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Coastal Japan: San-in Explorer

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US$ 5,350
10 Days / 9 Nights
453 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days8
Average Distance Per Day: 50
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 690
2,250 m
5 Star
Total Cycling Distance453 kilometres
Bike HireHybrid: US$ 400
Single SupplementUS$ 525

About this Cycle Tour

San-in is one of Japan's least populated and least urbanized regions, making it an alluring setting for an off-the-beaten track cycling adventure in the Land of the Rising Sun! On this tour, we'll traverse across San-in's diverse geography of rugged shorelines, dramatic volcanic landscapes, colorful forests, and expansive farmlands. We'll encounter quaint fishing villages, bustling maritime towns, timeless shrines and temples, grand Samurai castles, and breathtaking views. We soothe our muscles in hot springs, sleep in cozy accommodations, and indulge in an outstanding variety of local delicacies.

Meeting in Tottori City we begin with an easy warm up ride to Japan’s largest and most visually striking sand dunes. The following day we cycle to Mount Mitoku where we'll hike up to the fabled Buddhist temple of Nageiredo, perched precariously on a cliff. After spending the night in an onsen (hot spring) town we descend back towards the coastline and ride along the slopes of Mount Daisen, an extinct volcano that towers over the region. Once we reach Sakaiminato City we'll ride to a stunning inland sea before catching a ferry to the Oki Islands. We’ll spend two days island riding and island hopping in a remote part of offshore Japan, discovering the stunning Kuniga Coast on Nishinoshima and cycling through the rural heart of Dogo-jima. Back on the mainland, we then ride to visit the intricate Miho Shrine before continuing along scenic headlands in pursuit of the historic city of Matsue. Matsue will be our base for two nights and here we'll explore the majestic “Black Castle” and embark on a rural loop to one of Japan’s prettiest zen gardens at the Adachi Museum of Art. The tour concludes with a picturesque ride skirting along a lake and two rivers before arriving at Izumo Taisha, another of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines. We spend the final night in the city of Izuomo from where you can easily continue your travels onwards in Japan.

Join us in exploring the remarkable San-in region and see a different part of Japan, differently!

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Day 1

We meet in Tottori City and enjoy a warm up ride to Japan’s largest and most visually striking sand dunes.

Day 2

Today’s route combines a scenic coastal ride along the Sea of Japan with an undulating inland section through the lush countryside. We also cycle up to Mount Mitoku where we hike to a temple hanging precariously off a cliff. We spend the night in a nearby hot spring town.

Day 3

We head back to the coast by following the course of the Tenjin River. We then cycle along the undulating slopes of Mount Daisen, a majestic dormant volcano towering in the background, before arriving in the beach town of Kaike Onsen.

Day 4

Today’s route around Sakaiminato City encompasses coastal rides, spectacular bridges, an inland sea, and a visit to beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens. We take a 2.5 hour ferry journey to the volcanic island of Nishinoshima.

Day 5

A day of island riding and island hopping. On Nishinoshima we ride to the stunning Kuniga Coast where we’ll hike up to the Matengai cliffs. We then take an inter-island ferry to Dogo-jima and cycle across the heart of the island.

Day 6

We ride the spectacular north and east coasts of Dogo Island. We’ll ride up to a scenic lookout point and cycle through forests, fishing ports, and farmlands. In the afternoon we board a ferry back to the mainland, spending the night in Sakaiminato City.

Day 7

We ride to the historic city of Matsue by following a nature-rich coastal route, dipping up and down between scenic headlands and bays. Along the way we’ll visit a stunning shinto shrine, a lighthouse and ,once in Matsue, we’ll tour the city’s mighty feudal-era castle.

Day 8

Based out of Matsue, we’ve got a fun loop through forested hills and flat farmlands. The highlight of the ride is a visit to the immaculate zen gardens of the Adachi Museum of Art. The afternoon is free to explore and relax in Matsue where we spend a second night.

Day 9

We cycle east from Matsue to Izumo, riding along undulating rural roads that skirt along a lake and two rivers. Our cycling tour ends at Izumo Taisha, one of Japan’s most important Shinto Shrines, where we board a train into Izuomo city where to spend the final night.

Day 10

Departure from Izumo. Head home or continue your travels in Japan.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Tottori City - Mount Mitoku - Misasa Onsen Ride 52km. +762m / -702m.
Day 2 - Tottori City - Mount Mitoku - Misasa Onsen Ride 52km. +762m / -702m.

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