Discover the hidden gems of Kyoto on a one- or two-day cycling and sightseeing tour.
Cycling from Kyoto to Miyama and back to Kyoto. Discover the rustic rural scenery, old Japan, and local flavors away from the crowds and off the beaten paths.
Miyama, 60 km north of Kyoto, is a famous hamlet where traditional farmhouses with thatched roofs still exist. The idyllic, rustic scenery and the thatched roofs in combination convey an atmosphere of the old conventional Japan where people lived as one with the surrounding nature. A Japanese Ryokan (traditional inn) stay will round off this immersion into the traditional culture. You can soak in a hot spring bath and enjoy Kaiseki Ryori (traditional Japanese course dinner). Over two days, cruise through the countryside on small roads with little traffic to Miyama and back and end up in Kyoto's traditional western district of Arashiyama.
* There is a briefing the day before the tour at Sakura Sari at 18:00. You will bag your personal belongings with your bike.
Start from the cycling station in Kyoto and head north where Hanase pass awaits us right outside the city limits. The climb to the top of the key at 750 m is quite demanding and presents our biggest challenge. The country road to Miyama leads through small villages and is mostly free of traffic. Follow a river and climb the Sassari pass (700 m) before arriving in Miyama. In Miyama, stroll through the hamlet with its reed thatched houses nestled between vegetable and flower gardens and visit the local history museum. There is also an opportunity for a lunch break. After the hamlet, it is only a short ride to our Japanese ryokan accommodation, where you can relax in a hot spring bath. In the evening, you can enjoy Kaiseki cuisine, a refined cooking style consisting of many small dishes. It is a real treat not only for your taste buds but for your eyes as well.
Accommodation: Kajikaso or similar
Meals: Kaiseki dinner
After a traditional Japanese breakfast, continue the tour along small country roads. Climb halfway to sacred Mt. Atago and then drop down into wild and romantic Hozukyo Gorge. From there, a short, steep climb takes us to Kyoto's western district of Arashiyama. In Arashiyama, visit Otagi Nenbutsu Temple with more than 1000 stone Buddhist statues all around the temple ground and cruise through the traditional townscape lined with temples, shrines, and old houses and passing through the famous bamboo forest. From Arashiyama, head back to our starting point where the tour ends.
Meals: Breakfast (Kajikaso or similar)
This tour can be done as:
The minimum number of persons required for the tour to run is 1.
The maximum number of persons in a tour is 10.
Sakura Sari - pickup location for rental touring and rental e-bikes
12-13 Yoshidaushinomiyacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto 606-8302