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Cycle Japan

Japan - Trip code CJA Cycling
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Days 13
Deposit From CHF 588
Price from CHF 5882
Flights not included

Why book this trip?

From ancient Kyoto we ride along quiet roads on the Noto Peninsula into the highlands around Shirakawa-go historic village, taking us firmly off the beaten track. Along the way we will see one of the finest Japanese gardens in Kanazawa, stay in ryokan and enjoy varied mountain scenery and coastal paths. Bullet train to Tokyo where we end our journey.

  • Noto Peninsula - Uninterrupted scenic ride for 8 days
  • Delicious local food - Included traditional Japanese cuisine with locally sourced ingredients
  • Kyoto and Tokyo - Experience the ancient and modern capitals
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 12

    Dinner: 7

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide


  • Transport




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    1 nights simple guesthouse

    9 nights comfortable hotel

    1 nights simple ryokan

    1 nights comfortable ryokan

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    Cycling grade:


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    Group Size:

    10 - 16


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join tour in historic Kyoto

This incredible journey begins in the old Imperial capital of Kyoto, regarded by many as the country's loveliest city. Lying at the heart of Japanese culture and influence for over 1,000 years, Kyoto sat at the centre of events that helped to shape the destiny and history of this most fascinating of cultures. One of the only major cities to survive the extensive bombing of WWII, Kyoto can boast more than 2000 temples and shrines, many set in manicured landscaped gardens, making this captivating city the cradle of all things uniquely Japanese.

Our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Kyoto at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you will need to arrive into Kansai International Airport (KIX) which is approximately 2 hours away, or Osaka International Airport (ITM) which takes around an hour. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, we recommend visiting one of Kyoto's many Unesco World Heritage Sites. The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) is perhaps the most spectacular but you will have to battle the crowds to get that perfect photo. If you prefer somewhere a bit less known and with fewer fellow travellers we would recommend Toji Temple with its towering pagoda and great gardens. For impressive buildings, Nishi-Honganji Temple is hard to beat and its convenient location puts it within easy walking distance from our hotel. Slightly further afield, but still an easy train ride away, is the Arashiyama district. Here you can enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, a punt on the river, great food, beautiful gardens and even hike up to see wild monkeys. Trains leave regularly from Kyoto train station.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Dinner

Day 2 - Kyoto sightseeing by bike. Including Ginkaku-ji and along The Philosopher's Path to the Nanzen-ji temple complex

This incredible city can boast no fewer than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites including 13 temples, three Shinto shrines and a 17th century castle. We will pick up our bikes and set out cycling to the Heian Jingu Shrine, before taking in the scenic Philosopher's Path, Eikando Temple and and the 15th Century Ginkaku-ji Temple. After lunch we will cycle south along the Kamo river to Tofukuji Temple's rock gardens and the 1001 statues of Kannon Bodhisattva (the goddess of mercy) located at the Sanjusangendo temple on the eastern edge of the city. This evening is free. Please note that there is no vehicle support for today's ride and we will be using simple local style bikes.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 17 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 60 metres).


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Morning train to Kanazawa. Bike tour of Kenroku-en Garden and the old teahouse district

This morning we travel by train (2hrs+) to Kanazawa, a city that once rivalled Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) in cultural importance. Once home to the powerful Maeda Clan, today it serves as the capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture and boasts the stunning setting of the Kenrokuen Gardens, considered to be one of Japan's most beautiful landscape gardens. This afternoon we will pick up our bikes and meet our guide, before heading off to visit the gardens. Taking nearly two centuries to complete and translating from their original Japanese as the 'Garden of the Six Sublimities', Kenrouken was begun by the Maedas in 1632 and covers over 11 hectares of land on the outskirts of Kanazawa Castle.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 8 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 60 metres), no support vehicle today.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Cycling around the beautiful Noto Peninsula including the Chirihama Beach Road

Our main bags will be sent on to Wakura Onsen today as, over the next four days we make do with smaller bags as we cycle north, following the coast on to the Noto Peninsula. The smaller bags are still transported in the support van, leaving you free to enjoy the rides. Our destination today is Chirihama Beach in Hakui, lying to the north of Kahoku. The eight kilometre beach is famous for its unique tightly compacted sand which, at a quarter of the size of normal sand, makes it firm enough to actually cycle on.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 60 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 220 metres).


