, and for visitors arriving by plane.

Citizens of all other countries must apply for a Japan visa by visiting their nearest Japanese embassy or consulate. More information on how to apply for a Japan tourist visa can be found on the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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