2019 One-Day Cycling Tour to Uji and Fushimi: Tea, Sake, Zen (guided or self supported)

Discover more of Kyoto during this one-day cycling tour: sample exquisite green tea, learn about sake brewing, immerse in Zen

1 day
Kyoto

Highlights

  • Cycling to Uji, a traditional city with a rich tea culture
  • Explore the area of old sake breweries and ware houses in Fushimi and learn about sake brewing
  • Experience Zen culture at Manpukuji temple with its very distinctive Chinese appearance

Description

We visit two suburban districts in the south of Kyoto: Uji, which many people in Japan associate with green tea, and Fushimi, which is a traditional hub of sake brewing. Between the two districts lies Manpuku-ji temple, the head temple of the Obaku Zen School, which has preserved a distinctive Chinese appearance. The area of traditional sake breweries and warehouses in Fushimi has served as a backdrop in many films. On the way back we will visit Fushimi Inari shrine with its thousands of red shrine gates and cruise through the temple precincts of archaic Kofukuji Zen temple.This tour introduces several aspects of Japanese tradition at locations where they have existed for centuries.

Details

Tour Itinerary 

One-Day Tour: 50 km (400 m elevation gain)

From our bike station we cycle southbound to Uji through the traditional area of Hino. On the way we climb two hills of less than 300 m in elevation although the second climb that takes us to the village of Sumiyama has some steep gradients. From Sumiyama the road drops down to the Uji-gawa river which we cycle along to the city of Uji and cruise through the traditional townscape where many temples, shrines and tea shops stand side by side. In Uji we visit the famous Byodo-in temple. Surrounding the temple are many tea shops where you can try green tea in all its manifestations in drinks, desserts, ice-cream and noodles. From Uji we cycle to Manpuku-ji, head temple of the Obaku Zen School, with its very unique Chinese appearance. We then continue along the Uji-gawa river to Fushimi and its many old sake breweries and warehouses. We visit the Gekkeikan Sake Museum where you will become acquainted with the production process of sake. The road back leads us to famous Fushimi Inari shrine where we can stroll through its thousands of red shrine gates. After a short ride through a traditional neighborhood we arrive at Tofukuji Zen temple and cruise through its archaic temple precincts. From there it is a short ride back to our starting point.


This tour can be done as a s
elf-supported 1-day tour.
Price: 6,000 yen per person (using rental touring bike)
Price: 9,000 yen per person (using rental e-bike)

Contact us with your preferred self-supported tour dates for rental bike availability. 

Important information

Minimum number of participants per tour is 4. 
Maximum number of participants per tour is 10. 

This tour includes

  • Touring bikes with 27 gears including a handlebar bag. (E-bikes are available for an extra 7,000 yen fee)
  • Entrance fees for Byodo In, Manpukuji, Gekkeikan Sake museum (guided tour)
  • Guide fee

This tour does NOT include

  • Transportation to/from tour starting/ending point
  • Drinks and meals

Know before you book

  • Cancellation: 2 days prior to the day of your trip – 40 %,
    1 day prior – 50 %,
    On the day – 100 %, No-show – 100 %
  • This tour is not very demanding. The terrain is mostly flat or downhill, apart from the initial two climbs, the second of which has some steep gradients.
  • This tour can also be self-guided. We will provide the route for navigation by cycle computer or smart phone and make the accommodation bookings.
  • The self-guided tour can be done starting from one person.

What you need to bring

  • Clothing and shoes for cycling according to the season including rain jacket.
  • If you use a smart phone for navigation you need a power bank to recharge the phone.
  • Self supported touring requires the free Navigation app Komoot.

Meeting point

The meeting point is Sakura Sari restaurant near Kyoto University. City bus stop is “Kyodai Seimon mae (Bus No 206, 201) or 10 minutes on foot from Keihan Demachiyanagi station. Tel. (075) 204-2319

Organised by Japan Travel KK

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