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Custom Trip Consultation & Design Services

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Seasons
🌸Spring Flowers
Mar 15 - Jun 15

🌈Summer Splendor
Jun 15 - Sep 15

🍁Fall Colors
Sep 15 - Dec 15

☀️Winter Sun
Dec 15 - Mar 15

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Difficulty
All levels - choose your route difficulty each day!

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Accommodations
From bikepacking and carrying your own tent to hotels & ryokans.

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Location

Anywhere in Japan!

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Price

See pricing below for each option

LONG-HAUL SELF-GUIDED & BIKEPACKING TOURS

For some it is all about the long journey, the spontaneous encounters, and the uncertainty of what the next day might bring. While our main focus is our Guided, Self-Guided, and Bespoke Tour packages, we understand that this does not fit every type of cycling journey in Japan.

That is why we offer a few different services for those looking to get expert advice, recommendations, and route design. A service for those looking to largely lead their own long-haul self-guided tour or bikepacking adventure across Japan.

There are plenty of great resources out there (and on our blog!) for those looking to do it 100% on their own. But, for those who want to maximize their time on beautiful scenic car free roads & cycling paths, time their ride with the best weather / fall foliage / or spring blossoms,  and who want pass through unique off the beaten path places we would love to help you design your dream tour!

Traveling by bike means something different to every rider. For some, it’s about grinding up the steepest roads and pushing the limits. For others, it’s a mode of travel that allows you to stop and enjoy the scenery. It’s a vehicle to enjoy local cuisine, tea, coffee, or sake, at every possible moment.

We have spent years on the bike, exploring all the best places to ride in Central Japan to bring you these must-do routes for every level. Ride on roads rarely visited by cars, explore unforgettable landscapes, and experience incredible scenery around every switchback.

Our goal is to create the best route possible for your tour and make a one of a kind cycling holiday perfect for you or your group!

Custom Trip Design

Wether it is riding the whole of Japan north to south, through the highest mountain passes, flat cruising, all day coasts, or anything in between we provide route design services for those looking to optimize their time spent cycling in Japan.

The Process

  1. We will sit down on a call to discuss your style of riding, daily distances/elevation goals, must see sights, etc
  2. We will return a proposed itinerary with number of days, rough distance/elevations for each day.
  3. You can request any adjustments such as more days in a location, less distance/more, etc and we will adjust.
  4. We finalize the itinerary and send over the total route information, itinerary, route files, hotel recommendations.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Custom route file/files for your trip
  • Hotel recommendations as requested
  • Major must see sights or food stops

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Bicycle rental or GPS cycling computer
  • SAG support or luggage transport
  • Guide or on call support team
  • A highly detailed itinerary beyond the route and major sites/stops.
    (please see our main Self-Guided Tours Page for these services)

We are happy to build custom packages for any tours over 1 weeks (7 days) long. Also, please note that the longer your tour the cheaper the per day price is.

We do not offer bike rentals with this product. We only provide bike rental services through our main Self-Guided Tours and our Guided and Bespoke Tours.

No problem! Our goal is to simply provide you with the best route & tools to navigate this journey. Once you set out you can plan to stay as long or short in each place as you like.

We will provide the transit information to get to and from your start and end point as well as any info for planned transfers between locations such as trains between two regions. This does not include transit info for days one might choose not to follow the route and instead take a train or bus to their next stop.

Pricing

1 Weeks - $2,000 USD

2 Weeks - $2,400 USD

3 Weeks - $2,750 USD

4 Weeks - $3,100 USD

5 Weeks - $3,450 USD

Each Day Beyond 5 Weeks - $52 USD

Cyclingby beautiful wild wisteria on the roads outside Kiryu, Gunma.

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Trip & Route Consultation

This option is best for those looking to go it on their own and have me review their route, make edits, suggestions, or even just brainstorm with. The goal is to take your ideas and better shape them into the best possible trip for you/your group.

