CycleHosts Japan Tour

Satoko has designed this tour for riders who love cycling in the mountains.  You will be introduced to Japanese culture, historic world heritage sites, traditional foods - all while embracing a challenge of hills and beautiful mountain climbs.

This is not your typical cycling tour.  You will commence at Satoko's home village, ride with like-minded souls, be guided by locals and be encouraged to partake in a style of riding that supports the group.  Our aim is that you leave Japan raving about the life changing ride you undertook...


Your tour package includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation in mix of Western and Japanese hotels
  • 5 days of guided cycling through the Alps
  • Breakfast each day and dinner some days (see details in the itinerary below)
  • Ride snacks each day
  • A support vehicle following the riders each day
  • All luggage tranfers.  Just get on your bike and ride!
  • Three ride Hosts - Two Japanese and 1 Australian:  Satoko, Ben & Derek

Maximum 12 Riders

Tour Dates:  Sunday 30 September to Saturday 6 October  

Start Location:  Toyama

End Location:  Kobuchizawa




 Your ride host Satoko

Your ride host Satoko

 Your ride host Ben

Your ride host Ben

 Your ride host Derek

Your ride host Derek

Day 1 - Arrive

Sunday 30 Sep


  • We meet Toyama - Gateway to the Northern Japan Alps
  • Please take the afternoon to ensure your bike is set up and ready to to roll out on Monday

Hotel:  Comfort Hotel Toyama



Day 2

Monday 1 Oct

Toyama to Shirakawago


Lots of climbing to kick-start your week with approx 2900m elevation.

There are 6 tunnels included in today's ride of approx 1-2km each. The support vehicle will be following the group. Transfer in the support vehicle is possible if you don't wish to ride this section.

Gokayama and Shirakawago UNESCO listed heritage areas with traditional Japanese villages are a highlight today

  • Breakfast and dinner included today
  • Afternoon free in Shirakawago for sightseeing
 Thatched huts in Shirakawago

Thatched huts in Shirakawago

Day 3

Tuesday 2 Oct


Shirakawago to Takayama


A big hill to start the ride then flat-ish for the remainder. 

You will cover approx 1300m elevation in the first half.

 Takayama Old Township

Takayama Old Township

Day 4

Wednesday 3 Oct

Takayama to Norikura

65 km:

Today you are climbing Mt Norikura - the biggest hill possible by bike in Japan. 

Your effort of the total 2800m elevation will be rewarded by breathtaking scenery!

Average grade: 5.3 %
Length: 38.9 km
Altitude start: 625 m
Altitude top: 2710 m
Ascent: 2085 m
Maximum: 10 %

  • Breakfast and dinner included today
  • Afternoon free 
 Mt Norikura

Mt Norikura

Day 5

Thursday 4 Oct

Norikura to Kobuchizawa

Two ride options today depending on how your legs are feeling


Lovely rolling hills today to finish in a summer resort town surrounded by the mountains of Japan's Southern Alps. 

We are very close to the Hakushu Whiskey Distillery which is definitely worth a visit!
Today's ride will include a train trip transfer

  • Breakfast and dinner included today
  • Late afternoon free

Day 6

Friday 5 Oct



Today we will ride the route of the Assos Yatsugatake Grand Fondo

  • Breakfast and celebratory dinner included today
  • Expect to be on the bike most of the day

Day 7 - Depart

Saturday 6 Oct


The tour finishes today with easy access to Kobuchizawa Station.  From here you can can take train to get back to Tokyo (approx. 2 hours).  

There is the option to have your bike shipped to Narita for approx $60 if you are staying on for more sightseeing.

  • Breakfast included today


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