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Bicycle Touring, bikepacking or backpacking in Japan

Where to go, what to see and how to

travel Japan off-the-beaten-path, by bike or not

This article is the second part of our Rough Guide for budget travel in Japan. Check the first part about hints, hacks, and tricks to make your dream trip to Japan become true.

Here we’ll tell you our bicycle trip itinerary, since it was almost hundred percent wonderful we decided to suggest to our fellow travelers.
This was for us a two months journey, we ride it all, bicycle touring Japan at a slow pace. It can be done way faster with any other kind of transportation.

Links in the articles bring you to the full travel journal post about each destination in Japan. Unfortunately, some of those are still only in Italian so use your translator.

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a map of our bicycle touring itinerary
Below is the complete map of our bicycle trip in Japan. It’s the complete GPS recording of the journey.
Click on the track to get the elevation profile, you can also use the search tool to find a specific location and display the GPX track of reference.

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the weird and beautiful island of Nagashima, in the Amakusa archipelago

Kyushu was probably the highlight of our bicycle trip in Japan, there wasn’t a single day without saying “mamma mia che posto incredibile!” (“oh my mother, what an incredible place”). We planned a tour to see the most active volcanoes and the best part of the coastline. Read more about the best things to see and our great bicycle touring itinerary in Kyushu…

Honshu and Shikoku

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the incredible woods of the Japanese Alps in Autumn

Our bicycle trip itinerary, in the islands of Shikoku and Honshu. It wasn’t as perfect as the first part of our bicycle touring itinerary in Kyushu, just because of the busy part from Okayama to Osaka. Aside from that, we think this is a great itinerary to tour southeast Shikoku and southern Honshu, with a focus on the Japanese Alps (Arupusu), so we decided to share it with our fellow travelers. Read more about our bicycle trip in Honshu and Shikoku and some great things to do in Japan…

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6 Responses

  1. tevas

    I am planning a 3 months trip to Japan next year or maybe in 2018.
    I’m still unsure how to cross the alps to make the most of it, which is proving to be difficult because I was hoping to take road from Hakuba to Itoigawa so I could head towards the Noto peninsula, but there are so many places I would like to visit that I will have to find a route that makes sense.
    I was considering cycling the area around Nakano and then heading to Matsumoto. That way I could go to Takayama and then head towards the Noto peninsula. I actually found some report in KANcycling that it was a nice route. Probably they didn’t mean that 158 was a nice road, but that it is possible to work around it. In any case, I had a look at your track in that area and I’m a bit confused because it seems you went out of 158 towards north and then back to 158.
    I figured I could ask you where exactly in road 158 it was horrible to ride, so I could tag it and see if I can avoid these roads by finding an alternative small road (I read there are alternatives).
    Thanks and keep it up! Awesome trip!

    • Cycloscope

      He Tevas! I added a base layer selector to the map, if you chose a different map you could have a better view of the road, thanks to let me notice that. The terrible road is indeed the 158, after reaching Hida you will climb to a pass around 2000m, a beautiful climb indeed, but the descent is crazy, first you have a dozen switchback and then the tunnel begin, heading to Matsumoto. This is where we don’t advice to go. Sure there are alternatives but it is much longer and i don’t know about that. Great if you could contribute to this article once you have done that! All the best and go Japan, it’s an incredible country to ride!

  2. borvestinkral

    I was curious if you ever considered changing the structure of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  3. borvestinkral

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  4. Caroline

    Hi !
    Thank you for your advice, your nice website.
    I take a lot of information from you.
    I plan a trip in cycle too, in march, alone. I would like to make quiet same itinerary than you. I arrive at Fukuoka, would like to spend time in Kyushu, maybe a month. And follow the same road than you.
    Do you think it wil be possible to have you itinerary in gpx file. It could be a good “base” for me. I find that reassuring.
    Thank you!
    Bye. Caroline

    • Cycloscope

      Hi Caroline, thank you very much and sorry for the late reply! Our gpx tracks are on, if you have or can create a profile on the web site I can share them with you.


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