JAPAN

Utsunomiya, Nikko, Tochigi, Tokyo

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Over your amazing 8 days in Japan, you will explore some of the many incredible aspects that makes Japan so unique including local food and beverages, Onsen’s (hot bathing springs), Temples, Shrines, Castles, National Parks and Mountain ranges of the Utsunomiya and Nikko region. We will also gain unique insight into this ancient culture from our local guides and partners.

Top this off with 2 days (and two nights) in Tokyo at some of our favourite places and this is a must-do tour for anyone interested in exploring the land of the Rising Sun. Excited? We certainly are…

2018 Dates 

28 April to 5 May 2018, 7 nights | 8 days SOLD OUT

4 August to 11 August 2018, 7 nights | 8 days SOLD OUT

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Rider type* Enthusiast

Average daily distance 80km

Average daily time in the saddle 3 hours

Hotel Style* Western Style 4 star (minimum)

Maximum guests – 14

Prices

 €3,450 p.p. twin share

AUD 5,550 p.p. twin share

  Start | Finish

Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan

  Maximum tour capacity is 14 guests

  6 staff for 14 guests including professional hosts, massage therapists and mechanics

  Explore the beauty of the Takaharayama mountain range with quiet well maintained roads within forested national parks

  Luxury 4 star hotels | Utsunomiya, Daiwa Roynet Utsunomiya | Nikko, Kinugawa Onsen Hotel

  Luxury 5 star hotels | Tokyo, Ascott Marunouchi Hotel

  Expert sightseeing and ride route design

  Ride the Japan Cup course through Forest Park, Utsunomiya

  Local guides will help us explore the shrines, temples and ancient ruins in Nikko and Utsunomiya all the while totally immersed in this unique culture

  Enjoy the best guided walking, sightseeing and sake tours that the region has to offer

  All Sports nutrition provided (bars, gels and electrolytes)

  All Breakfasts, All Lunches and Most Dinners included

  Supported training plan included to prepare you for your Japan adventure

Day 1, Utsunomiya

Today’s Ride
Utsunomiya to Utsunomiya
Total route 55 km, 500 metres elevation (2:15)
Hotel
Daiwa Roynet Utsunomiya
Included Meals
Lunch | Dinner
Outline Ride Guests

Once we collect you from Tokyo airport we will drive direct to Utsunomiya, our first destination, where you will begin your sensational SEARCHTRAVEL tour in Japan. If interesting people, beautiful scenery, amazing cycling, food, wine, beer and sake are your passion then this SEARCHTRAVEL tour is sure to impress.

Our staff will help you settle into your hotel and while you are getting settled in we will build your bike to your specification and get ready for our first cycling outing of the week. We have selected a great 55km loop that will introduce you to the amazing cycling terrain on offer in this part of Japan. You will no doubt also notice the courteous drivers,  beautifully maintained roads and wide lanes as cycling in Utsunomiya is a passion that many of the local residents and authorities share.

If you have not worn Marcello Bergamo cycling clothing before then you will also be in for a treat as all of our guests appreciate the quality and fit of the top-of-the-range Sportivo kit that we will provide to you.

After your ride you will have time for a quick shower and then off to meet up with all the guests for cocktails and an overview of tomorrow’s schedule before heading off to dinner.

All Guests

Tonight, we will all enjoy a group dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants where you will have a chance to get to know everyone, including all the support staff that will be looking after you on your tour.

Sightseeing Outline

Once we collect you from Tokyo airport we will drive direct to Utsunomiya, our first destination, where you will begin your sensational SEARCHTRAVEL tour in Japan. If interesting people, beautiful scenery, amazing sightseeing, special cuisine and fabulous shopping are your passion then this SEARCHTRAVEL tour is sure to impress.

We begin with stunning scenery as we travel to Utsunomiya, a small city between Tokyo and Nikko and literally the ‘Gateway to the World Heritage Nikko’. Dating back to the Palaeolithic period, Utsunomiya is a popular tourist attraction in its own right due to the ancient monuments, sacred shrines and its world-famous Gyoza (Japanese dumplings). Utsunomiya also hosts many cultural festivals, with at least one major festival every month! With its ancient monuments, lively jazz-style cocktail bars (Jazz being a big part of the town’s culture) and vibrant restaurants, Utsunomiya it is a wonderful introduction to life in Japan.

