People Cycling Rides

Japan Cycle Pilgrimage 2025 -- Seto Inland Sea & Shikoku.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
Start Location
Onomichi (KIX, Osaka Kansai Int Airport)
End Location
Matsuyama (MYJ)
Cost (est.)
$3700 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1000 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
We Ride Japan
Avg. Distance
35 mi / 56 km
Avg. Elevation
1750 ft / 533 m
Ride Description


In 1968 Clifford l. Graves, the founder of what is today the BAC (Bicycle Adventure Club), wrote of cycling in Matsuyama, Japan, that "now began one of the most delightful travel experiences I have ever had" and Dr. Graves went on, "For anybody who contemplates a bicycle tour of Japan, this is the area to explore." More than fifty years later, Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's major islands, encircled by a 1,200 Km, 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route (henro) honoring the 9th-century monk, Ku Kai, is clearly recognized as the home of Japan's most famous and visually stunning bike route, highlighted by the Shimanami Kaido, crossing six islands and many quaint seaside towns, the famous Kosanji Temple, the feudal Matsuyama Castle, the Dogo Osen, one of Japan's earliest known hot-spring spas, and following the Seto Inland Sea, laced with great hiking trails and white water rapids along with miles of great cycling. Our adventure begins on the afternoon of Thursday March 27th in Onomichi city, gateway to the famous Shimanami Kaido cycling route. We recommend flying into Osaka Kansai International Aiport (KIX) and taking the bullet train to Onomichi (approx. 2.5hours). 
The tour finishes up in Matsuyama city (MYJ) on April 5th. This tour links seamlessly with the People Cycling South Korean 4 Rivers Cycle Ride, beginning on April 6th, with direct flights departing daily from … (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.

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