The 3 villages bike tour

A unique chance to experience a more rural side of Japan only a short ride away from Kyoto. After leaving the city behind we’ll ride along rivers, past rice fields, vegetable groves and cedar forests to the village of Ohara. There, we’ll visit one of the oldest and finest temples in the Kyoto area, take a stroll in its beautiful gardens dotted in places with some unusual stone statues peeking out from the moss, maybe contemplate the gardens while sipping a cup of  green tea. Later, after a few up and downs we’ll enter a new valley and head for Kibune, our second destination of the day, where we’ll have a well deserved lunch in one of the restaurants lining up along the mountain stream that runs through this quaint village. After lunch and a short and easy ride, we’ll reach our final destination, the historical village of Kurama where you’ll get the option of soaking in a natural outdoor hot spring set at the foot of the mountain, the best way to relax those tired muscles before heading back to Kyoto. Not bad for a day out in the country! 
We generally leave at 9am, however departure time might vary slightly depending on the season, and on events in the area.

Central Kyoto: the water tour
Kyoto to Arashiyama by bike
Miyama: two-days bike tour
Takao to Arashiyama hike
Walking night tour of the Higashiyama District

<p>- Start from Sanjo, in the heart of Kyoto <br></p><p>- Follow upstream the Kamo and Takano rivers</p><p>- Ride to the picturesque village of Ohara</p><p>- Visit Sanzen-in temple and its beautiful gardens</p><p>- Leave Ohara, cross the Ebumi pass and enter the Kibune valley.</p><p>- Visit Kibune Shrine and have lunch in a restaurants by the river.</p><p>- Leave Kibune and ride to the village of Kurama Spa.</p><p>- Visit Yuki Shrine (optional).</p><p>- Experience a Japanese outdoor bath at Kurama Spa (optional).</p><p>- Head back to Kyoto on a mostly downhill ride.</p>

Included in the price:

  • - My time and service as your guide
  • - My transportation, lunch and entrance fees
  • - Bike and helmet rental

Not included

  • Not included in the price
  • - Lunch, refreshments and snacks during the ride
  • - Admission fee at Sanzenin (700yen)
  • - Entrance fee (1000yen) and, if needed, towel rental (bath/face towel 400/200yen) at the hot spring.
  • It is strongly advised for travelers to have their own insurance.
How long is this tour?

It’s just short of 50 km.

How fit do I need to be?

The tour can be challenging, particularly in the hot season, it’s mostly hilly and requires a good level of fitness.

I'm fit but I don't have much cycling experience, can I still join?

Of course, however familiarity with using a bicycle with gears is an advantage.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the season and shoes suitable for exercising. Jeans are NOT recommended
Bring also sunglasses or some eye protection and a hat.

Do you ride on busy roads?

The tour follows dedicated cycling paths and minor countryside/mountain roads. We will ride only short sections on main roads.

Do you ride if it rains?

The tour is cancelled if the previous day the weather forecast gives a chance of rain over 50%. You will be notified by 8pm the evening previous to your departure. In the event of sudden morning rain, please get in touch by email or call and we will discuss together the best course of action.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

The 3 villages bike tour