This itinerary starts from the city of Kyoto and visits the cities of Uji, Nara, Koyasan and Hashimoto before returning to Kyoto. This region boasts the oldest civilizations in Japan and like most of this country, is filled with temples, castles, sake breweries and superb restaurants. Oh, and the cycling is very good as we explore quiet roads through magnificent scenery.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
  • Hotel properties unique and distinctive including traditional ryokans
  • A ride you will never forget: each of the rides will be memorable through lush valleys and along the coast on quiet roads
  • Food that is superb – if you’ve never been to Japan, you are in for an experience like no other
  • Cannondale Quick model hybrid bikes (our fleet)
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises



Kyoto, Japan

Day 1


Nara, Japan

Day 2 + 3


Yoshino, Nara, Japan

Day 4 + 5


Koyasan, Koya, Wakayama, Japan

Day 6


Hashimoto, Wakayama, Japan

Day 7

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?


Services of Great Explorations guide(s)
Support vehicle
7 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including van support
All baggage transportation
Welcome and final night wine receptions
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

Not Included

Bike rental




Available as a private trip to book


Available as a private trip to book

Call or email for details.


4-16 participants


8 days / 7 nights




Moderate +
40-70 km daily
Van Supported


Rolling with some short steep climbs


Land Cost:
US $4,250* (pp based on DBL)

Single Supplement:
US $1,065

*Supplement if less than 8 pax:
4-5 pax: US $800 pp.
6-7 pax: US $400 pp.

Bike Rental:
Cannondale Quick model Hybrid- US $280
E-bike (Giant Escape RX-E+) rentals available on request– US$560

Race bikes available on request– US$560

Optional Pre-trip Extension in Tokyo:
US $595 pp 2D/2N – includes 1/2 day with local guide
Single Supplement: $150

US $795 pp 3D/3N – includes 1/2 day walking tour with local guide and 1/2 day cycling or 1/2 day walking tour on 2nd day
Single Supplement: $200

Optional Post-trip Extension in Kyoto:
US $595 pp 2D/2N – includes 1/2 day with local guide
Single Supplement: $150

US $795 pp 3D/3N – includes 1/2 day walking tour with local guide and 1/2 day cycling or 1/2 day walking tour on 2nd day
Single Supplement: $200

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247

We will meet in Kyoto in the afternoon of Day 1.


Day 1

Welcome to Kyoto

Arrive to Kyoto and meet up at 4pm for a guided walking tour before dinner. You may wish to do the Kyoto Extension we offer before or after the cycling trip (or some of each). Either way, we will provide you lots of recommendations on what to see and do in this UNESCO World Heritage city and iconic place.


Day 2

Uji to Nara

Our trip starts with a transfer to Uji, known for its shrines and temples. Tjigami Shrine is said to be the oldest in Japan. Uji is also known as a producer of green tea. After an orientation, we’ll ride south out of Uji to Wazuka, also famous for tea production. We’ll reach Nara in the afternoon which is the capital of Nara Prefecture. The city has temples and art from the 8th century, when it was Japan’s capital. We’ll visit the Shinto shrine, Kasuga Taisha, which dates to 768 A.D. and more than 3,000 lanterns. Dinner will be at a traditional restaurant in town. Ride Distance: up to 42 km; 720 m.


Day 3

Nara Loop

We’ll enjoy a loop ride from Nara on quiet roads through the countryside passing Nunome Lake and a number of small villages, shrines and places of interest. Back in Nara, we’ll enjoy a local sake maker’s tour and tasting before dinner. Ride Distance: up to 48 km; 1,180 m gain.


Day 4

Nara to Yoshino

Today we will ride south to Yoshino, known for the thousands of cherry trees that blossom in the spring. The mountain is home to the Yoshimizu Shrine with its collection of ceramics, paintings, and armor. The region is renowned for its natural hot springs. Ride Distance: up to 53 km; 930 m gain.


Day 5

Yoshino – Shimoichi Loop

We start the day descending to the Yoshino River and then following the river east and around Lake Tsuburo. Walk across a delightful suspension bridge and savour the peace and tranquility of this place. We will enjoy lunch in Yoshino and then make our way back to our pleasant lodge.


Day 6

Yoshino to Koyasan

We start the day with a descent and ride to the village of Hashimoto before continuing on towards Mt Koya, the holiest mountain in Japan. We’ll spend the night in a temple pilgrim lodge and learn about Buddhism. Ride Distance: up to 57 km; 1,620 m.


Day 7

Koyasan to Hashimoto

Leaving Koyasan, we descend to the valley and make our way back to Hashimoto, from where we will transfer back to Kyoto. For our final night celebrations, we will walk through the samurai district and enjoy dinner at an acclaimed restaurant. Ride Distance: 51 km; 740 m.


Day 8

Departure Day

Depart at your leisure or continue with Kyoto Extension.

Hotel Dhawa Yura, Kyoto

Set in the lively entertainment and shopping district of Sanjo, this upscale 4-star hotel is a minute's walk from Sanjo train station and features hardwood floors, and a chic restaurant.

Nara Hotel, Nara

Overlooking Nara Park, this historic 4-star hotel has suites with living rooms, and some feature high wood ceilings, bamboo blinds, fireplaces and garden views.

Yoshinoso Yukawaya, Yoshino

Occupying a traditional wood building, this historic inn is a few minutes' walk from the Zaō-Hall of Kimpusen-ji, a renowned temple.

Sekisho-in, Koyasan

Stay in an authentic Buddhist temple at Koya Mountain. This temple boasts a vast garden and takes advantage of its proximity to Okunoin Temple and boasts a tea ceremony room in this setting.