After settling into your lovely hotel, we have arranged a guided walking tour of the town which will introduce you to the wonderful things that make this city so interesting. A highlight will be a ‘pit-stop’ at one of the hundreds of Japanese Gyoza shops dotted around the city. Utsunomiya attracts people from all over Japan and from around the world just for their famous dumplings, so a taste of these amazing dumplings is a must!! As you walk around the town, you will notice that the majority of the city’s monuments, buildings and temples have a stunning pale green hue, adding to the city’s timeless charm and mystique. This is due to the distinctive volcanic Oya stone found only in this area and used to build all of the town’s important monuments and structures.

After your walking tour you will meet up with all the guests for cocktails and an overview of tomorrow’s schedule before heading off to dinner.

All Guests

Tonight, we will all enjoy a group dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants where you will have a chance to get to know everyone, including all the support staff that will be looking after you on your tour.

Day 2, Utsunomiya

Today’s Ride
Utsunomiya to Utsunomiya
Total route 80 km, 800 metres elevation (3:15)
Hotel
Daiwa Roynet Utsunomiya
Included meals
Breakfast | Lunch
Ride Outline

You will no doubt be weary after your trip into Japan so we are planning for a sleep-in and a leisurely breakfast. Our hotel has excellent Western style and Japanese traditional breakfast menu and you will definitely be spoiled for choice.

After breakfast we will head out on a beautiful loop that we have developed to the East of Utsunomiya. This loop takes us through large tracts of traditional Japanese farmland in the Northern tip of the Kanto Plains and then into a forested area leading into the small hills bordering the Ibaraki Prefecture. This small forested region contains an amazing cluster of golf courses, all hidden in amongst the forest so you really cant tell that they are there unless you see them from above which is amazing in itself.

Once again you will notice the quiet roads and the tranquillity of the region as we ride through an area of Japan that feels like it is lost in a bygone era. Rice has been farmed in this region for thousands of years and the paddy fields on the flood-plain that we traverse are bordered by spectacular rivers and streams which add to the overall beauty of the region.

Once we are through the flood plain, the ride is through rolling terrain with no really strenuous gradients but the constant rollers are taxing and we will ride through some hilly terrain before we stop for a coffee (or tea) in Nasukarasuyama. Once we get going again we will ride about 10km to see the famous Ryumon (Dragon Gate) Waterfalls and then return to Utsunomiya through more farmland in the plains. The Ryumon Falls freeze in winter so we may have some residual frozen falls on our April/May tour.

After a few hours on the bike we expect that you will be ready for a massage from our Soigneur but before your massage we strongly recommend that you head off to the local Onsen for a soothing soak in the natural hot springs that are a large part of Japanese culture. The experience of communal bathing in hot springs can be a bit challenging for some people at first but inevitability this is one of the aspects of Japanese culture that keeps people coming back.

When you get back from your ride our mechanic will take your bike and give it a wash and check it over ready for tomorrow. Once you have changed we will take your unwashed SEARCHTRAVEL cycling kit and wash and dry it for you.  We do this everyday and swap the washed kit for the unwashed kit after your ride each day.

After your ride, massage and Onsen we hope that the hustle and bustle of daily life will be a dim memory so now it is time for a nap or a bit of sightseeing before our evening cocktails and planning session at the hotel.

All Guests

After our evening cocktails and next day’s planning session, you are free to independently explore the many restaurants in town and select one that takes your fancy. We are happy to recommend one or two we have tried and tested if you don’t feel overly adventurous!

Sightseeing Outline

Following a tasty breakfast, you are ready to continue your discovery of Utsunomiya. The Futaarayamajinja Shrine (Temple), in the centre of town, was founded in 353 AD by the local fiefdom, and is the perfect place to begin your day and continue your discovery of Utsunomiya. The Futaarayamajinja Shrine is the very reason for the town’s existence as the town evolved around the shrine. It was built atop the hill as a stop for travelling shoguns and overlooks the town and surrounds below. Accessed via a large gateway and up a long ascending stairway, the walk up to the Shrine is worth the effort.