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Cycle the coastal road to Wajima, stopping off at the Sojijiso-in temple

Keeping the Sea of Japan on our left we continue following the coast north today, heading for the city of Wajima in the northern half of the Noto Peninsula. One of the most scenic coastal landscapes in Japan, the Noto Peninsula extends into the Sea of Japan for some 100 kilometres, providing us with a beautifully secluded journey north. We travel by way of the Ganmon National Park and stop off to visit the Sojiji Temple and Gardens, once one of the most important Zen Buddhist temples in Japan. Founded in 1321, it was the head temple of the Soto sect, before a great fire in 1898 saw its functions transferred to a sister temple in Yokohama.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 66 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 680 metres).


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Explore Wajima Market. Continue along the stunning coastal road to Suzu

This morning we pay a visit to Wajima's famous Morning Market, one of the city's most famous attractions. Believed to date back over 1,000 years, it brings together vendors selling all manner of goods, from fresh fish and produce, to handicrafts and lacquerware, Wajima's most celebrated export. Renowned throughout Japan, Wajima lacquerware is famed for its durability, with each piece requiring the skills of several craftsmen and dozens of processes. Following our visit we then continue on our journey, heading towards the northeastern tip of the peninsula and the waters of Iida Bay. Tonight we sleep in a traditional Japanese ryokan guesthouse.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 47 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 690 metres).


Grade: Simple Ryokan

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 - Cycle to Noto Ushitsu as we head down the eastern side of the peninsula

We complete our ride around the Noto Peninsula today as we follow its eastern edge towards the town of Noto Ushitsu. The very remoteness of this landscape has been one of its most enduring features for centuries and much of this stunning peninsula has been granted a Quasi-National Park status. Tonight we sleep in a hotel in traditional Japanese style rooms.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 49 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 690 metres).


Grade: Simple Guesthouse

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 - Cycle to Wakura Onsen where ancient, healing hot baths await our arrival

The waters of Nanao Bay and the famous hot springs of Wakura Onsen beckon today. One of the oldest resort towns in Japan, legend has it that these hot springs were discovered over 1,200 years ago, when a local fisherman found a white heron curing its wounds in the steaming waters. Today its healing waters are said to cure everything from muscle aches and stiff joints, to chronic skin disease and frail children! The town is also famed for its seafood, with a number of its traditional inns serving up a mouthwatering choice of oysters, crabs, deep-water shrimps and abalones. The perfect cure for body and soul after our four days of cycling. Tonight we sleep in a traditional Japanese ryokan guesthouse with en suite facilities.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 71 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 870 metres).


Grade: Comfortable Ryokan

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - We begin our journey inland as we head up to Shokawa Onsen

This morning our journey turns inland as we leave Ishikawa Prefecture for neighbouring Toyama. As before, our large bags go on ahead and we will be using small bags for the next two nights, carried with us in our support vehicle. Our ride today includes the biggest hill of our entire trip, but also takes in a rural landscape of rice paddies and mountain peaks, finishing at the mountain village of Shogawa Onsen. 'Onsens' are dotted all across rural Japan, hot springs that were traditionally used as public bathing places, they make the most of Japan's active volcanic landscapes. There is a distinct etiquette to bathing, with cleanliness and social niceties being observed by participants, whilst rowdiness and tattoos are particularly frowned upon (tattoos in Japan have long been associated with criminal Yakuza gangs).

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 71 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 860 metres).


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 - Our cycle journey concludes at beautiful Shirakawa-go, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses

Today we head into the remote countryside of the Shogawa River Valley, where we will find a number of beautifully preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses. With their steep thatched roofs, constructed to resemble the praying hands of Buddhist monks, some of these houses are over 250 years old. Developed over many generations and designed to withstand the heavy falls of snow that regularly envelope the region in winter, these roofs are constructed without nails and the large attics were traditionally used to cultivate silkworms. We plan to visit one of the traditional farmhouses. Our final destination today is the historic village of Shirakawa-go which, along with neighbouring Gokayama, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please note that we will be cycling through several tunnels today.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 57 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 820 metres).


