Kamiichi tour experiencing spirits of Japan and Gokayama, famous for its distinctive historic thatched roof homes
The base of this cycling tour is in Kamiichi town, Toyama pref. The town, famous for its effort of green tourism by preserving "nature" and "life" passed down from long time ago, has now grown up as a center for cycling, trekking, and other activities such as experiencing some of the more deeply spiritual Japanese traditions. "Takigyo", an ascetic practice of standing under waterfalls or "Shabutsu", tracing Buddha images are one of those. And, the highlight of the trip is an outing to Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, a World Heritage site featuring village landscapes with distinctive historic thatched roof homes. We"ll also cycle to historical town of Iwase port to visit merchant houses, dated back to some 300 years ago and Japanese rice wine brewery.
VENUE Toyama pref. DATE Sept. 12~15, 2015/ Oct. 22~25, 2015/ May 28~31, 2016 (4 days 3 nights)
Cycle along the Fuji-Five-Lakes with the Japan's highest peak of Mt. Fuji visible just in front of you. This cycling tour begins at Shinjuku station and take a bus to Lake Yamanaka. We will also have a chance to explore primeval forest and caves at Aokigahara Sea of Trees. Enjoy downhill from Motosu-lake to Shimobe Onsen, a cozy old spa town, where we'll visit Kuon temple, which is believed to have been founded by Nichiren in 1274, and is the headquarters of the Nichiren Sect of Buddhism. We"ll stay at Shukubo Temple Lodging and experience true Japanese atmosphere and healthy shojin vegetarian dishes. On the last day of the tour, we"ll visit Yaizu Port to have sushi buffet! Then, we"ll take bullet train to return Tokyo.
VENUE Fuji, Yamanashi pref. to Yaizu, Shizuoka pref. DATE Oct. 17 ~ 20, 2015/ April 2 ~ 5, 2016/ June 4 ~ 7, 2016
Japanese scenic beauty and old-school hospitality,
Shoulder portable shrines up to three stories high at an Ancient Festival, and
Luxuriate in true Japanese style at "Ae no Kaze", a top-tier ryokan inn
VENUE Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa pref. Hokuriku area DATE Sept. 6th ~ 12th, (7 days/6 nights)
Enjoy Japan to the fullest with this tour. We spend 4 days in Kyoto and Nara, where 3 of world heritage sites are located. We'll cycle/walk to cover most of must-see places there. We"ll also enjoy biking around Ise-Shima area, where 2016 summit will take place and pay a visit to the Ise Grand Shuraine, the most sacred shrine in Japan. Another highlight of this tour is "Ninja" experience at Iga, which used to be one of Japan's two leading ninja schools. You'll wear ninja costume and learn how to throw "Shiriken", a traditional Japanese concealed weapon which ninja used during the feudal era.
VENUE Kyoto, Nara, and Mie pref. DATE May 15th - 22nd, 2016 / Nov. 13th - 20th, 2016 (8 days / 7 nights)
This cycling tour begins at Shinjuku station followed by a train trip to Matsumoto. We will have a riders’ meeting there. The second day is full of challenge. We will climb to Mt. Norikura (2,704m/8,871ft.). As you climb up, you will notice deep green forest gradually changes to autumn-colored alpine plants. You will also enjoy 360° breathtaking view of Japan Alps Mountains. Once you are done with the hard hill climbing, it’s time to go downhill to Hirayu hot spa! Relax and recover your body. On the following day, we will travel to Takayama historic town where very old Japanese town is preserved. On the final day of the cycling tour, we will ride from mountainous Takayama to Toyama which faces the Japan Sea.
VENUE Nagano, Gifu, Toyama DATE Sep. 26th - 30th, (5 days/4 nights)
From Kyoto to Kanazawa, via Lake Biwa, Hikone Castle, and the uncanny Tojinbo. And stay at a traditional Ryokan Inn
This tour passes north from Kyoto to scenic Lake Biwa, and on to Kanazawa. We will see the uncanny Tojinbo Cliff natural rock formations and Hikone Castle, a designated National Treasure. Enjoy a stroll in the hot spring spa town of Yamashiro, and stay at a traditional Japanese onsen natural hot spring spa. The tour finishes in the old resort town of Kanazawa, which, like Kyoto, offers many Edo-period architectural highlights to enjoy.
VENUE Kansai, Hokuriku DATE Oct. 4th ~ 9th 2015, May 22nd~27th 2016 (5 nights and 6 days)
This cycling tour begins at Matsumoto Castle. We set out on a comfortable cycling path with the soaring heights of the Japan Alps visible in the distance. On the following day, we head toward the Winter Olympic grounds at Hakuba, and then downhill to the Japan Sea. On the third day of cycling, you will have an opportunity to experience some of the more deeply spiritual Japanese traditions of tracing Buddha images or the ascetic practice of standing under waterfalls. But the real highlight of the trip is the cycling trip to Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, a World Heritage site featuring village landscapes with distinctive historic thatched roof homes.
VENUE Nagano, Toyama, Gifu DATE Oct. 25th ~ 31st, (7 days/6 nights)
Of the five historic roads that radiated from old Edo, or pre-modern Tokyo, our tour follows the Nakasendo, or Kyoto-Edo Highway, which best preserves the relics of the period of Edo. Journey 200 years back in time on a route famed for scenes that inspired countless samurai adventures and Japanese woodblock prints. The highlight of the tour is the Edo-era section of the old road linking the villages of Magome and Tsumago in the Kiso Valley. Visiting these beautifully preserved historic villages and trail is a journey into a bygone age, when the last of the shoguns and samurai still wielded power and swords.
VENUE Chubu DATE Nov. 8th ~ Nov. 15th ( 7 nights and 8 days)
Enjoy 360° autumn-colored mountain on a chartered bus between Matsumoto and Norikura.
VENUE Matsumoto, Nagano pref. DATE Sun, Sep. 27th (one day trip)