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Cycling in Japan: Routes, Resources & Guides

  • Kyoto and Lake Biwa Cycling Route - Rider Stories

    This rider stories post features Andy's 218km lap of Lake Biwa. See the route and some images from his epic Summer ride.
  • How to use your Garmin GPS in Japan (Free Map Download)

    If you want to use your Garmin GPS device in Japan then this post is for you. Download the free maps file and follow our step-by-step instructions to get your Garmin working today.
  • North Hills of Kyoto Cycling Guide and Route

    The hills to the north of Kyoto are stunning. Experience rolling hills, lush forests, isolated villages and scenery that will make you stop and appreciate the scene. Read our route and guide for maps, photos and tips for tackling the ride.
  • Cycle Route Planning & Navigating in Japan: The Beginner’s Guide

    Nearly everything you need to know about planning routes and navigating on the bike in Japan. Read about the best apps and sites to use, devices, creating routes, connecting to the internet and more.
  • When to go Cycling in Kansai? A Guide to the Seasons.

    If you are thinking of a cycling trip to Kansai but you aren't sure when to visit or want to know more about the weather conditions, then this post is for you. 
  • How to get to the Shimanami Kaido from Osaka: Orange Ferry Service

    The Orange Ferry service from Osaka to Shikoku gives cyclists another way to get to the stunning Shimanami Kaido cycling route and area. Read more about the Orange Ferry and start planning your trip today.
  • North Kyoto Cycling Route - Rider Stories

    This rider stories post features a beautiful 40km ride through the mountains and forests in the north of Kyoto. Short on time but want to ride? This route could be for you.
  • How to take a bike on a train in Japan

    Wondering if you can take bikes on trains in Japan? The answer is yes and this post explains the different trains and how to bag up a bike.
  • Osaka to Kyoto Cycling Guide and Route

    Cycling from Osaka to Kyoto is easy while also being hugely satisfying. Read up on our route and guide and start your adventure now.
  • Osaka Harbour Cycling Guide and Route

    Experience iconic landmarks, the extensive river network and the vast harbour of Osaka on this cycling route. At 40km the ride is the perfect length to get in a workout without being out the whole day.
  • Osaka to Minoh Cycling Guide and Route

    The Osaka to Minoh cycling route is a Globalwheels classic. Read our in-depth post which includes the route, photos, description of the different sections and also points to watch.
  • Osaka Cycling Routes

    Discover our top Osaka cycling routes and spots for one-day rides. Get yourself a bike and start exploring.