After spending some time taking in the serenity and ancient beauty of the shrine, make your way to the Utsunomiya Castle Ruins Park located near Futaarayama Shrine. The Castle Ruins, dating back to 1063AD, are what remain of a once massive castle that was once surrounded moat and walls, and framed by eight enormous turrets. Legend has it that the famous Edo shoguns stopped at the castle for a rest during their travels. A leisurely stroll around the reconstructed castle, over old foot bridges and through the manicured gardens is recommended, particularly during spring time when the park is full of cherry blossoms and lush greenery.

After a wonderful morning exploring the Utsunomiya temple and castle, we will head to Utsunomiya’s ‘Romantic Mura’ – a large nature park with an Onsen, a local brewery and a large food and shopping precinct with a magnificent Flower Dome (hydroponic glass garden) housing tropical plants, herbs, and orchids. The farmer’s market, flower shops and souvenir stores will delight all foodies and shopaholics. The observation deck atop the Utsunomiya Tower within the park offers striking views over the city and mountains and is especially beautiful when the cherry blossoms are out.

After lunch in the park you might be tempted to try out the Onsen which is reputed to have healing and calming properties. A fabulous way to truly immerse yourself in this unique Japanese tradition and wind down before heading back into town! For those wanting to shop ‘til they drop, then there is always more shopping on offer! Just south of Utsunomiya City is a great outdoor shopping mall where you will find a wide variety of specialty shops, local designer boutiques and larger big-brand stores. Be sure to check out the beautiful Kimonos, exquisite delicate fabrics and fine Japanese China…there are many treasures and souvenirs to choose from. There are also many restaurants within the shopping mall that offer a variety cuisine such as Indian and Italian, although it is hard to go past the Gyoza! After a day of walking and sightseeing, you will be ready for refreshments back at the hotel.

All Guests

After our evening cocktails and next day’s planning session, you are free to independently explore the many restaurants in town and select one that takes your fancy. We are happy to recommend one or two we have tried and tested if you don’t feel overly adventurous!

Day 3, Utsunomiya - Nikko

Today’s Ride
Utsunomiya to Nikko
Total route 88 km, 1,800 metres elevation (3:45)
Hotel
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel
Included meals
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

After a leisurely breakfast it is time to check-out and head out for our ride to our next hotel which is in Nikko. Our staff will take care of your luggage and ensure that it is in your hotel room when you arrive in Nikko later today. Our standard procedure is to have your bike ready and waiting for you at the front of the hotel so all you have to do is kit up and you are ready to go.

Today’s ride is one of contrasts. We start in the city of Utsunomiya and quickly enter the rural outskirts of the city which is characterised by a myriad of small farms and small towns in this region. The route we have selected takes us through National Parks where we follow the rivers towards the mountains of the Nikko region. The tranquillity and terrain make it hard to believe that we are riding in one of the most populous (people per square kilometre) countries in the word and the fresh country air adds to the illusion of being somewhere lost in time.

We will mostly ascend for the first 50km of today’s ride and for most of the first 40km the gradient is gentle and steady at under 4%. The final 10km to the summit average 7.6% including a couple of ramps of more than 10%. You will hardly notice the climbing though because the surrounding scenery is just stunning. Many of the trees are ancient cedars and Lakes, rivers and streams will be our constant companion.

We plan to reach our hotel in time for Lunch so you will have time for a visit to the Onsen and then we can join the sightseeing guests for lunch. After lunch you are free to have a massage, take in the sights of the gorge or continue with the sightseeing guests as they investigate some of the interesting cultural aspects of this beautiful region.

All guests

After our evening cocktails and next day’s planning session, we have arranged a group dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants. Hiromi, one of our many friends in Japan will attend the dinner to talk about the many Japanese customs associated with food and this particular region.