The process:

  1. After contacting and confirming your interest in the consultation I will ask you to send over your current ideas, information, areas of interest, and any other details you think are important about you/your group for me to know. Dietary preferences, scenery preference, hotel/ryokan preferences, distance/elevation goals for the trip, etc.
  2. We will schedule a time to call and I will review your materials beforehand to be ready to discuss your trip with you in detail, iron out any kinks, and make suggestions and recommendations based on your requests and itinerary.This includes details as small as restaurant or hot spring locations to stop at along the way, up to hotels and specifics of routing one way over another.

    We will be sure to go through your complete itinerary and optimize it for those things that matter most to you/your group.

  3. After the call, I will follow up with an email including any information, websites, or materials discussed in the call for your future reference.

 

Please see the below pricing for trip & route consultation.

*Any materials or routes we build during that time together will be shared with you right after the call. So if you want to sit down and review something together that is also an option please send it to me in advance of the call so we can best use our time!

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • A focused consultation and all materials discussed within.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Any services outside of the consultation.
  • Route design beyond what we do during the consultation.
  • Hotel or other recommendations beyond what we do during the consultation
    Please consider the route design or tour package options if you would like these services.

Yes! This is a perfect use of this service and in an hour we can get a lot done on route design and adjustment.

Yes, yes, and yes! All of this is possible through consultation.

Yes, we can help not only provide resources such as phone apps and language tools to help communicate with locals, but also create custom dietary cards or other materials that will help if you have dietary restrictions/allergies.

Pricing

$500 USD / hour

minimum 2 hours

Cycling through rice fields in Nagano Japan.

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T. Koegel 🇺🇸

Bike Tour Japan was OUTSTANDING. The riding was incredible with beautiful Fall colors, quiet back roads and challenging climbs. The countryside is gorgeous and Rob knows how to end every day at the perfect ryokan with onsen baths and delicious food! Can’t wait to do another tour in 2018!

Tour of the North Alps 2017

D. Gray 🇮🇪

Our group of 4 enjoyed an incredible 3 days of self guided cycling in Japan in October. The information provided by BTJ before and during our trip was top class - very clear and professional. The selection of routes provided by BTJ was excellent and varied. Beautiful and quiet but challenging country roads. Excellent accommodation and the onsen was special! Michelle was extremely knowledgable, helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend BTJ if you're thinking of cycling in Japan.
 

M. Chin 🇸🇬

The biking-ryokan-onsen combination is fantastic, loved it! Both you guys were great company, and we enjoyed the cultural exchange dinner conversations. Learnt a lot more about Japan in this short trip than from other Japanese holidays. The planning and organisation were professional, your eloquence with the language was impressive, and our bikes were a joy to ride. Hope to come again on another ride with BTJ in future!
 

A. Hipsley 🇦🇺

Rob and Michelle are a terrific team, offering a first class experience, thoroughly researched and planned to suit the riders and the conditions. From the initial enquiry, through the planning and registration to the trip itself, everything was easy and hassle free. I would thoroughly recommend BTJ as an amazing way see incredible sights and enjoy incredible cycling with great leaders and people.
 

Bespoke Tour 2020

J. Porter 🇺🇸

BikeTourJapan brought my dream vacation into reality. Amazing rides matched with unforgettable scenery, endless photo opportunities. I got to experience beautiful countryside, amazing hot spring towns, friendly folks, great food, all one could ask for, and to be on a bike, the icing on the cake…..cant wait for my next trip, on a bike…..in Japan, thanks Robert!!!

Japanese Alps Tour 2016 & Bespoke Tour 2018

A. Morgan 🇬🇧

After watching one of the ride vlogs on YouTube, I decided to drive up from Tokyo with some friends for a day trip. It certainly did not disappoint!

The location meant that we were quickly out of the down, able to ride along a beautiful river and then straight into the mountain roads. There were long stretches which we had to ourselves. And the beautiful thing about Japan is that the road surfaces are all immaculately well maintained, even for those roads that barely see any road traffic. So for those who enjoy zipping downhill at high speed (like me), it was really a treat.

Robert (our guide and company co-founder) knows the area very well. He was able to choose a route that matched our fitness levels and dynamically adjust it when we came across some random roadworks. Highly recommended.

