JAPAN

KYOTO TO FUJIYAMA IN BIKEPACKING

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23 October – 07 November 2021

TRIP OVERVIEW

Yokoso! Japan welcomes you for an amazing tour from the ancient capital of Kyoto through the heart of land of the rising sun passing from the cliffs of Tojinbo wandering the forest bathing in natural volcanic onsens climbing Japanese alps to the Castles in Nagano and around the mighty Mt Fuji to the modern capital of Tokyo.

This will be a unique adventure in bike packing unlike any place in the world Japan is mystical and rich with culture and natural beauty. With 70% of its landmass completely un inhabited the best kept secret is the amazing combination of security and wild off grid living. You are never too far from help and yet it is never too far to solitude and maximum serenity.

For the success of this expedition and the safety of all participance the creation of a strong team is absolutely imperative. No one will be left behind or in difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility of not only the guides, but also of each team member (participants) to help solve any and all kinds of problems that arise during the trip. It will not only be an unforgettable journey, but also a unique opportunity to experience self-education in group consciousness, to share joy in fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, in defeats as well as in successes.

“In the autmn night Breaking into A pleasant chat ” —Matsuo Basho

Success will not only be the arrival at our destination, but through our journey. And knowing we have done our best to arrive, together.

Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 50% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
– After this date no refund will be given.

There will be no refunds for those who do not show up at the start of the trip or withdraw during the course of the tour.
There will be no refunds for those who are unable to start or complete the tour due to a lack or inaccuracy of personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

The traveller understands that some destinations pose more of a risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, socio-political situations and the geography of the region. The traveller acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancellations or delays, strikes, labour issues, power failures, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other (hereinafter called “Force Majeure Event”) are not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling and may hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveller’s ability to make or complete the trip. The traveller acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to the traveller for any delay or cancellation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. The traveler is neither entitled to a refund nor any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

 

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

  • Bike guides from PA Cycling depending on the number of participants
  • Transfer from Kioto airport to our Hotel on October 24, 2021
  • 2 nights stay in Hotel in Kioto (breakfast and welcome dinner included)
  • All Overnights in Honsen or Eco Villages or Camping
  • Dinner on stage 3-4-6-7-8
  • Two nights on the Fujiyama District
  • Transfer to the Tokio Airport on November 6, 2021
  • Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

  • Airfare to/from Japan and over baggage, bike supplement
  • Lunches and dinner where not expressly specified
  • Food during bike days except where specified
  • Excursions, extra activities
  • Additional cost in case of logistic changes (extra transfers etc.)
  • Anything not listed in “The price includes” section
  • Dates
    23 October - 07 November 2021
  • Duration
    16 days
  • Stages
    10
  • Length
    930 km
  • Elevation
    8.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Price
    2350 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Arrival in Kyoto. Transfer to hotel. Bike preparation, briefing.

DAY 02

Do some sightseeing and buy food there are many places to buy supplies in Kyoto.

Bike bags and boxes will be sent to our final destination in Odawa so please drop them off at this time.

DAY 03 – STAGE 01

Kyoto to Anegawa. Camp ground – 120 km | 1100 m

Departure from Kyoto:
Our adventure begins in the ancient capital of Japan. We will quickly head to Lake Biwa (BIWAKO) the largest fresh water Lake in Japan traffic may be a bit heavy in this section please follow the normal cycling traffic laws. One difference in Japan is that it is lawful to ride on the pedestrian path but at a reduced speed 12 kmph. There will be a 400m climb during this section.

Once we have arrived at Biwako we will take the cycling path around the north side of the lake this will take us in to Shiga Prefecture the ride should be relaxed with short climbs and shallow descents on our left will be a mix of Mountain forests and cityscape on the right will be shimmering Biwako. After 100 km we will head into rural Japan climbing and descending through forests and
villages until we reach Anegawa camping area. There are shower and toilets available and there may be some campers in the area October nights are chilly 14C-7C so be sure to prepare for cold weather.

DAY 04 – STAGE 02

Anegawa camping to Usuzumi Onsen ryokan/camp – 75 km | 2150 m

This stage is one of many physically demanding stages in our journey. the trail will be asphalt but there in the first 50 km we may not see more than a few cars as we climb through dens forests to the top of Mikuni Pass, as we make our ascent on our left we will see the forests to our right we will see Majestic Ibuki Mountain! One of the most beautiful mountains in Japan. After Mikuni pass and entering Gifu Prefecture we will have a slightly technical descent through some mountain villages until we reach the Ibi River. After crossing the Ibi river we will pass thorough Ibi township. This is a good place to stop for a well-deserved lunch break. There are many stores in Ibi where you can buy food.

