Mt.Fuji Foothills/Izu – challenging

Mt. Fuji, rising above the clouds, is the symbol of Japan and has provided a spiritual basis for the Japanese since ancient times. Five lakes along the northern foot of Mt. Fuji (collectively called Fuji-Goko) offer the best and closest views of the mountain on a clear day. Located south of Mt. Fuji, the Izu Peninsula extends into the Pacific Ocean. With its mild climate, dynamic terrains, many scenic spots, and excellent natural hot spring spas, the area is one of the best cycling destinations in Japan. Our ride starts in the Fuji-Goko area approaching the Izu Peninsula via the foot of Mt. Fuji. Our ride ends in Shimoda at the Peninsula’s southeastern tip. You stay at a casual western-style hotel on the first night and at a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) with onsen (natural hot spring bath) on the second night, enjoying excellent local foods.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Fuji Five Lakes to Numazu (101km)

In the morning, we meet in Shinjuku and transfer by bus (takes approximately 2 hours) to the Fuji-Goko area where our ride starts. We ride around the Fuji five lakes, including Kawaguchi-ko, Sai-ko, and Motosu-ko. Then we descend to Fujinomiya via Asagiri-Kogen heights and then around Mt. Fuji's southern foot. The last 15km towards Numazu is on a relaxing path on the sea-bank. (Dinner included)

Day 2 : Matsuzaki (73km)

We head south into the Izu Peninsula on cycling paths along quiet rivers to Yugashima. After a lunch break, we start climbing hills towards Nishina pass at the Izu Peninsula ridge. You can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view there. Then we descend on quiet forested roads until we reach the coast. We then ride into Matsuzaki, one of the main fishing port towns on the Peninsula's west coast. We stay at a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) with onsen (natural hot spring). (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3 : Shimoda (55km)

We ride through rolling hills along the Peninsula's rugged southern coastline, including some steep climbs and spectacular downhills. We stop by Iro-Zaki Point, the southern tip of the Peninsula. It is a scenic spot with a lighthouse and towering cliffs, from which we can enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. We continue along the coastline to Shimoda, where our ride ends. Shimoda is known as the port city that the American fleet entered in the 19th century to demand trade with Japan, which was under a national isolation policy. There are many historic sites in the city that relate to the opening of Japan. After brief sightseeing in the city and time permitting a dip in an onsen bath, you say goodbye to the guide and catch a Tokyo train. You arrive in Tokyo at around 6pm. (Breakfast included)