Tour of Japan: Relive the Olympic spirit

  • Location

    Japan

  • Duration

    9 nights / 10 days

  • Length

    40 – 110 km

  • Climb

    350 – 2,000m

21 Jul 2022 - 30 Jul 2022

The Olympic Games in Japan have been spectacular, what a wonderful show of power and determination! In 2020 we have planned a tour that caters for the strongest cyclists, the weekend rider and also non-cyclists. As our tour was not possible to run due to restrictions, we will return to Japan in 2022 and follow the Olympic spirit, rolling down the paths that our heroes have crossed. We will explore the beautiful and diverse country and experience its historical culture. We will travel in an area near Tokyo that has sublime views of volcanic crater lakes, dormant volcanoes, and the iconic Mount Fuji. Of course, there will be ascents and descents on the flanks of Mount Fuji and other mountains, as well as flat, hilly terrain around the lakes.

We have already scouted out this tour and made sure it is absolutely stunning. This is a trip that offers something for all levels of riding skills. We have designed it so a newcomer to cycling can be challenged but achieve their goals; to the other extreme, where the experienced Strava cyclist will have optional extensions to push their limits.

Every rider will receive a Grand Tours Project cycle kit and musette bag. And of course, we have booked the most interesting and comfortable hotels and restaurants.

Grand Tours Project have something for everyone!

*In the 2022 edition, some routes will be modified and some extra activities will be added. Get in touch and receive the full information.

Total price: From €5,950

  • 7 days of riding on the beautiful Kanto and Chubu regions, around one of the most scenic places of Japan - the Mt Fuji
  • Discover Japan by riding your bike, while following the Olympic spirit, including the Olympic Villa and the race course of the 2020 Olympic Games
  • Ride part of the course of the Olympic Cycling Road Race and enjoy a special lunch stop on the best view point of Lake Yamanaka!
  • Ride an iconic climb on the flank of Mount Fuji – the famous “Fuji Subaru Line Climb”
  • Explore with a Local guide for one full day Tokyo city
  • Savour fantastic Japanese food, experience with locals the tradition and culture and relax in our hand-picked high quality hotels each evening
  • Expert local planning and experienced support from our GTP team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Bike Rental available on request (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent)
  • DAY 1

    日本へようこそ YOKOSO

    27km / 640m - Hilly

    Welcome to beautiful Japan. We will meet you at Haneda Tokyo Airport and transport you to our beautiful hotel on the northern side of Mount Fuji. After a light lunch, we will prepare the bikes and the riders have the opportunity to test ride their bikes in the beautiful garden of the hotel. This evening we’ll discuss the program at welcome drinks, followed by a dinner at the hotel. We think many of you will want an early night after a long journey!

    FUJI View Hotel ****
  • DAY 2

    Shoji, SAIKO, MOTOSU AND KAWAGUCHI LAKES LOOP

    82km / 520m - Flat / Hilly

    So many choices for rides! After a delicious breakfast we have decided that we will ride the beautiful roads around four lakes – Kawaguchi, Shoji, Saiko and Motosu. Make sure to fully charge the phones as there are many photo opportunities along the lake routes. The route is mainly flat so today is a relaxing ride.

    Once back at the hotel, we have the opportunity to swim in the refreshing waters of Kawaguchi Lake, next to our hotel with Mount Fuji in the background.

    FUJI View Hotel ****
  • DAY 3

    Kawaguchi to Fuji Subaru Line Climb

    70km / 1400m - Mountain

    We think everyone will be ready for today’s ride to Fuji Subaru Line Climb – its an iconic climb on the flank of Mount Fuji, but with an average gradient of 5%, it’s a long gentle climb and nothing to be afraid of. When we cross the peage we can stop for coffee and a break, regroup and continue to the summit. After the climb, you have an option of enjoying a long 25 km descent…or transferring by vehicle back to the hotel for some R&R.