Sightseeing Outline

After a leisurely start to your morning and another lovely breakfast we leave Utsunomiya and head off to Nikko, a very popular location for local and international vacationers. A World Cultural Heritage site, Nikko is in fact home to some of the world’s most beautiful temples, lakes, springs and mountain ranges.

The town itself sits within the Nikko National Park at the foot of the mountains north of Tokyo. Originally a temple town servicing the three shrines – the Futara-san-jinja Shrine, the Toshogu Shrine and the Rin-no-ji Temple, it developed into a large city and more recently, a popular holiday destination.

Nikko’s famous cedar-lined road, also designated as a natural monument, forms part of the temple complexes and the entrance to the Nikko National Park. The most famous temple within the park is the World Heritage listed Toshogu Shrine (a Shinto temple), famed for its gilded Yomeimon Gate or ‘Sunset Gate’. Toshogu was established in 1617 as a lavish memorial for Tokugawa Ieyasu, founding ruler of the Tokugawa shogunate, or Edo Period. The dazzling ‘Sunset Gate’ is decorated with gold leaf, intricate carvings, and paintings of colourful flowers, dancing girls, mythical beasts and Chinese sages. According to legend, those responsible for building the shrine were so worried that the gate’s beauty and perfection might arouse envy in the gods, that they constructed the final supporting pillar upside down as a deliberate error! As you walk through the gate to the main sanctuary and the tomb you will be mesmerised by the splendour of this complex.

Close to the Toshogu Shrine are the equally famous temples of Rin-no-ji and Futara-san-jinja. Rin-no-ji is the oldest and was built in 766AD and a visit to the Futara-san-jinja shrine is said to bring happiness and marriage. Legend also has it that the sacred fountain in the Futara Shrine has water that restores youth! After a wonderful day of exploration and discovery you will be more than ready for a delicious Japanese meal in Nikko.

All Guests

After our evening cocktails and next day’s planning session, we have arranged a group dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants. Hiromi, one of our many friends in Japan will attend the dinner to talk about the many Japanese customs associated with food and this particular region.

Day 4, Nikko

Hotel
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel
Included meals
Breakfast | Lunch
Ride Outline

If you love the challenge of climbing big mountains then this is likely to be the pick of the ride days for you. Over 125km total distance and over 3,000 metres of climbing will challenge the strongest among us but don’t worry; our amazing ride hosts will get you through and if you decide not to ride the whole route then that is entirely up to you as it is “Your Tour – Your Choice”. We can assure you of an amazing day not matter how far you ride.

We will start the day with a fabulous breakfast in our hotel. The Kinugawa Onsen Hotel is well known for great food and the buffet breakfast is no exception, so don’t hold back as you will need to fuel up for the the big day ahead. As usual the staff will have your bike ready for you and all you have to do is kit up and step onto the bike.

Our route for today will head uphill from kilometre zero and we will continue to climb for the first 57km where we will reach 1,750 elevation. We will be riding through National Park forest and the scenery is both majestic and tranquil where for most of the time you can only hear the birds and the sound of your breathing. From Nikko we ride a large loop to Lake Chuzenji where we will meet up with the sightseeing group for lunch and a viewing of the famous wild Japanese Macaques (often referred to as ‘Snow Monkeys’) at the Kegon Waterfalls. This is a good point to stop riding if you have had enough for the day because the Chuzenjiko Onsen is close by and you can change into casual clothes and enjoy the rest of the day with the sightseeing guests. Even if you want to continue the ride we suggest that you change into casual clothes at the Onsen, have lunch and view the monkeys and then change into fresh kit for the second half of the ride.

Time to hop back on the bike and complete the rest of the ride which includes a loop around the East entry into Lake Chuzenji because it is a one way road and well worth doing the fast and technical decent twice. Then on to the hotel in Nikko for a well earned massage and afternoon nap before cocktail and briefing hour.

All Guests

After our evening cocktails and next day’s planning session, you are free to independently explore the many highly rated restaurants in Nikko and choose one that is to your liking. You will be spoiled for choice with the many options available in the town.

