Welcome to Oka Tours! -Specialists in bike tours in Japan

We offer deluxe cycling trips in Japan mainly for non-Japanese guests visiting or living in Japan. Traveling by bicycle is an ideal way to explore Japan and enjoy its beautiful nature, delicious foods, natural hot spring baths and cultural heritages. If you are looking for a genuine and unforgettable vacation experience, you will most likely find it with us.

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Sado Island, located in the Sea of Japan, is a perfect destination to discover the unspoiled beauty of Japan. Despite its remote location, Sado Island is a treasure house of culture as it was an island of exile for intellectuals in the medieval times. You will ride along coasts and through fishing villages, enjoying spectacular ocean views and fresh seafood. We plan to include some extra-curricular activities such as Japanese drum lesson, pottery making lesson, and a ride on a taraibune (tub boat).

Trip Highlights

  • Ride on spectacular coastal roads on this remote island
  • Stay at charming ryokans (Japanese-style inns)
  • Gourmet food featuring freshest seafood
  • Visit a traditional local festival in Hamochi - a truly unique experience
  • A variety of cultural activities including Japanese drumming and pottery making

Minimum number of guests required for guaranteed departure: 4
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Echigo-Nagano (37km)
    Meet in Tokyo in the morning and transfer to Nagaoka by the Shinkansen (bullet train; takes about 2 hours). Our warm up ride starts in Nagaoka, following quiet back roads out of the city that eventually lead to beautiful countryside. Our accommodation for the first night is a rustic ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) with onsen (natural hot spring bath) situated in a small valley.
  • Day 2 : Niigata (59km)
    After breakfast we hit the road to Niigata, one of the first five Japanese ports opened for foreign trade after the end of National Seclusion in 19th century. We ride through rice fields and then along the Shinano-gawa River. After lunch, we take a water shuttle to downtown Niigata. In the evening, we go out for dinner in Furumachi (the old town district). We stay at a western-style hotel.
  • Day 3 : Shukunegi (40km)
    In early morning, we visit the Hakusan morning market and stroll through stalls selling fresh local produces (optional). After breakfast, we set off for a journey from the port of Niigata to Sado Island by a jetfoil. Upon arrival in Sado Island, we start cycling downhill on quiet road and then ride along the coastline towards Shukunegi. Our ryokan for the next two days is a beautiful conversion of an old Japanese house.
  • Day 4 : Shukunegi (33km)
    In the morning, we cycle around cape Sawasaki and its surrounding areas, along magnificent coastline and hills. We spend the afternoon in Shukunegi, a picturesque preserved village that prospered from ship building and shipping business during the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries). We take a Japanese drum lesson and ride a taraibune (tub boat).
  • Day 5 : Aikawa (58km)
    We head north through peaceful hills and fields in the morning. En route we swing by a local festival in Hamochi town. If we are lucky we can see an interesting fertility dance called Tsuburosashi there. We then visit a Buddhist temple with stunning buildings and a garden. After lunch we ride along the western coast of the island. Our destination is Aikawa, which prospered from its gold mine during the Edo period (17th to 19th centuries). We stay at a ryokan with onsen.
  • Day 6 : Futatsukame (56km)
    In the morning we spend time taking a pottery making lesson followed by a visit to the old gold mine to see what it used to be like in old days. Then we ride in a region of the most dynamic and magnificent landscape of the island through rolling hills along the coastline passing fishing villages, which include some steep climbs and spectacular down hills. We stay at a comfortable inn situated on a cliff near Futatsugame (two turtle-shaped giant rocks) enjoying stunning ocean views.
  • Day 7
    Following breakfast, we leave Sado Island and return to Niigata by jetfoil. Once at the Niigata train station, it is time to say goodbye to your leader/guide. You take the Shinkansen (bullet train), and arrive in Tokyo in the early evening.
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What's Included

  • All lodgings on a double occupancy basis. A limited number of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge on most tours. If you are a single traveler, please inquire for room availability and a single supplemental charge.
  • Meals (6 breakfasts and 6 dinners. Lunch is not included.)
  • Guides and van support
  • Rental cross bikes (or road bikes with a supplemental fee of 5,000yen). If you would like to rent a road bike, please ask for availability in advance.
  • Any ground/ocean transportations (except for private taxis)
  • Fee for Japanese drum lesson, pottery making lesson and a ride on taraibune (tub boat).
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Dates Cost per person Reserve your tour
Jun.11-17, 2017 JPY310,000 CLOSED

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