Sea of Japan Bike Tour (Self-guided)

Cycling and hiking in amazing nature, small towns and coastlines at your own pace.

4 days
Yamagata, Niigata


  • Cycle around picturesque countryside towns and coastal roads
  • Stay at a ryokan with a superb riverside view
  • Climb one of the Three Holy Mountains of Dewa


Embark on a self-guided Sea of Japan bike tour. Cycle along Niigata and Yamagata's coastal towns.  Bike in the picturesque countryside, stay at a riverside ryokan, and climb a holy mountain! Discover at your own pace what Niigata and Yamagata have to offer. 


Tour itinerary

Day 1

You'll start off at Niigata station in the afternoon, where you will pick up and check your bikes before starting your cycling tour. You'll be cycling along the coast of Niigata city all the way up to Sakamachi station, where you will make a right and cycle along the Arakawa river. After that, you'll soon reach Takanosu onsen, your accommodation for the night.
Distance: Around 75 - 80 km
Elevation: On the low side, and makes for an easy ride.
Accommodation: Takanosu onsen
Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Have a leisurely breakfast at Takanosu Onsen while admiring the mountainous landscape surrounding the area. After that, continue cycling from Takanosu Onsen to Murakami city, via the Mount Ohira route. Once at Murakami city, have lunch here and explore the salmon drying facility for an understanding of the city's affinity to salmon. After that, we will head to the coastal area for a cycle, before reaching Denden no Yado, our accommodation for the night, where you will have dinner and rest.
Distance: Around 125 km.
Elevation: Maximum of 400 metres steady climb from Takanosu Onsen to Murakami (first 40 km), then flat roads from Murakami to the coast, then to accommodation.
Accommodation: Denden no Yado (田田の宿)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3
After breakfast today, cycle south along the Aka river before going East to the starting point of Dewa Sanzan. Park your bicycles near the information centre, then climb Mount Haguro. Have lunch at the top of the mountain before coming down, then cycle to Naa restaurant, for your Tsuruoka food tour experience - as the only city in Japan awarded the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, this tour gives you an insight into Tsuruoka's rich food culture. Have a dinner prepared with local ingredients at the site. After the tour, head back to Denden no Yado for the second night and rest.
Distance: Around 50 km.
Elevation: On the low side, and makes for an easy ride.
Accommodation: Denden no Yado (田田の宿)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4
After breakfast, cycle to Shonai Airport, where your bikes will be picked up. Depart Shonai Airport with the 12:50 pm flight.
Meal: Breakfast

Important information

Included in price

  • Bicycle rental and gear for 4 days
  • Delivery of bikes to Niigata station
  • Pick up of bikes from Shonai Airport
  • All breakfasts
  • Two lunches and two dinners
  • Accommodation for all 4 nights

Not included

  • Transport to Niigata station on Day 1
  • Flight from Shonai Airport to Tokyo Haneda on Day 4
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal shopping expenses

Minimum number of persons required for the tour to run is 1.
Maximum number of persons in a tour is 4. 

Know before you book

  • Cancellation
    4 weeks prior to the day of your trip: 10% of tour price
    2 weeks prior to the day of your trip: 40 % of tour price
    1 week prior: 50 % of tour price
    On the day, no-show: 100 % of tour price

Starting point

Niigata Station South Central Exit
1 Chome-1-1 Hanazono, Chuo Ward, Niigata, 950-0086

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Organised by Japan Travel KK

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