Sightseeing Outline

After a leisurely start to the morning and a delicious buffet breakfast, we will spend the day seeing wonderful sights and immersed in beautiful nature parks. We will begin with a visit to the fascinating architectural museum called Tobu World Square where you will see impressive reproductions of 102 world-famous buildings where famous World Heritage monuments and landmarks from around the world are replicated to scale. These include the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Acropolis and many more. A wonderful place to spend the morning, especially if you are interested in structures and landmarks from around the world. It’s like doing an around the world trip in two hours!

After your walk around Tobu World Square you will be ready for lunch. We will head down the road to meet up with the cycling group for lunch at the ‘The Edo Wonderland Edomura’ theme park. As the name suggests, this place is a remarkable remake of an Edo period ‘village’ which ruled during the Samurai Shogun period from1600 and the mid-1800s. You will feel like you have stepped back in time. You can sample traditional food from the period, enjoy a Ninja and Geisha show and immerse yourself in the culture and history of the village.

By now you will have noticed that the city of Nikko sits within a large National Park surrounded by wonderful mountains and nature reserves. Dotted with waterfalls, rivers, lakes, springs and wooded forests, the surrounding area is not only a favourite retreat for locals but for monkeys too! The national park is home to the famous wild Japanese Macaques, often referred to as ‘Snow Monkeys’ and a must see for anyone visiting the area. After our lovely lunch in the Edo village we will meet up with our local tour guide who will take us to the monkey hideout on the eastern shores of Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko), a scenic lake in the mountains above the town of Nikko, to the small hot spring town of Chuzenjiko Onsen. The town is the site of Kegon Waterfall, the most famous of several waterfalls in Nikko National Park and a usual hangout for the monkeys. The tour guide will provide a very informative account of the social structure of these monkeys and explain the meaning behind their play and social behaviours.

Following our wildlife experience, we will head back to our hotel where you can relax and re-energise before our evening cocktails and planning session.

All Guests

After our evening cocktails and next day’s planning session, you are free to independently explore the many highly rated restaurants in Nikko and choose one that is to your liking. You will be spoiled for choice with the many options available in the town.

Day 5, Nikko

Today’s Ride
Nikko to Nikko
Total route 90 km, 2,400 metres elevation (3:45)
Hotel
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel
Included meals
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Ride Outline

After yesterdays epic ride we have planned for you to have a sleep in and a leisurely breakfast to recharge the batteries.

We have a stunning ride planned which loops around Takaharayama and Mt Fuji with much of the ride within the ski fields, forest and on beautiful roads. It can get quite busy on these roads as they are a bit narrow but it is well worth putting up with some traffic as the scenery is amazing. You will be well protected by our follow vehicle and as we mentioned earlier, Japanese drivers are considerate and careful so you will feel safe at all times.

In April/May the blossoms should still be out and the maximum temperature is usually in the mid to high 20’s however temperatures can be much cooler in the mountains so you will need to have a day bag in the follow vehicle to ensure you are warm on the epic descents. This area does have snow in the Winter but the snow has usually cleared by late April so we should be fine to ride to the higher peaks to get the amazing views. In August the weather is usually very hot in Japan which is why people head into the mountains as temperatures can be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than on the plains.

The forests in this part of Japan have a beautiful diversity of trees with many hardwood varieties. The area is full of waterfalls, streams and rivers and it is difficult to adequately describe the incredible feeling of riding in this area; suffice it to say that you will remember that feeling long after you return to normal life back home.

When we arrive back at the hotel you have free time to relax, have a massage, spend time soaking in the Onsen or check out more of Nikko before our evening cocktails and planning meeting.

All Guests

After our evening cocktails and next day’s planning session, there will be a group dinner to mark the last night in Nikko.

Sightseeing Outline

For your last day in Nikko you have many choices; you might want to explore more of the history and culture of this unique town or simply wander around the city and do some shopping.

For those of you wanting more history and culture, The Tamozawa Imperial Villa (Palace) is a must see. With a history dating back to 1632, it has become an important National Cultural property. The palace and adjoining Onsen covers several hectares, with sprawling buildings, small courtyard gardens, and elaborate landscapes showcasing classic Japanese geometric designs. After a self-guided walking tour of the gardens and the Imperial castle, you can head back into the town to explore some of the art galleries which house traditional and modern art or browse through the speciality boutiques and exquisite antique stores that sell everything form antique silks and Kimonos to ancient relics and locally made handcrafts – this is a shopper’s delight!

