Taste of Japan Bike Tours
what we do
Taste of Japan Bike Tours is a travel company and cycling tour operator based in Japan. Our extensive experience in the travel and sports industries play a key role in our ability to develop meaningful itineraries and efficient routes for your cycling journey.
Taste of Japan Bike Tours currently offers Shimanami and Beyond, a series of three nine-day cycling journeys that start at Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture and travel across the islands of the Seto Inland Sea via the Shimanami Kaido before setting forth into a deeper exploration of west Japan.
In Summer/Fall 2020, we’ll also be introducing shorter cycling journeys around Nagano and abbreviated versions of the Shimanami and Beyond trips. More bike tours are in the pipeline – keep an eye on our website!
All of our bike tours provide the services necessary to ensure a comfortable experience. Each trip comes with two bike guides (including at least one certified bike mechanic), support vehicle (SAG wagon), and designated driver.
why travel with us
Our bike tours aren’t focused on logging epic miles and eye-popping elevation. Taste of Japan Bike Tours always endeavors to strike the balance between cycling and tourism. Our guests value interacting with people, learning new things, and trying something different.
So, whether it’s a crash course on riding public transportation or eating sushi without offending the chef, our local team members actively provide the context to make your trip come alive and the insight to consciously engage with the culture.
Explore the country with real people who enjoy cycling and call Japan home. Join us for a real taste of Japan.
who we are
Taste of Japan Bike Tours is a joint venture managed by Samurai Sports and Ridas: The Bicycle People. Since 2018, Ridas and Samurai Sports have combined forces and come together to craft interesting itineraries, develop our services, and carefully prepare each bicycle journey to deliver a comfortable, safe, and rewarding experience. Together, our collaboration makes Taste of Japan Bike Tours possible.
Conceptually, our cycling adventures in Japan were borne over a multitude of discussions at hazily lit izakayas in 2018, followed by hours of meticulous planning and video teleconferencing in 2019. Our first bike tours took off on an experimental basis in fall 2019 with several groups of friends from the United States. While a mixed blessing, the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 gave us the time to fine-tune our services and itineraries to produce unforgettable bike tours around Japan.
Ridas are advocates of the cycle tourism industry and immensely knowledgeable of cycling routes throughout Japan. Led by Hisa, the Ridas team bring a wealth of information and resources valuable to the continued development of Taste of Japan Bike Tours. With their eye for detail and keen attention to guests, they’re an ideal partner to Samurai Sports expanding scope of services.
On the other hand, Samurai Sports has built a name and following in Japan’s sports and tourism industries. Through sports, fitness activities, and unique cultural insight, Samurai Sports has supported international residents and visiting tourists explore Japan in unique ways since 2017. The Samurai Sports team work year-round catering to an English-speaking audience eager for an authentic taste of Japan.
the samurai sports team
Taste of Japan Bike Tours are organized by Samurai Sports. Since 2017, Samurai Sports has offered English support and consulting services in Japan’s sports & tourism industry. Through sports events, fitness activities, and unique cultural insight, Samurai Sports supports international residents and visiting tourists explore Japan.
Samurai Sports is based on the idea of breaking down the barriers that often dissuade international visitors and foreign residents from fully taking advantage of fitness opportunities throughout Japan. By collaborating directly with local agencies and institutions, Samurai Sports provides a wide range of services that cater to an English-speaking audience.
our cycling guides
Taste of Japan Bike Tours are led by licensed, professional cycling guides Hisa, Zac, and Geoffrey. All three are part of Ridas, a bike shop located in Shiga Prefecture and managed by Hisa.
Our cycling guides were either born and raised in Japan or are long-term residents of 20 years or more. Hailing from a wide range of backgrounds and roots, their experiences in Japan are deeply rich and varied. Despite their different stories, their passion for cycling, broad knowledge base, and an eagerness to showcase the best of Japan combine to produce the most optimal cycling adventure.
We believe our cycling guides are the special ingredient that truly make Taste of Japan Bike Tours. After all, if you’re going to discover Japan, shouldn’t you do so with people who live in Japan and consider Japan ‘home’?