Japan can easily be considered one of the most preferred tourism destinations in the world. Watching the sun shine on a tori gate, visiting thousands of shrines in Kyoto, or watching the dawn from the top of Mount Fuji are only a few of the unforgettable experiences you can have here.
Japan has one of the cleanest and fastest public transport systems in the world, and is the most efficient in terms of time and comfort. While the city’s subway ride, fast trains, may be the preferred means for many trip visitors, we recommend you a completely different way to see Japan: by bicycle. Japan is an ideal destination for cyclists. Many adventurers have spent 3 months on bicycles exploring the cities of Kyushu, Shikoku, and southern Honsu.
Nevertheless, you can easily see a good section of Japan in 7-10 days on your bicycle.
Japan is certainly one of the most expensive countries in Asia, but why? Most travel expenses to Japan consist of accommodation and transportation. The price of a 7-day rail ticket is $250, while the cost of the hostel is around $45 per person per night, and the average double room rate can exceed $150.
However, traveling on a bicycle can reduce these costs to approximately $0. It is very obvious that you will not spend any money on transportation as your legs will be your engine, but what about accommodation? The answer is very simple. The best choice is camping in the wild. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, and you can camp everywhere here, in public places, on shrine grounds and even in downtown Osaka.
Japan’s natural scenery is incredible
Japan is famous for its large cities. Tokyo is still the largest urban area in the world and it certainly has a rare charm, and Kyoto is one of the most visited cities in the world, miraculously surviving the bombing in World War II, one of the world’s most unique heritage sites.
However, you need to know that the best sceneries are located outside its famous cities, where you can experience the true spirit of Japan, is in its natural beauty. Japan has amazing landscapes, filled with volcanoes, waterfalls and alpine forests. Traveling by bicycle means discovering these landscapes and enjoying every inch of your journey.
Get to know Japan like locals
When visiting Japan, the average tourist tends to go to the classic triangle of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and maybe add a day trip to Hakone to see Fujiyama. A bike tour in Japan will allow you to see lots of areas of this beautiful country. It is here that you can see the real Japanese culture, the local people living their daily lives, and join one of the many colored festivals which take place even in some of the smallest Japanese rural villages.
Get lots of friends!
The Japanese people have three basic characteristics. First, there’s the politeness and the fixed smile on their face — which can even become annoying at times. Secondly, the interesting mix of shyness, add to the desire to be private, and then there’s the authentic willingness to give and receive love. This makes most of the people extremely friendly, and you can expect to make a lot of good friends if you travel across Japan by bicycle. Despite the language barrier, there is no other country where you can make as many friends as in Japan!