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Kyoto & Nara Explorer Cycle & Walk 5D4N, Self Guided (with Support Vehicle)

Kyoto & Nara Explorer Cycle & Walk 5D4N, Self Guided (with Support Vehicle)

Kyoto & Nara Explorer Cycle & Walk 5D4N, Self Guided (with Support Vehicle)


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Route: Kyoto - Kurama - Ohara - Uji - Nara

Explore some of Japan's natural and man-made treasures on foot and by bike on a five-day, four-night exploration of the extraordinary surroundings of Kyoto and Nara. This fully-supported tour offers the ideal introduction to a region rich in cultural heritage, ancient folklore and iconic landscapes. Experience days filled with discovery before relaxing in comfort each night in traditional Japanese lodging.

The tour begins in Kyoto and from here explores the mountains and valleys of a unique and unspoilt region. Over five fascinating days, the tour takes in the most picturesque and culturally significant locations surrounding Kyoto and Nara including the hot springs at Kurama; the quaint town of Ohara, surrounded by rice paddies and famed for its temples, beautiful gardens and local produce market; the ancient township of Sakamoto; the beautiful city of Uji and the plantations of Wazuka, where Ujicha tea is grown. This multi-faceted itinerary combines hiking, cycling and sightseeing allowing time at each stop for further exploration and discovery.

Accommodation each night is at a different location in traditional Japanese lodging, close to local attractions. Enjoy country-style home cooked meals utilising local, seasonal ingredients before retiring to your comfortable private room and awakening to a hearty breakfast and a day full of fascinating adventures.

This immersive tour includes four nights handpicked Japanese accommodation, meals as mentioned in the itinerary, fully supported cycling, equipment hire and luggage transfers. You will be collected from Kyoto to begin the tour and transferred to Nara at its conclusion.

Step back in time and experience the rich heritage, striking mountain scenery and charming local hospitality of an iconic Japanese destination. Escape the pace of modern-life and immerse in the traditions of an ancient culture, exploring revered religious shrines and temples nestled in idyllic rural locations.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily year round on request.

Dates or itineraries don't fit?
We specialise in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates, availability or a "tailor-made" itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    Escape to the beautiful mountain area of northern Kyoto famous for its rural beauty and the historical and spiritual significance of its many temples on this immersive tour. Explore wonderful temples, mountain villages such as Ohara - an ancient training ground of spiritual music, and the last refuge and resting place of those who were bested by history.

    Nara is established in the first permanent capital in 710. It is famous for monuments of Ancient Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city model of Nara was after the Tang Dynasty in China. According to Chinese cosmology, the ruler's place was fixed like the pole star. By dominating the capital, the ruler brought heaven to earth.

  • Accommodation

    You will stay in our handpicked traditional Japanese accommodations in this tour

    Ryoso Chatani Ryokan
    Ryoso Chatani is a traditional Japanese inn encircled by the magnificent Kyoto Ohara mountains and surrounded by idyllic country scenery.

    Enryakuji Kaikan
    Enryakuji Kaikan is a relaxing temple lodging hotel located at the ground of Mt. Hiei Enryaku-ji Temple with 1200 years history. It is blessed with the quiet surroundings and rich nature, and the panoramic view of Lake Biwa-ko is splendid. All the dishes are served by vegetable foods. Guests staying at the hotel may experience the ways of Buddhist monks such as zazen (meditation) and Japanese calligraphy.

    Uji Hanayashiki Ukifune-en
    A romantic ryokan on the riverbank of Uji River, within a 10-minute walk of Byodoin Temple and Uji Shrine. Uji River from All rooms feature river views.

    Matsumae Ryokan
    This welcoming little ryokan, conveniently located in Naramachi, offers total immersion in traditional Japanese culture. Ryokan Matsumae is known for its collection of Buddha carvings and calligraphy by the owners. Rooms are simple and comfortable in traditional style. This ryokan also has a Kyogen school and performance space, teaching this traditional comic theatre. You are welcome to experience the performances (and even join in) and translation can be arranged. You can also try calligraphy if you reserve a class in advance.

  • Food

    You will enjoy country style home cooked meals including forest game and natural in season ingredients.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: Japanese country style with fresh local produce.

    Lunches: Local restaurant or Cafe

    Enjoy the traditional multi course Japanese cuisine, fresh ingredients source from local and surrounding area.

    Dietary Requirements
    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for some dietary requirements. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater for such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure.

    Please note that vegetarian options are available, but limited. Strict vegetarian diets, vegan diets, or gluten free diets will be difficult to accommodate due to the pervasiveness of the fish-based stock dashi and the use of soy sauce and miso in Japanese cuisine. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide your own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‐free or allergen‐free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life‐threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‐administering these medications.
  • What's Included

    - 4 nights handpicked Japanese accommodation
    - Meal: 4x breakfasts, 4x lunches, 4x dinners. Snacks, local fruits and water is provided throughout the day when cycling
    - Bike hire including helmet & water bottle
    - Support vehicle accompany during the cycling trip with luggage transfers, one piece luggage per person. Additional luggage can be transferred for extra cost
    - Include park and museum entrance
    - Pickup from Kyoto & drop off at Nara

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:

    We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. The following are some of the sample activities that we can offer. Please contact us for more information or a tailor-made itinerary.

    - Kyoto Higashiyama Walking Tour
    - Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour
    - Kyoto Arashiyama Tour
    - Kyoto Philosopher’s Path Walking Tour
    - Kyoto Fushimi and Sake Museum Tour
    - Spiritual Kyoto Tour
    - Kyoto Afternoon Tea With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Private Geisha Teahouse Experience
    - Kyoto Private Dinner With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Mt. Hiei Spiritual Tour
    - Traditional Cormorant Fishing Private Cruise
    - Evening Kyoto by Night Tour
    - Uji Tea Experience Tour
    - Private Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Exclusive Temple Experience
    - Kyoto Samurai Sword Dance Experience
    - Geisha Makeover Experience
    - Kyoto Traditional Crafts Tour
    - Kyoto Taiko Drums Experience
    - Kyoto Cooking Lesson with Professional Chef
    - Kyoto Market Visit, Sake Tasting and Cooking Lesson
    - Soba Cooking Lesson
    - Nara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Nara and Fushimi Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ohara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ine Fisherman Village Excursion from Kyoto
    - Himeji Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iga Ninja Excursion from Kyoto
    - Sumo Experience Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iaido Sword Experience Excursion from Kyoto
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • What's included

    - 4 nights handpicked Japanese accommodation
    - Meal: 4x breakfasts, 4x lunches, 4x dinners. Snacks, local fruits and water is provided throughout the day when cycling
    - Bike hire including helmet & water bottle
    - Support vehicle accompany during the cycling trip with luggage transfers, one piece luggage per person. Additional luggage can be transferred for extra cost
    - Include park and museum entrance
    - Pickup from Kyoto & drop off at Nara
  • walking & cycling distance

    Day 1: Cycling distance: approx. 31 km. Elevation: approx. 402 m
    Day 2: Cycling distance: approx. 29 km. Elevation: approx. 767 m
    Day 3: Cycling distance: approx. 28 km. Elevation: approx. 700 m
    Day 4: Cycling distance: approx. 29 km. Elevation: approx. 767 m
    Day 5: Guided cycle in Nara, depart from Nara

  • Getting There

    - The departure point Kyoto
    - The finishing point Nara
  • Weather and Climate

    Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.

    Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.

    Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.

    Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.

    Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.
  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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