Rob McManmon fell in love with cycling as a way to explore natural landscapes at the perfect pace. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, he spent a year working, riding, and creating a community in Japan. Since then, he has returned each year to delve deeper into the Japanese countryside, just outside of the busy international hubs of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Each time he returns, Rob uncovers new hidden gems to share with friends, travelers, and guests on cycling trips. During BTJ’s off-season, Rob teaches online music lessons to students around the globe. He has lived in upstate New York, the UK, Japan, Italy, and Texas; he currently resides in California.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
At Bike Tour Japan, we are obsessed with experience.
We take care of all the subtle details so that our guests can savor each moment. Bike Tour Japan’s expert guides are unbelievable hosts and knowledgeable ambassadors who will guide you on roads that have yet to be discovered by the outside world.
OUR CORE Values
UNIQUE Experiences through Cultural Connection
We believe that traveling by bicycle is the best way to experience a place. Cycling brings you closer to the land and its people than just about any other mode of travel. But as much as we love cycling, it’s not always about the bike. Let us show you our favorite places to experience, learn, eat, explore, and relax, hidden in Japan’s mysterious countryside. It’s going to be an amazing journey.
It is our passion to encourage and empower YOU, our guests, to hop on the saddle to experience Japan on your own terms. We believe it’s not only an excellent way to connect with the culture, but it’s also good for our environment. At BTJ, we are consistently pushing to decrease the environmental impact that travel has on our world. This means refusing single-use plastics when possible, reducing food waste, promoting the use of reusable items such as water bottles, and recycling everything that’s left. We want memories of your holiday to last for years to come, but in terms of physical waste, we strive to LEAVE NO TRACE.
We like to keep things local on our trips. While many travel companies take guests to hotel chains that exist all around the world, 96% of our ryokan and restaurant partners are small, locally-owned businesses. We believe that we can build luxury experiences that are also authentic and true to the places we visit. Supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses strengthens the small towns we ride through, improves quality of life, and gets re-invested back into the communities we know and love. Plus, you came here to explore the real Japan… not to stay in the Four Seasons.
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