Kyoto Cycling Tour - Discover the Stunning Northern Hills
LocationHead north past Arashiyama and into the stunning hills north of Kyoto
Time & Distance4 to 4.5 hours total, around 72km of flat, hill climbs, downhill & river paths
IncludesNative English or Japanese guide, insurance, drinks (bike reserved separately)
This Kyoto Bike Tour will take you on a wonderful yet challenging cycling route that will take you beyond the city lines of North Kyoto and into the hills that make the backdrop of beautiful Kyoto.
The tour is for intermediate to advanced cyclists that hit an elevation 400 metres, however, beginners are also welcome. The main goal of the tour is to discover the amazing nature and cycling routes that are easily accessible from Kyoto city.
The route takes in a variety of cycling that quickly passes through the popular Arashiyama area before tackling the progressive climb that leads to the way to the forested areas of Takao and Yamanaka.
There is the option to stop at the secluded Kosanji Temple. The scenery is spectacular with the sound of white water ebbing its way down to Kyoto, on both the outbound and inbound legs of the route. The winding roads up the mountain are a cyclist's dream and not to be missed.
Some pictures from the tour
- Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday in November and most of December. See calendar >
- Start time: 09:30 meet 10:00 start | Cycling finish time: Around 15:30
- Start and finish location: Globalwheels Kyoto shop - very close to Matsuo Taisha station
- 6,000 yen for the tour
- 5,000 yen for a road bike (11,000 yen total)
- 4,000 yen for a touring bike (10,000 yen total)
What to bring:
- Water, drinks
- Suitable clothing for cycling
- If you request certain pedals, please bring your shoes
How to Reserve
To reserve your place on the tour you need to:
1. Choose your tour date from the calendar
Select from available dates for the tour from the tour product page. Add the tour to your cart and continue shopping
2. Choose your bike
Check available bikes by viewing a bike's product page and entering the tour date in the start and finish fields in the calendars. You'll be able to book the bike if it's available, it will be greyed out if not.
After adding the tour and bike to the cart, proceed to checkout and finalise the reservation.
GuidesExperienced and Friendly native English and Japanese speaking guides. Read more about our guides below.
InsuranceAll cyclists are covered with third party insurance which covers property and person up to 200,000,000 yen.
StorageWe have space to store any bags or luggage at our shop while we are out on the tour.
Elevation Gain: 1,182m
View on Strava
To read more about the area and the route please see our Kyoto northern hills cycling guide and route.Northern Kyoto Hills Guide and route >
About the Guides
Ian, Gareth and Chris have been cycling and exploring greater Osaka and Kansai for a combined time of more than 25 years. Gareth has lived, worked and biked around Osaka and Kansai for 15 years. Ian has been living and wheeling around Osaka for 10 years and Chris is a recent arrival to Japan but already has some solid cycling and adventuring experience under his belt.
Ian and Gareth are both co-founders of Globalwheels and are committed and passionate about helping tourists, adventure seekers and residents explore and discover Japan by bike. Chris is English, loves bikes, travel, the great outdoors and is excited to help others experience magic moments in Japan.
Gareth McCreadyCyclist, nearly pro-mechanic, GW General Manager
Ian MichieColnago lover, amateur designer, GW General Manager
Chris NewberyHandyman, explorer, happy on two wheels
Join the Kyoto Cycling Tour
Want to join our Kyoto Cycling tour? Click the button below and reserve your place from the tour product page.
Don't forget to reserve a bike for the tour, they are added to the cart separately.Book now
Keep these in mind
Any tour booking can be cancelled and fully refunded up to 5pm of the previous day that the tour will start. If you cancel after 5pm of the day before, we offer a 50% refund.
Guests must be at least 145cm in height. We unfortunately don't have bikes for people shorter than 145cm. Ability to ride a bike and basic fitness is also required. The route is fine for beginners but we will cycle up a couple of hills.
If you have any questions about the tour, the guides or Globalwheels please get in touch via email or social media and we'll be happy to help.
We kindly request that all bookings and payments be made through our website. In some cases we can accept cash payment at our shop but get in touch in advance.
Still have questions about the tour? Please get in touch.Get in touch >