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8 Days | 26 September 2021
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THE ENCHANTED JOURNEY Stunning locations

This tour takes riders on a special journey where we start deep in the alps and make our way slowly down to Mt. Fuji and on to the breathtakingly beautiful Izu Peninsula where we literally touch the ocean.
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The Alps to Coast tour takes riders on a special journey where we start deep in the alps and make our way slowly down to Mt. Fuji and on to the breathtakingly beautiful Izu Peninsula where we literally touch the ocean.

What's included

Fujinomiya , Gotemba , Izu Peninsula , Lake Shirakaba , Matsumoto Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Matsumoto, Nagano
Return Location
Izu Nagaoka, Shizuoka
Additional Information
Tour Level: 6/10 Total Distance: 600km Total Climbing: 10000m
Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Accommodation twin share room
  • Cycle Friendly Accommodation
  • Mechanical Support
  • Professionally guided tour
Price does not include
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Increases in airfares or Government imposed taxes
  • Medical insurance and emergency insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Visa arrangements
Additional Prices
SIngle Supplement: $500 Bike Rental: $400

Japan is blessed with an amazing array of scenery, and all within a short ride you can be on top of the highest mountain pass at more than 2700m to enjoying the beautiful ocean. This tour takes riders on a special journey where we start deep in the alps and make our way slowly down to Mt. Fuji and on to the breathtakingly beautiful Izu Peninsula where we literally touch the ocean. This is an intermediate level tour that starts deep in the alpine city of Matsumoto, Nagano and finishes on the stunning coastline of the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka.

This tour is a magical journey, as we explore the stunning backroads of the alpine city, visit its famous castle, before we head up and across the breathtaking Venus Line, stopping at beautiful Lake Shirakaba, more than 1600m up in the clouds. We then head south east, heading for Mt. Fuji and Fujinomiya, where we visit stunning waterfalls and delve into the traditional pilgrimage home to Mt. Fuji and of course, ride our way to the dizzying heights of the 5th Station. Our final leg takes us to Gotemba and the Izu Peninsula, where we finally meet the coast. Everyday the scenery, along with accommodation and food change as we head toward our goal.

Average distance is about 90km per day with approximately 1400m of climbing. Our Intermediate ours aim to strike a balance between time on and off the bike, but it is still designed challenge and a reasonable level of bike handling ability is required. Contact us for more information on joining this tour

  • Day 1
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  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
Day 1

Matsumoto (40km/400m)

Welcome to Matsumoto. We will meet at Matsumoto Station around 12PM and get our hotel and bikes sorted before heading out for a short ride to test equipment and to get you familiarized with riding in Japan.


Day 2

Matsumoto (70km/1700m)

We will kick of first serious day of the tour with a great ride around the northern hills of Matsumoto, The course is a little hilly, something you will get used to riding in Japan, but with super smooth, quiet roads, the climbs pass with a smile and we are in for what will be an enjoyable first day on the bike.

Day 3

Matsumoto - Lake Shirakaba (65km/1700m)

Today we head for the hills do not be fooled by the distance, as there are some real surprises in store for this short, sharp day over up and over the beautiful Venus Line and Kirigame Highland.

Climbing straight out of Matsumoto, the riders face a long climb on the southside of Utsukushshigahara through deep valleys and stunning gorges. With the hard part of the day complete, the riders will be rewarded with stunning views across the Venus Line and even to Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The ride undulates across the beautiful plateau and a fabulous location for the overnight stop at Lake Shirakaba.

Day 4

Lake Shirakaba - Fujinomiya (152km/1500m)

After a nice short day, today is the longest, but by no means difficult. Rolling out of our lakeside lodge, we head off the mountain and begin our journey to Mt. Fuji. The road is smooth and fast until we meet the Fuji River where we make a turn south and follow the river down through the valley. Mt. Fuji on one side and the mighty Minami Alps on the other. Simply amazing riding and after 150km, we arrive at the south western corner of Mt. Fuji in the ancient and important town of Fujinomiya.