    FUJI View Hotel ****
  • DAY 4

    LAKE YAMANAKA & THE OLYMPIC GAMES CIRCUIT RIDE

    60km / 350m - Hilly

    We ride from our hotel towards Lake Yamanaka and explore the shoreline, riding the road race circuit around this lake before stopping for our special lunch stop – it was a spot strategically chosen to watch the Olympic riders speed past us. When we are ready, we will head back to our hotel, where we will enjoy watching on TV the higlights of the race from the comfort of the hotel lounge with a cold Japanese beer in hand.

    FUJI View Hotel ****
  • DAY 5

    YAMANASHI & THE SOUTHERN ALPS – AKAISHI MOUNTAINS

    80km / 1000m OR 110km / 1200m - HIlly

    After breakfast, we’ll take a short transfer to Yamanashi to start today’s adventure. We head towards the Japanese Southern Alps, the famous Akaishi Mountains. Our destination is Minobu-san for lunch and to relax in the "onsen" a hot spring before transferring back to the hotel. During the evening, we will have our last dinner in the great Fuji View Hotel, enjoying a delicious traditional Japanese dinner.

    FUJI View Hotel ****
  • DAY 6

    LAKE KAWAGUCHI – LAKE ASHI

    70km / 1060m or 80km / 2,145m Hilly

    We depart from Fuji View Hotel today so make sure to have everything packed. Our bags will be transferred but we’ll ride from here to Lake Ashi, situated in the heart of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park.

    For those guests seeking an additional challenge, we can offer you another Mount Fuji climb – Fuji Azami.

    Back at the Hotel Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko, we can relax and watch some of the Olympic events of the day in the lounge of the hotel or dive into a Japanese cultural experience around the area.

    The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko****
  • DAY 7

    LAKE ASHI, Izu Skyline & FUJI HAKONE IZU NATIONAL PARK

    45 - 60 km / 850 m Hilly

    We have a leisurely start today. When everyone is ready, we’ll set off to explore peaceful Lake Ashi – a delightful oasis close to major Japanese cities. Lake Ashi is a crater lake with stunning views to Mount Fuji and numerous hot springs and ryokan (Japanese inns). After riding one side of the lake, we will go to Izu Skyline, riding with amazing views of the Mt. Fuji. Then we will come back along the seashore of Atami. After our ride, we can spend some time at a traditional onsen or explore more of Fuji Izu National Park.

    The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko****
  • DAY 8

    HAKONE VOLCANIC REGION RIDE

    40 km / 450 mts Hilly

    We have a packed day ahead of us. We’ll start early so we can explore the beautiful undulating Hakone area, visiting Owakudani, to ovserve the volcanic activity. We will stop at the vibrant red Hakone Shrine at the foot of Mount Hakone and on the shores of Lake Ashi.

    Back to the hotel for shower and check out and then we’ll transfer to a beautiful Japan location on our way to Tokyo. We will have a great lunch and some special activities, getting to know the Japanesse culture. By the early evening we will head to our next Hotel in Tokyo. Once we get to Tokyo, we will have time for a relax walk and then a traditional dinner nearby.

    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba*****
  • DAY 9

    TOKYO EXPLORER DAY

    Today we will explore the fantastic city of Tokyo. We can have a leisurely wake-up and then hit the Asakura streets in central Tokyo for a sightseeing tour followed by a traditional lunch. We can visit Tokyo Tower and Taishakuten Temple. There will be also a range activities and events that our team will suggest at the beggining of the trip, to make sure you get to know the best kept secrets of Tokio!

    Our last dinner will be arranged in a special Japanese restaurant.

    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba*****
  • DAY 10

    さようなら SAYONARA

    It's departure day and after breakfast, we will bid farewell to new friends before transferring you to Haneda Tokyo Airport.

    Riding in Japan following the Olympics spirit in truly stunning environments and in a vastly different culture is amazing, and we hope that you will consider future tours here. Perhaps you would like to extend your time in Japan and keep exploring the beautiful Japan – let us know.

    Until next time, safe journey home.