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11 - Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo

Leaving Shirakawa-go and our bikes behind we travel first by bus (1hr30) back to Kanazawa. It is from here that we take the iconic Shinkansen bullet train (2hrs30) to Japan's capital city, Tokyo. Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, home to more than 26 million people including the Japanese imperial family. The city holds a lot of history as well as modern shopping centres and the neon illuminated signs it's famous for. Half of the city was rebuilt after being destroyed in the war but there are still many historic temples and gardens that remain and await exploration. On arrival to Tokyo we have the chance to explore this fascinating city.

No cycling today.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 12 - Enjoy Tokyo from our base in the historic Asakusa district a stone's throw from Sensoji temple

Today is left free for you to explore, wander and shop at leisure or take an optional guided tour of Tokyo. Your Tour Leader will be on hand to assist and give guidance today. A typical itinerary would be to visit the Asakusa Sensoji-temple followed by a river cruise to the the Hama-rikyu gardens, Meiji shrine and finally the Shinjuku Government Building for great views over Tokyo. It is also possible to rent a bike locally and explore - your Tour Leader will be able to provide details.

Optional cycling today.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 13 - Tour ends Tokyo

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Tokyo.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Haneda Airport (HND) or Narita Airport (NRT). The city centre is around an hour away from Haneda Airport and an hour and a half from Narita.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information



Japan's climate is mostly temperate, with five distinct seasons. Summer is from June to September with temperatures reaching 30°c, although it can vary from warm to very hot. after mid-July. July and August can be humid. Spring and Autumn are mild throughout Japan. Winter, October to April, is cold with snowfall. The main rainy season is June. Japan can be prone to short, tropical cyclones in August to October. October / November although cooler is a great time to see the Autumn colours. For trips that visit the Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Onsen, you're very likely to see them all year around, aside from in October/November when there is enough food in the forest to prevent them coming down to the baths. You may still see some at this time but not in the numbers found during the rest of the year.

Time difference to GMT



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Buddhism, Christian and Shinto



Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.

Kyoto - Boat trip on Hozu River GBP 30
Takaoka - Walking tour to Takaoka Buddha statue & Zuiryoji temple (500 Yen entrance fee)
Tokyo - City tour including Asakusa Sensoji-temple, River cruise, Hama-rikyu gardens, Meiji shrine and Shinjuku Government Building (view of Tokyo) GBP 15


When cycling: quick drying cycle tops, padded cycle shorts, lightweight wind and water proof jacket and warmer breathable layers where local conditions require.
General: Pack essentially for hot or mild weather depending on the time of the year. Please note that each accommodation provides yukatas (pyjamas), soap, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, towels and tooth brushes.


If you are not bringing cycle shoes then try to bring stiff-soled shoes as these are better for cycling - transmitting your energy into the pedals more efficiently. This becomes more relevant and recommended the more demanding the grade and distances to cover.
Comfortable shoes, trainers, sandals or flip flops are useful when not on the bike.



Luggage: On tour

We recommend you bring a daypack (big enough to carry what you need for a few days) and one main piece of luggage (total allowance: 44lb/20kg) which will be transported between hotels while you cycle. There are a few days on the tour when you will not have your main luggage so will need to pack the day bag with your essentials. For the nights where you are separated from your main piece of luggage please note that each accommodation provides clients with yukatas (pyjamas), soap, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, towels and tooth brushes. In fact these amenities are provided for all nights on the tour in each accommodation.

Japan's rail network has a policy that requires passengers with oversized baggage to reserve a specific seat in an oversized baggage area. This relates to baggage with overall dimensions of over 160cm (taken by adding the height+width+depth measurements). These overall dimensions are around the same for which oversized baggage fees are charged on international airlines, so it's unlikely that you will be bringing a suitcase of this size. However, it is worth checking the dimensions and then repacking with a smaller case if necessary. Due to the complexities of booking these seats, if you arrive with an oversized bag, our team in Japan will ship the luggage from one place to the next from the beginning to the end of the tour, at an additional cost.


