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Japan Cycling Routes, Resources & Guides: Globalwheels Blog

  • 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.
  • How to Cycle from Kyoto to Osaka - Guide and Route

    If you're thinking of riding from Kyoto to Osaka, this route and guide is for you. We outline the tricky parts of the 50km route to navigate, show photos of the ride and also include a detailed route plus links to download GPX files.
  • 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.
  • Beginner's Guide to the Kansai Cycling Seasons: The Best Times to Ride Japan

    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. 
  • Why you Should Cycle Osaka City at Night

    Riding around Osaka city at night is an experience not to be missed. Read about why you should cycle the city after hours.
  • How to get to the Shimanami Kaido from Osaka: New Ferry Service (2019)

    The new ferry service from Osaka to Shikoku gives cyclists another way to get to the stunning Shimanami kaido cycling route and area. Read about the ferry route and start planning your trip now.
  • 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.