After Ibi we will make our way to the Neo river where we will climb through an autumn canopy passing a few rural communities until we reach Usumi Onsen. For a hot bath and a Ryokan style rest.

DAY 05 – STAGE 03

Usuzumi Onsen to Eco Village Fukui Prefecture – 97 km | 2080 m

The first segment is a brutal 27km climb with 800m of vertical gain there are troops of Japanese macaques (commonly known as snow monkeys) in this region. At the apex of Honshu we will leave Gifu and start a cool 36 km descent in to Fukui Prefecture, small hills will keep you for getting too cold as we enter some of the most remote areas in Japan. There will be several waterfalls and a large range of forest types. In Ikeda village we can have some lunch and relax at the Michinoeki, a rest area for motorists and cyclists a like. We will end the day with a gentil climb to the Eco Village Camp Ground where we will stay for two nights.

DAY 06 – STAGE 04

Eco Village – Tojinbo cliff loop – Eco Village – 130 km | 1500 m

This loop will take us through the rural landscape of Echizen to the Tojinbo Cliffs that overlook the sea of Japan. At the Cliffs we will experience a traditional market place where you can get some local yummy deserts and savory treats. Departing the cliffs we will make our way south west along the Sea of Japan before taking a short climb through a deep-rooted forest and back to the camp.

DAY 07 – STAGE 05

Eco Village – Yunohira Onsen – 95 km | 2020 m

The next stage of the tour will take us through some of the most backcountry riding Japan has to offer passing by gorgeous Ryusoga Falls and with many ups and downs. We bid adieu to Fuki Prefecture and return to the heart of Japan.

General Oda Nobunaga once said “Control Gifu and you control Japan!” it is therefore fitting that through our journey we will crisscross Gifu and enjoy the power gained form its amazing Onsen.

DAY 08 – STAGE 06

Yunohira Onsen – Shirakawa go – 50 km | 850 m

This is a rest day with a short recovery ride, the day begins with a 500m climb after which it is mostly a slight downhill through the mountain river valleys until we arriveat our first rest destination. once we arrive at Shirakawa go you can wonder through this traditional Japanese village in the there is a place you will want to have your camera batteries charged. There are many food options as well as local beer and Sake.

DAY 09 – STAGE 07

Shirakawago – Takayama – 60 km | 1400 m

Compared to the first 6 days we will have a relatively easy day with a lot of time to enjoy the journey through Hira city and along to Takayama where we will attempt to recover and prepare ourselves for the challenging day to come. In Takayama you will find great western foods and beautiful old style Japanese city dwellings you can rest your legs and get a good night’s rest or you can enjoy bar hoping on Halloween.

DAY 10 – STAGE 08

Takayama – Matsumoto Onsen Ryokan – 99 km | 2620 m

Depending on the weather conditions this may be the most challenging day of the tour. As we climb 2200m up mighty Mt Norikura passing through the Japanese Alps into Nagano Prefecture. The descent should be breath taking. This should prove to be a very cold day be sure to dress for a day of cold and warm weather. We end our day at the foot of beautiful Matsumoto Castel after which we will make our way to our campsite at Hoshi Yama camp site.

DAY 11 – STAGE 09

Matsumot – Lake Motosu of Fuji Cam – 124 km | 1760 m

This is a long day of riding pasting the mountain villages in of Nagano Prefecture and coasting out of the Japanese alps we enter Yamanashi Prefecture in this staged we will lock eyes with Mt Fuji. The great Mountain will keep watch over us for the remainder of the journey this will be the stage where we spend the most time in rural city scape. Be mindful of traffic laws. The good point it there will be plenty of places to stop for lunch and to pick up supplies. We will end our day at Motosu Lake where we will camp the night.

DAY 12 – STAGE 10

Lake Motosu – Odawara – 96 km | 1800 m

Our last day of riding will be a journey through forest and river valleys under Mt. Fuji’s watchful gaze. With Fuji on our left we will make our way out of Yamanashi prefecture and enter Shizuoka Prefecture to the Shiraito Falls these seem like a scene form a mythical story buried in the lush forests the magical falls are sure carve a memory into your soul. After a rest at Shriaito falls we will make our final push out of Shizuoka Prefecture and in to Kanagawa prefecture to Odawara City and the Pacific Ocean. Where we will enjoy a much needed and well-earned rest in a modern hotel with Saki and Yakinuku and craft beer for dinner.

Pack up our bikes.

DAY 13

Day off at Odawara

DAY 14

Transfer to airport

YOUR GUIDE

Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous IditaBike (Alaska) in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019 & 2020 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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