Day 5

Fujinomiya (35km/500m)

After a big day yesterday, today is a semi rest day with a superb ride taking us to the magical Shiraito Falls and Tanuki Lake, two of the most iconic images associated with Mt. Fuji. We head back early after soaking in the views for a chance to visit the Mt. Fuji Heritage Centre, a newly constructed tribute to the famous volcano and of course, a visit to the ancient temples and shrines that Fujinomiya is home to.

Day 6

Fujinomiya - Gotemba (82km/2300m)

Today we follow in footsteps of the ancient monks who used Fujinomiya as the resting place and base for their pilgrimage up to the summit of Mt. Fuji. While not exactly the summit, we will be heading for the end of road and the lofty 2300m high Mt. Fuji 5th Station. With views to the ocean on a clear day, the climb is a solid beast, but well worth the effort. After climbing the majestic mountain, we head for Gotemba and our amazing accommodation where a good onsen will be well appreciated. One day to go!!

Day 7

Gotemba - Izu Peninsula (90km/1300m)

We have come from deep in the alps, crested some of the highest roads in Japan, tackled Mt. Fuji and now we come to the coast. A brilliant ride to finish the day as we head south along the rice fields, cutting in and out of the small villages and there will certainly be some surprises in store along the way. We meet the coast after passing through ancient Shuzenji and up the final climb of the tour. We hit the coast at the 60km mark and weave in and out of the coves as we head for a stunning lookout point and a chance to dip our feet in the beautiful water. A short ride to our accommodation on the the coast and celebrations in store. Well done on completing the Alps to Coast Tour!

Day 8

Deaprt Izu Peninsula

More about Fujinomiya Discover Fujinomiya

Fujinomiya (富士宮) is a city in Shizuoka Prefecture on the southwestern slopes of Mount Fuji. The city grew up around Fujinomiya Sengen Shrine, the most prominent and important shrine in the region, which is also the traditional starting point of the approach up the mountain. Many visitors still start the climb from Fujinomiya via the Fujinomiya 5th Station, as it is the shortest and one of the most popular routes up the mountain. Fujinomiya is also home to the Shiraito Falls, one of Japan's most beautiful waterfalls. The falls can be found in the outskirts of the city along the way to the Fuji Five Lakes region on the northern side of the mountain.

More about Gotemba Discover Gotemba

Gotemba was the location of the earliest known settlement founded in the region of Shizuoka which dates back 2,000 years ago. The inhabitants of the area (including Gotemba) were not ethnically Japanese and were likely Ainu. Gotemba was the site of a shōen belonging to Ise Shrine in the Heian period. During the Edo period the area was part of Odawara Domain. After the start of the Meiji period, it became part of Shizuoka Domain until the abolition of the han system in 1871 and the establishment of Shizuoka Prefecture. The opening of Gotemba Station on what was then the Tōkaidō Main Line on February 1, 1889, spurred development of the area. With the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889, Gotemba Town was created within Suntō District, along with Fujioka Village, Harasato Village, Ino Village, Tamaho Village, and Takane Village. However, the opening of the Tanna Tunnel on December 1, 1934, resulted in the route of Tōkaidō Main Line shifting south to Atami, leaving Gotemba on the spur Gotemba Line, which resulted in temporary depopulation. During the pre-war era, Gotemba was a major base area for the Imperial Japanese Army, and still houses military facilities and a large training area (the East Fuji Maneuver Area) for the modern Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and the United States Marine Corps. Gotemba was elevated to city status on February 11, 1955, through the merger of Gotemba Town with neighboring Fujioka Village, Harasato Village, Ino Village, and Tamaho Village. The city expanded through annexation of Takane Village on January 1, 1956 and the Furusawa District of Oyama Town on September 1, 1957. The Gotemba Interchange on the Tōmei Expressway was completed on May 25, 1969.