On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. It is a legal requirement in Japan to wear a helmet that meets current safety criteria. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn.

Cycle glasses to protect against dust, pollen and the sun, padded cycle gloves and a water bottle or water delivery system (e.g. camelback or platypus) are also useful. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. If a handle bar bag or pannier is not provided (check bike details) then you may like to bring a small rucksack to wear while cycling. Other items to consider bringing are a sunhat and sun cream, torch, earplugs and insect repellent. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage.


Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.
Local crew
Tipping is a not a part of everyday life in Japan and is therefore entirely voluntary. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly you should allow £5 per person


Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch price
Dinner price
Beer price
Water price
£1.00 - 2.00
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Recommended Currency For Exchange
It is preferable to take money in Yen or traveller's cheques.
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
All post offices have international ATMs. Some other ATMs do not accept Western bank/credit cards. Your tour leader will advise you locally.
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants and stores.
Travellers Cheques
It should be noted that outside of the major cities it is difficult to change traveller's cheques. Where available it takes 30-45 minutes, the best places to exchange them is at the airport on arrival.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Bicycle, Train

Accommodation notes

Comfortable - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service. The accommodation we use on this tour doesn't have bars, gardens or swimming pools. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

Simple - In the more rural and traditional places we stay in Japanese style accommodation (1 night simple, 1 night comfortable) where you will be in twin share rooms with traditional tatami-mat (woven soft 'igusa' straw) flooring and sleeping on futons. Generally the rooms are simply decorated with a low 'kotatsu' table to sit around, a scroll or picture in an alcove and a Japanese tea set. The two futons are just brought out at night. Shoes are taken off in the entrance way to the room. We refer to these as Japanese guesthouses. The simple grade accommodation has shared toilets and traditional same sex communal baths that people take turns using. The comfortable grade accommodation has a private bath or shower attached to each guest room.

Arrival and departure information

Arrival transfers - this will be on the regular shuttle bus and stops will be made at other hotels en route. You will be met in the arrivals hall. Look out for a sign with your name, it will not be Explore branded.
Departure transfers - the Tour Leader will show you to the bus stop and you will ride on the same shuttle bus to the airport.

Private transfers in the days before the tour starts and after it ends will be in a private vehicle. Look out for an Expore sign with your name.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

The current requirements to enter Japan as a tourist are:

1. Traveller resides in a blue status country and has only been in a blue status country in the 14 days preceding entry to Japan (see blue status countries here https://www.mhlw.go.jptf/covid-19/border_category.html )
2. A valid ERFS Certificate (Entrants and Returnees Follow-up System), provided to Explore by the Japanese booking agent
3. A visa issued from a Japanese Embassy or Consulate
4. A Negative PCR test result within 72 hours of flight departure to Japan, with result certificate in format prescribed by Japan

Explore will provide the EFRS Certificate that you will require. In order to process this we need you to send the following data emailed to visaauths@explore.co.uk no later than 8 weeks before departureto Explore at time of booking:

A clear copy of the details page of your passport
Full name as per passport
Date of Birth
Passport number
Expected date of entry to Japan

Our partner in Japan will enter this information into the ERFS system, administered by the Japanese Health Ministry. This will produce a CCR = Certificate for Completion of Registration. This procedure should only take a few days and once received we will send you your copy of the ERFS CCR Certificate.

You then need to submit your visa application at an appointment in person. In the UK, there are two Japanese diplomatic missions that accept visa applications:
\\bullet Embassy of Japan in London
\\bullet Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh
An appointment is necessary; this can be obtained online on the Embassy's website and may be booked up to 3 weeks in advance. There is a cost for the visa of around £20.

For London see https://www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_enimplification_sightseeing.html

For Edinburgh see https://www.edinburgh.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/files/100351724.pdf

Necessary documents for visa application:
1. Valid passport
2. Passport sized photograph
3. Visa application form
4. ERFS Certificate for Completion of Registration

After a few business days, the passport with newly issued visa can be retrieved from the Embassy. This can be retrieved by a courier, please enquire directly with the Embassy for details. Once issued the visa is valid for travel in Japan for 90 days.