For the foodies among you, sample the local traditional vegetarian restaurants serving meals originally designed by and for the Buddhist monks. An ideal lunch for an afternoon of shopping and sightseeing. Not to be missed are the traditional Japanese sweet stores where you can sample mouth-watering treats such as the famous Japanese ‘shaved ice’ – a deliciously refreshing treat on a hot day. Each sweet shop produces its own speciality of shaved ice, such as maccha (green tea) flavoured ice with a syrup made from strawberry, melon or bean jam poured over the top.

Finally, there are many large shopping malls with several floors of fashion, food, gifts and more. Ideal for the fashionistas and die-hard shoppers among you! The perfect way to end the day before heading back to the hotel.

All Guests

After our evening cocktails and next day’s planning session, there will be a group dinner to mark the end of our Nikko adventure.

Day 6, Nikko - Tokyo

Todays Ride
Nikko to Yashima Country Club
Total route 73 km, 1,300 metres elevation (3:00)
Hotel
Ascott Marunouchi Hotel Tokyo
Included meals
Breakfast | Lunch
Ride Outline

We transfer to Tokyo today but not until after we clock up a few more kilometres on the bicycles; this is the last ride of our tour. The plan today is to pack and prepare your luggage for checkout. While we head out for a point to point ride the staff will check you out and transfer your luggage to our new hotel in Tokyo. You will need a day bag because we conclude our ride at Yashima Country Club where you can shower and change ready for the trip to Tokyo.

We will ride from our hotel towards Nikko station and then into the ranges south of Nikko. The mountains are not as high as we have been riding over the past couple of days and the route tops out at 880 metres. They are however just as beautiful and we have selected a route that winds us through the forest and into the mountains before we descend into Kanuma on the western outskirts of Utsunomiya. The descent is not overly technical and the first 10 km of the descent is very fast because we drop more than 700 metres in 10 km with some gradients at -17%. The last part of the ride is along the valley road which follows one of the many rivers that flows down from the mountains into the Kanto plain. Small farms are also common along these roads as they nestle into the mountainside to take full advantage of the abundant rainfall and rich soil.

Once we reach Yashima Country Club you will have time for a shower and change of clothes before we eat lunch at the club. The cheese hamburger is always recommended however you should note that they do cheeseburgers differently in Japan. Different but still tasty!! Once lunch is over we head off in our support vehicles to Tokyo to join up with the other guests just in time for cocktails and a run down on the plans for tomorrow.

All Guests

For dinner tonight, you are free to independently dine at a place of your own choosing. We recommend that you check out the restaurants and eateries in and around Shibuya. Shibuya is not only known as one of Tokyo’s best shopping precincts, nightlife and entertainment districts, but it is also famous for its variety of local and international cuisines. From spicy Japanese hot pots and Nordic coffee to Italian pizza and Maine lobster, the area is full of excellent dining options for every appetite. Whether you’re looking for a bite on the go, or a traditional sit-down meal, you will find exactly what you want in Shibuya.

On your way back from dinner, make sure you see Akihabara, the incredible ‘electric city’. This area is stunning at night when all the neon signs and lights come on. The shops stay open until midnight so if you are shopping for anything electronic, then you must make your way to this shopping mecca after dinner.

Sightseeing Outline

After another leisurely start to the day and a delicious breakfast, we head to directly to Tokyo – prepare to be dazzled! There are so many things to do and see in Tokyo that it is hard to know where to begin… with the best shopping in Asia and the most fantastic monuments and sights in Japan, Tokyo is tourist heaven.

For a shopping experience that will be unforgettable, we will have a special shopping tour with a local ‘fashionista expert’ who will take us to the backstreets of Harajuku where you can buy the best fashion at affordable prices. Everything ranging from designer wear and famous brands to local labels and street-wear…it is shopping paradise!

