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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.

Intermediate
04:18
44.9 mi
Difficult
04:31
45.1 mi
Difficult
05:14
48.5 mi
Difficult
03:57
39.6 mi
Difficult
05:19
49.2 mi
Difficult
05:44
53.8 mi
Intermediate
04:20
46.2 mi
Intermediate
04:57
51.5 mi
Difficult
05:20
51.9 mi
Difficult
06:24
61.7 mi
Difficult
07:18
75.6 mi
Intermediate
04:46
45.7 mi
Difficult
07:02
69.2 mi
Intermediate
01:14
11.8 mi
Intermediate
04:40
43.6 mi
Intermediate
01:50
17.5 mi
Intermediate
04:10
39.7 mi
Intermediate
04:49
44.3 mi
Intermediate
03:50
38.7 mi
Difficult
04:50
46.8 mi

Top 20 cycling routes in Japan

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    Intermediate
    04:18
    44.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    04:31
    45.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,825 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Difficult
    05:14
    48.5 mi
    9.3 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Difficult
    03:57
    39.6 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:19
    49.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:44
    53.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:20
    46.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:57
    51.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:20
    51.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    06:24
    61.7 mi
    9.6 mph
    3,525 ft
    3,525 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Difficult
    07:18
    75.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:46
    45.7 mi
    9.6 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    07:02
    69.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    3,500 ft
    3,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:14
    11.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Intermediate
    04:40
    43.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:50
    17.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:10
    39.7 mi
    9.5 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:49
    44.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:50
    38.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    04:50
    46.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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