We advise starting this process 8 weeks before departure in case demand increases and delays the process.

All passports must have a minimum validity of 6 months and at least 1 blank/unused page at time of travel. Any visa related questions should be raised with the relevant Embassy prior to departure. Please ensure that all details required are completed accurately, neatly and clearly as the Japanese requirements are stringent and any errors, mistakes or missing information will create delays and problems and most likely require you to restart the process.

Each passenger must undergo a PCR test 72 hours or less before flight departure. The facility performing the test must provide a test result certificate that contains the details prescribed by the Japanese government. See: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html Please discuss this with the company carrying out the PCR test before booking your test. The details required are:
Name as per passport
Date of birth
Date of issue of covid result
How the sample was collected - Nasopharyngeal Swab. Nasal Swab. Saliva. Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal Swabs. NB Nasal swab is not allowed with antigen test
Testing method used - NAAT: PCR, LAMP, TMA, TRC, Smart Amp, NEAR, Next generation sequence. OR Quantitative antigen test (CLEIA/ECLIA). NB A qualitative antigen test is not allowed
Result - Negative or Positive
Specimen Collections Date and Time
Any relevant remarks
Name of Medical Institution

UK health provider 'DAM Health', which has locations all over the UK, is known to provide the results in the correct Japanese format to customers travelling to Japan. https://dam-health.com/

Finally, to save time and smooth your arrival at the airport in Japan, it is strongly recommended that each traveller complete the 'Fast Track' procedure on the MySOSmobile phone app, by uploading their negative PCR test result certificate before departure. See: https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/

Please also see the following link for how to register on MySOS system and add your details. https://teachme.jp/111284/manuals/17089694/

Please note that these details were accurate as of 14th June 2022 and while they can change at any time, we will try to keep this up to date.

For more information, this is the official FAQ regarding the requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 


Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here


It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.


Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.



Nothing compulsory. We recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, infectious hepatitis and polio. The use or possession of Vicks inhalers and some other common prescription and over-the-counter medicines (e.g. for allergies and sinus problems or even certain mild painkillers, such as those containing certain levels of codeine) are banned under Japan's strictly enforced anti-stimulant drugs law. Customs officials may not be sympathetic if you claim ignorance about these medicines. If in any doubt about customs procedures for such items, you should check with the nearest Japanese Embassy before visiting Japan. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Cycling information
General cycling information
On this tour we cycle 446 km over nine days (an average of 50 km per day). We travel mainly on quiet country roads and along some cycle paths (10%). The terrain is relatively flat on the Noto Peninsula and becomes hillier on the inland section to Shirakawa-go. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour, except for the city bike tours in Kanazawa and Kyoto. We have graded the route as moderate.
Bike included
24 gear Japanese brand hybrid bikes. Simple local bike in Kyoto.

Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday. You will be required to pay a refundable deposit upon collection of the e-bike in country. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.

Bike information
Your included bike is a 24 gear Japanese brand hybrid and will be the correct frame size for your height. A simple local style bike is provided in Kyoto. A water bottle holder is included as well as the facility to fit your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them. Your luggage is transported between accommodation while you enjoy the cycling. We provide spare parts and take care of the day to day maintenance. All you need to bring is your own helmet.

Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.
Cycling grade
Additional Information

Why book this trip

Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.

Dates, prices and booking

📢 Prices may change - book now and today's trip price is guaranteed in our price promise
Sun 9 Apr 2023 - Fri 21 Apr 2023 Guaranteed departure
CHF 6065
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+CHF 288

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
Sun 14 May 2023 - Fri 26 May 2023
CHF 6065
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+CHF 288

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
Sun 15 Oct 2023 - Fri 27 Oct 2023
CHF 5882
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+CHF 288

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
Sun 5 Nov 2023 - Fri 17 Nov 2023
CHF 6065
was Save
+CHF 288

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCDO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Carbon neutral flights – Gold Standard offsetting included
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee


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