We will also check out Harajuku station and bridge which has become the iconic showplace for Japanese youth culture and fashion where fans and aficionados of Japanese street fashion showcase their more theatrical styles and outfits. It is amazing to see the lengths they go to so that they can stand out in the crowd! This is people watching at its finest!

Last but not least, you will take a walk down the beautiful Omote Sando, often referred to as the Champs Elysee of Tokyo. With its beautiful wide tree-lined streets, numerous department and designer stores and funky cafes, this is the place to be seen. After your absolutely fabulous day of shopping you will be taken back to your exquisite hotel to relax and freshen up before cocktails and dinner…and afterwards for a night shopping experience in Shibuya or Roppongi.

All Guests

For dinner tonight, you are free to independently dine at a place of your own choosing. We recommend that you check out the restaurants and eateries in and around Shibuya. Shibuya is not only known as one of Tokyo’s best shopping precincts, nightlife and entertainment districts, but it is also famous for its variety of local and international cuisines. From spicy Japanese hot pots and Nordic coffee to Italian pizza and Maine lobster, the area is full of excellent dining options for every appetite. Whether you’re looking for a bite on the go, or a traditional sit-down meal, you will find exactly what you want in Shibuya.

On your way back from dinner, make sure you see Akihabara, the incredible ‘electric city’. This area is stunning at night when all the neon signs and lights come on. The shops stay open until midnight so if you are shopping for anything electronic, then you must make your way to this shopping mecca after dinner.

Day 7, Tokyo

Todays Ride
No planned ride today
Hotel
Ascott Marunouchi Hotel Tokyo
Included meals
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Outline for ride guests

After a leisurely start to your day and a scrumptious breakfast, you are ready to start your fabulous Tokyo adventure. A must see is the Imperial Palace and its surrounding gardens which are especially stunning during spring when all the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Close to the palace you will find several museums. For those with a passion for the arts, a visit to one or more of Japan’s famous galleries is a delight. In particular, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is one of Japan’s most impressive museums with both Asian art and famous works from 19th-century European paintings on show. The actual museum building and gardens are themselves exquisite and worth seeing. Make sure you relax for a while in the garden cafe where you can order a most divine morning tea!

After your museum visit and morning tea you are ready for a walk through the Nihonbashi district, the commercial centre of Tokyo. You will feel like you have been taken back in time as you walk past the bustling shops, many of which have been there for centuries. The area is home to a large variety of traditional shops that specialize in lacquerware, gold leaf, knives, chopsticks, sake, katsuobushi, seaweed and sweets. This is the perfect place to stop for lunch and sample some of the traditional local food. Interestingly, Japan’s very first department store still stands in the district’s centre.

One of the most stunning temples in Japan is the Sensoji temple; a stunning 7th century Buddhist temple close to Ginza and another must see in Japan. As you walk along the famous shopping strip ‘Nakamise’ that leads up to the temple you will pass many interesting and traditional vendors. This is a great place to have lunch and sample a variety of traditional and local food. Interspersed among the food stalls you will also find many quality souvenir and gift stalls. At the end of the shopping avenue is the majestic Sensoji temple with its intricate design and detail seen in the carvings. An impressive and spiritual sight to behold. Take a moment to reflect on your Japanese adventure and relax in the tranquil temple gardens before heading back to your 5-star hotel for cocktails and dinner.

All Guests

Tonight’s final group dinner will be at a local traditional restaurant where you can share some of your memories of the SEARCHTRAVEL Japan tour and farewell the people that have been a part of your adventure.

Outline for sightseeing guests

After a leisurely start to your day and a scrumptious breakfast, you are ready to continue your fabulous Tokyo adventure. A must see is the Imperial Palace and its surrounding gardens which are especially stunning during spring when all the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Close to the palace you will find several museums. For those with a passion for the arts, a visit to one or more of Japan’s famous galleries is a delight. In particular, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is one of Japan’s most impressive museums with both Asian art and famous works from 19th-century European paintings on show. The actual museum building and gardens are themselves exquisite and worth seeing. Make sure you relax for a while in the garden cafe where you can order a most divine morning tea!