 

Bespoke Tour 2020

S. Ball 🇬🇧

After the organisation of our wedding, we were happy to hand over the reins to BTJ to kick-off our honeymoon. Prior to the trip, Rob and the BTJ team were alert and responsive to our needs. We were met off the train and soon off on our adventure with BTJ’s high-spec bikes and Garmin. We thoroughly enjoyed our rides up and down and through the alps. The ryokans were varied and wonderful, with delicious food and the luxurious onsens were a blessing after a day in the saddle. We would like to thank Rob and the BTJ team for their dedication to providing an outstanding service. We will use them again and highly recommend others to do so too!
 

Bespoke Tour 2019

A. Fossett 🇺🇸

I'm not a cyclist, but I've been living in Japan for a few years and love any opportunity to explore the countryside and spend time away from the cities. I joined a day tour with some friends, and I'm glad I did.

Firstly, everything was taken care of - the team clearly knows everything that goes into well-planned outing, and every detail, from the equipment to communication and even meals was thoughtfully planned and managed. Secondly, our route took us along some beautiful scenes with lots of fresh air along well-maintained roads. Even with pretty good Japanese, there's no way I could have planned as smooth and enjoyable an itinerary, let alone managed the logistics outfitting our group with reliable gear. Thanks to Bike Tours Japan for an experience to remember - I'll be recommending them to friends who visit Japan in the future.

 

Bespoke Tour 2020

E. Rivers 🇺🇸

Bike Tour Japan organized a Self-Guided adventure for me over 5 days and 4 nights. Toyokan was an great ryokan in Ashikaga. The route planning and self-titled, "Eugene's Adventure Map," was amazing! I felt completely secure cycling along with Bike Tour Japan one message away on What's App. They turned my first time in Japan to an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. From the food, riding, and support, Bike Tour Japan is a great company to assist with your cycling needs while in Japan. I vow to return for one of the scheduled Tours!

 

Bespoke Tour 2019

J. Campbell 🇺🇸

Bike Tour Japan made possible an amazing Japan Adventure. Cycling the cities and country side while staying in a local Japanese inn (Ryokan) was the perfect way to see the area and experience its people/culture.
 

Bespoke Tour 2019

S. Gribble 🇺🇸

I've been on many great cycling vacations, but my experience with Bike Tour Japan was easily the best of all of them. Rob and Michael were incredible hosts: hugely knowledgeable about the area, top-notch hospitality, and best of all, really fun to be around. The bike routes were extraordinary; each and every day on the Ashikaga training camp felt as picturesque as a National Geographic documentary, and I rode a wonderful mixture of challenging mountains, valleys, and descents.
 

Ashikaga Training Camp: Tokyo Escape 2019

R. Dutton 🇺🇸

My husband and I have just returned from a most wonderful bike trip with Bike Tour Japan guides, Rob, Michelle and Michael. We were fortunate to be there when the maples and their red, golds and oranges were on fire with color. Just beautiful!! We visited hidden magical shrines tucked away in the forest. After interesting and sometimes challenging rides we soaked in fabulous hot spring-fed baths and tucked ourselves into cozy futon beds on tatami mats in the lovely ryokans. Meals were a real adventure too as we sampled every imaginable and artistically displayed culinary delight the Japanese are famous for. We just so appreciate how professional and fun our guides were. We had a blast, lots of laughs and great camaraderie. We highly recommend this trip
 

K. Shumaker 🇺🇸

The tour and a vacation of a lifetime. Robert and company were the perfect hosts and organizers taking us to places and situations in the Japanese culture we would never been able to access ourselves. Riding the Japanese Alps at peak fall colors dazzled my retinas and burned into my brain an experience I will never forget.
 
 

P. Burgess 🇦🇺

A group of us road the northern Japanese alps with Rob in September. Rob was a great host, rode with our fastest and slowest riders, provided food and drink and navigation. Rob is a great guy who loves riding and hosting tours in Japan. He is flexible with his planning and accommodates all types of riders. He also selects some amazing Ryokan and Onsen locations. I would recommend his tours to anyone looking to ride Japan
 

Gunma Cycling