People Cycling Rides

Japan In The Spring - Kyoto, Nara, Noto Peninsula.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Carol Feagles
Tour Dates
Start Location
End Location
Cost (est.)
$5950 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1785 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Spice Roads
Avg. Distance
40 mi / 64 km
Avg. Elevation
1950 ft / 594 m
Ride Description

Get ready to experience authentic and historic Japan on this 13-day cycling tour of the Kansai region. Visit Kyoto's must-see sites, while exploring the hidden gems in the surrounding countryside. Enjoy meals of traditional Japanese cuisine, including its world famous green tea. At night, rest your body in the hot springs at an authentic ryokan. Escape to the tranquil countryside for fantastic cycling. This guided cycle tour in Japan is perfect for first time visitors and Japan frequent travelers alike!

The adventure begins in historic Kyoto, pedaling back in time as we explore the city's most valuable cultural heritage. Cycle through backstreets and into the Kyoto countryside, dotted with hidden temples and Shinto shrines in the mountains, and pass by the odd waterfall and hot spring! Spend the night at UNESCO World Heritage sight, Enryakuji temple, accessible only by cable car. Take part in the morning ceremonies before cycling into Uji- Kyoto's picturesque tea country.

Visit quaint Nara, sometimes called "mini Kyoto," but home to its own collection of fascinating historical landmarks and architecture- not to mention home to a city-roaming population of white-tailed deer! But it's not all temples, castles, and shrines- get a chance to explore Japan's culinary culture as well. Try your hand at sushi making, experience a traditional tea ceremony with leaves picked fresh from the fields, and even visit sake and whisky disti… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a recently launched cycling club, which you can join for free, and is led by volunteer ride leaders. We will be offering tours in the United States and overseas. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 20-30 or so) who want to ride 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

People Cycling tours are operated at cost or at lower cost (as negotiated by our ride leaders) than individuals can obtain on commercial tours. Within the cost of a tour, there is a nominal fee to support club operations and provide tools to ride leaders to manage their rides.

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