After your museum visit and morning tea you are ready for a walk through the Nihonbashi district, the commercial centre of Tokyo. You will feel like you have been taken back in time as you walk past the bustling shops, many of which have been there for centuries. The area is home to a large variety of traditional shops that specialize in lacquerware, gold leaf, knives, chopsticks, sake, katsuobushi, seaweed and sweets. This is the perfect place to stop for lunch and sample some of the traditional local food. Interestingly, Japan’s very first department store still stands in the district’s centre.

One of the most stunning temples in Japan is the Sensoji temple; a stunning 7th century Buddhist temple close to Ginza and another must see in Japan. As you walk along the famous shopping strip ‘Nakamise’ that leads up to the temple you will pass many interesting and traditional vendors. This is a great place to have lunch and sample a variety of traditional and local food. Interspersed among the food stalls you will also find many quality souvenir and gift stalls. At the end of the shopping avenue is the majestic Sensoji temple with its intricate design and detail seen in the carvings. An impressive and spiritual sight to behold. Take a moment to reflect on your Japanese adventure and relax in the tranquil temple gardens before heading back to your 5-star hotel for cocktails and dinner.

All Guests

Tonight’s final group dinner will be at a local traditional restaurant where you can share some of your memories of the SEARCHTRAVEL Japan tour and farewell the people that have been a part of your adventure.

Day 8, Tokyo

Today’s Ride
No planned ride today
Hotel
Departure today
Included meals
Breakfast
Outline for ride guests

It is hard to believe that your time with us has come to an end but today is about getting ready for your journey on to your next adventure. Hopefully you will be heading on to other beautiful destinations but if you have to head home we are certain that you will be leaving with beautiful memories of an outstanding adventure with new found friends from this beautiful corner of Japan.

Our team will have already packed your bike bags and we will assist you to get underway with transfers to Narita airport or local train stations.

Outline for sightseeing guests

It is hard to believe that your time with us has come to an end but today is about getting ready for your journey on to your next adventure. Hopefully you will be heading on to other beautiful destinations but if you have to head home we are certain that you will be leaving with beautiful memories of an outstanding adventure with new found friends from this beautiful corner of Japan.

Our team will assist you to get underway with transfers to Narita airport or local train stations.

Price per person: € 3,450 p.p. (twin share)

Single occupancy supplement: €800

Booking: € 1,000 deposit p.p.

AUD 5,550 p.p. (twin share)

Single occupancy supplement: AUD 1,300

Booking: AUD 1,600 deposit p.p.

90 days prior to the tour departure date: balance due

You may also pay in full at the time of booking

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • 7 nights twin share* accommodation in 4+ star hotels
  • We safely deliver your bags to your room each time we change hotels

Transport

  • All transport from your designated pick up and drop off points with bike and one other bag
  • Transportation to and from planned tour activities

Support

  • Throughout your tour there will be a minimum of 2 hosts looking after you
  • Support vehicle and mechanical breakdown support on each ride
  • Experienced mechanics will ensure your bike is ready to ride upon arrival

Tour Activities

  • Entrance fees into planned tour activities 

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners and 1 afternoon tea are included in the price of this tour. On certain nights you will have the opportunity to explore the town you are in and choose your own restaurant for dinner.
  • We provide wine with every included dinner. Limits apply
  • We provide one Cocktail per person during our daily planning sessions

Other – Ride guests

  • 2 sets of  SEARCHTRAVEL Cycling Kit made by Marcello Bergamo (2 x knicks, 2 x jerseys, 1 x wind vest)
  • Sports Massages as required
  • Mechanical Support as required
  • Daily washing of SEARCHTRAVEL Cycling Kit
  • Prepare for your tour like a pro. We include a 3 month Pro CyclEd Training Plan in the cost of your tour.

What’s not Included

  • Airfares to and from the tour
  • Transportation to the pickup/drop off locations
  • Accommodation before and after the tour
  • Activities that are not organised and scheduled by Search Travel
  • Bikes/ helmets
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Laundry services

This tour is SOLD OUT. Please contact us for 2019 Bookings or GO CUSTOM for private groups