The wonders of cycling in Japan never cease. An archipelago nation, the landscapes differ from mountains and volcanoes to meadows, river valleys and stunning coastlines. The country has some epic traffic-free cycle paths with paved surfaces, allowing you to explore vast forests and climb mountains in glorious peace. You can explore swathes of rural areas with ease, stopping at small villages to refuel with delicious local cuisine.
While the vast majority of the country is mountainous, you’ll find plenty of flatter cycle routes in Japan leading you past temples, rice paddies and fishing villages. In rural Japan, bikes are a popular way to get around for adults and children, and the moment you turn off a main road, the ways are lightly-trafficked. From switchback climbs in the Japanese Alps to island hopping in the far south, cycling through Japan’s majestic countryside is an adventure like no other.
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