Custom Made / Private Bike & Hike Tours in Japan

custom trips

Can't find a bike tour that fits your needs in our Japan Group Bike Tours or Short Bike Trips in Japan menus? We also create customized, private bike, hike, and walking tours for groups and individuals. You let us know where you want to ride, or what you want to see, and we do the planning and provide the bikes and equipment.

Of course, one of the great things about a bike trip is getting to know other people who share your passion for adventure. If you let us know your plans early enough in advance, we can even advertise it in the hopes of finding other like-minded people who share your dates and criteria.

Where Can I Ride?

We tend to focus on rural areas of Japan. Most of them are centered in Sakae Mura, in northern Nagano. While it is just 3 hours from Tokyo it feels like a lifetime away from city life. We offer some trips that start closer to Tokyo, and can organize custom trips to other areas of Japan, however, most of our local connections, that will help you to see and interact with rural Japan lifestyle, are around the farming villages where we are based.

All of the courses listed below are available for custom / private trips in our region. Depending on your schedule, budget, and interests, we can also make private/custom bike tours anywhere in Japan. If you are visiting Japan on business and only have a weekend, we usually recommend that you join us at our base - just 3 hours from Tokyo. If you have a week and want to explore a specific area, let us know where and we will give you a quote and tentative itinerary.

Some popular places for longer bike trips (5 - 7 days) are Shikoku, Kyushu, Northern Nagano, and the Kanto (Kyoto / Lake Biwa) region. We can also do trips closer to Tokyo, as well as hiking excursions into the Okutama area - just an hour from downtown Tokyo.

Group Size

Since these are custom trips, the minimum group size is one person, with a general maximum of six, but we are also willing to discuss options for larger groups. If we know ahead of time, we can advertise your custom made course to see if anyone else would like to join. This gives you a great opportunity to make new friends, as well as to lower the cost of your trip.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodations are simple, and in keeping with the atmosphere of rural Japan, and we focus on local, traditional, seasonal foods, providing organic & home-grown, and locally raised or hunted wherever possible. Whenever possible we try to show you the face of the people who produced and prepared your foods.

There are no five-star western style hotels in most areas we ride. Family run minshuku and sleeping on the tatami floor in futons is the norm. Depending on the trip, you may have the opportunity to stay in centuries old farm houses, mountain huts, a bear-hunter's lodge, or even a local's home in a small village where there are no other accommodation options.

Challenge Level

Japan is mostly mountainous, and it is difficult to avoid all up-hills. That said, we do have courses that have been completed by children, including an eight-year old who learned to ride a bike only three days before joining us! The important thing is to be ready to push yourself a bit (just like that eight-year-old pushed herself). We will do our best to fit custom trips to your level and desired distances. For pre-planned trips, please be sure to read the distances and terrain listed in the itinerary. For custom trips, let us know your biking experience, the terrain you usually ride on, and how much you are willing to work.

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One Life Japan's goal is to promote the recognition and exploration of possibility - the possibility within ourselves and within society to create a better life.

Possibility is born with an awareness and understanding of the whole process of life - its vast expanse with all its subtleties, with its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows, its joys, and its challenges. This understanding is the first step to cultivating the capacity to think freely without culturally learned fears and formulas, to begin to answer for oneself what is real, and what is true.

We make use of the uniqueness, contrasts, and beauty of Japan's culture, nature, and history to introduce a holistic view, promoting an awareness of complexity, ecology, culture, and self.