More about Izu Peninsula Discover Izu Peninsula

The Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島, Izu Hantō) is a resort area popular for its hot springs, beautiful coastlines, beaches, mild climate and scenic mountainous interior. Located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, its proximity to the city makes the peninsula a popular weekend getaway and the area is well connected to Tokyo by train. In addition, Mount Fuji lies only about 50 kilometers to the north and can be viewed from the peninsula’s western coast.

More about Lake Shirakaba Discover Lake Shirakaba

The lake is located approximately 1500 meters above sea level, within the Yatsugatake-Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park, in Chino city, Nagano prefecture. It used to be an artificial reservoir for agricultural use. Today, you can find hotels, golf courses, and a ski resort around the lake. The area is well known as being one of the main resort spots in Nagano. You can enjoy the resort spots around Lake Shirakaba during all four seasons. From spring through summer flowers bloom everywhere. Even in summer the climate is mild and cool so you can enjoy strolling by the lake. Fishing, canoeing, and boating on the lake is available. Many people also stay in the resort to enjoy golfing and playing tennis at a nearby golf course and tennis courts. A large fireworks show is held in August. In autumn, you can enjoy red and yellow leaves of the trees. During winter, you can enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding at the ski resort. The Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum is located by Lake Shirakaba. The area has many facilities you can visit throughout the year. There are also major sightseeing spots including Yatsugatake, Tateshina, Kirigamine, and Lake Megami around Lake Shirakaba.

More about Matsumoto Discover Matsumoto

Matsumoto (松本) is the second largest city in Nagano Prefecture. It is most famous for Matsumotojo, one of Japan’s most beautiful original castles. The city is also a good base for trips into the Japanese Alps, e.g. to Kamikochi, Norikura or the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. Matsumoto Castle, is the city’s must-see attraction and is among Japan’s oldest fortresses. Together with Himeji Castle, Hikone Castle and Inuyama Castle, the building is designated as a National Treasure. Matsumoto’s black, wooden keep (donjon) is the oldest such structure in Japan, dating from 1595. The black paint gave the castle its nickname “Karasujo” (Crow Castle) and the dark color was designed to terrorize approaching opponents. Matsumoto Castle is built on level ground and this has a wide moat as its primary means of defense.

More about this tour

Come ride with us on this Intermediate Japan Cycling Tour.  We will delve deep into the vibrant Japan culture and tackle some of the best, yet mostly undiscovered cycling in the world. After gathering in Matsumoto, we will spend a few days exploring the ancient castle town and the incredible cycling it offers. The tour then heads to Lake Shirakaba which will immerse the group into the alpine life at more than 1500m above sea level. Next is on toward Fujinomiya, the traditional base of Mt.Fuji. The final few days take us up the majestic mountain at more than 2300m before we head for the coast and the crystal blue waters of the Izu Peninsula. The contrast will amaze, as will the 7 days of cycling that lay ahead as we visit hot springs, ride over majestic mountains, visit ancient temples and taste delicious local produce on our way.

This Japan Cycling Tour comes loaded with breathtaking scenery, challenging riding and plenty of off-bike experiences to enjoy as well, the stage is set for a uniquely rewarding cycling holiday – one you and your legs will remember for a long time to come.

Intermediate tours strike the perfect balance for those that enjoy a decent ride each day, yet want have some time to absorb the wonderful culture and scenery. You do the riding, we take care of the rest and this Japan Cycling Tour includes your meals and accommodation, the best support crew and guides and they are all of the highest quality.

Contact us today for tour options and single supplements.

  • Average daily distance of approximately 100km
  • Average daily climbing of 1200m
  • Bike Rental Options
  • Incredible support from highly experienced guides and crew.
  • The best courses, hand-picked accommodations designed for you.
  • Taste and experience the wonderful Japanese culture.
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Alps To Coast

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8 Days | 26 September 2021
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