I founded Planet Adventure for a very personal reason.
I’ll never forget the time I was on a U.S. cycling tour and one of my bike buddies asked me, “Do they have cycling tours in Japan? Is it doable?”
This question really hit home for me because there’s so much I want to share about cycling in Japan. In terms of all the conditions that matter-- climate, landscape, geographical scale, infrastructure and scenery, Japan is ideal cycling country. Just take a few steps outside of the major urban centers like Tokyo and Osaka, and you’re on abundant, gorgeous suburban and rural roads with little traffic. And domestically, Japanese are cyclists par excellence. Just about every week, there are century races all over the country, hill climbing events, gran fondo road races and more.
In Japan, compact terrain bursting with beautiful, easily accessible mountains and valleys make for cycling routes rich in satisfying challenges and ever-changing scenery. Aside from the quality of the routes, Japan itself is one of the safest countries you’ll ever visit. And in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the key word for the entire nation is omotenashi, the Japanese word for truly thoughtful hospitality.
As I tried to explain all this to my touring partner in the U.S., I became eager to share the joys of cycling in Japan with everyone. There’s nothing like riding through beautiful country, getting to know the people there, learning about local culture and enjoying fantastic local food.
I founded Planet Adventure as a way of sharing all of this in smart, easy, fun tours you won’t find anywhere else. Do we cycle in Japan? You bet we do! Come join us at Planet Adventure.