Trans Tohoku Bike Tour 2017

Tour Profile

The Tohoku region, comprised of six prefectures located in the northernmost part of Japan’s main island ‘Honshu’ , is known for its gorgeous natural environment, rich local history, and delicious agricultural produce.

Experience a more traditional side of Japan, and follow in the footsteps of famous Japanese poet Matsuo Basho and his journey along ‘the narrow road to the deep north’

Highlights

Nature, including breathtaking views of the Ōu Mountains

Relax and refresh in some of Japan’s top
hot springs

Traditional food made using fresh local ingredients

Rich local history that served as a base for modern Japan

While they may seem shy at first, some of
the friendliest people you will ever meet

At a glance

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Cycling distance: 1,100km
Elevation gain: 13,000m
Tour meets: Sep 1, 2017 (Tokyo)
Tour ends: Sep 10 2017 (Aomori)
Group size: 10 – 20 riders
Tour cost: $2000 (US) ※
Single Supplement (except one night on Sep.5): $900 (US) ※※

※International/domestic flights, Visa fees are not included.

※※Only limited number of single supplement can be accepted.

More Information

What else we provide?

Full Support Provided

The tour is funded by the Fukushima Prefectural Government in cooperation with other Tohoku Regional Governments and provides the following support:

Accommodation

Nine locations between Tokyo and the Shimokita Peninsula (northernmost point of Honshu) have been selected, including spectacular traditional Japanese Inns(ryokan) the Tohoku region has to offer. Enjoy relaxing in some of Japan’s top hot springs and refresh for the next day’s ride.

Equipment

Support vehicles will be available throughout the entire tour. No need to carry your luggage on your bicycle during the challenge – it will travel in a support vehicle between hotels. You will also be provided with GPS devices, maps and GPS tracking smartphone application for checking rider’s real time position. Bike hire is available at a rate of US$150 (Hybrid Bikes) or US$200 (Road Bikes) for all days of this tour.

Flexible Pace & Beautiful Route

No need to follow any guides. Follow the GPS info along the recommended routes at YOUR OWN PACE . (You don’t have to wait slower riders and no need to worry about faster riders.) Small guide signs willb be provided at clitical points and half checkpoints will be set at lunch break locations. Recommended routes feature gorgeous scenery, and with minimum traffic make for an easy ride.

ITINERARY – 2017 TTBT

Day1 Sep 1: Meet at a hotel in Tokyo. Arrange bike rentals, briefing, ice breaking
(Overnight stay・No meals provided)
Day2 Sep 2: - Stage 1- Nihonbashi Bridge to Nasu 184km 1380mUP
Cycle from Nihonbashi through Asakusa passing the Tokyo Sky Tree and head north along the Edo and Kinu Rivers. Explore the agricultural village areas of Ibaraki Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture and reach Nasu, the northernmost point of the Kanto Area and the entrance to Tohoku.
(Overnight stay・Dinner provided)
Day3 Sep 3: -Stage 2- Nasu to Aizu Higashiyama Onsen 102km 1829mUP
Travel the Nasu Highlands while enjoying stunning views of the Nasu mountain range and enter Fukushima Prefecture for the first hill climb of the tour. Bike beside Lake Hatori and journey the peaceful forest road, traveling along the edge of Lake Inawashiro to Aizu Higashiyama Onsen.
(Overnight stay・Dinner provided)
Day4 Sep 4: -Stage 3- Aizu Higashiyama Onsen to Iizaka Onsen 118km 2123mUP
After visiting Tsurugajo Castle, the symbol of Aizu, cycle past the base of Mt. Bandai and the majestic Goshikinuma. Journey up hill and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Jododaira. After a long downhill ride pass through a group of fruit orchards and arrive at Iizaka Onsen.
(Overnight stay・Dinner provided)
Day5 Sep 5: -Stage 4- Iizaka Onsen to Ginzan Onsen 137km 1840mUP
Travel from Iizaka Onsen along the winding mountain roads and climb the beautiful Hatomine Pass heading for Yamagata Prefecture. Race the Yamagata Shinkansen(Bullet Train) to the north and pass through Yamagata City and Tendo City arriving at the nostalgic wooden Japanese inns that line Ginzan Onsen.
(Overnight stay・Dinner provided)
Day6 Sep 6: -Stage 5- Ginzan Onsen to Yurihonjo 146k 1112mUP
Enjoy a downhill ride from Ginzan Onsen towards the sea of Japan where a lovely view of Mt. Chokai awaits. Cycle north alongside the sea of Japan to Akita Prefecture and experience a typical night in a local Tohoku town in Yurihonjo.
(Overnight stay・Dinner provided)
Day7 Sep 7: -Stage 6- Yurihonjo to Nyuto Onsen 112km 1547mUP
Leave the urban area of Yurihonjo and enter a belt of land known for rice cultivation. Enjoy the peaceful scenery full of rice paddies while riding along a flat course for the first half of the day. Make a half lap of Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan, and arrive at one of Japan’s top hidden hot springs, Nyuto Onsen.
(Overnight stay・Dinner provided)
Day8 Sep 8: -Stage 7- Nyuto Onsen to Oirase Creek 151km 2588mUP
After heading downhill from Nyuto Onsen, cross the mountain pass alongside Hachimantai and make the climb to Lake Towada. Travel the lakeside to Aomori Prefecture and along the picturesque Oirase mountain streams ending the day`s ride in Oirase.
(Overnight stay・Dinner provided)
Day9 Sep 9: -Stage 8- Oirase Creek to Cape Oma 169km 1313mUP
Enjoy a pleasant ride along a wide area of flat farm roads to the beginning of the Shimokita Peninsula. Travel north alongside Mutsu Bay and even further along the northern coastline of the peninsula, reaching Cape Oma, the northernmost point of Japan’s main island. And finally, goal!
(Overnight stay・Dinner provided)
Day10 Sep 10: Break up the tour at hotel in Cape Oma.
Total Distance: 1100km
We reccommend you to move to Hokkaido by ferry or back to Tokyo by airplane.

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2017 Tour REGISTRATION