Escape the City Cycling Tour - Explore Minoh
LocationHead north past the Yodo river and up into the amazing hills of Minoh
Time & Distance4 to 4.5 hours total, around 70km of flat, hill climbs, downhill & river paths
IncludesNative English guide, insurance, storage, drinks & more (*bike reserved separately)
This is a fantastic cycling route that will take you out of the city and into the beautiful hills of Minoh. The tour is for intermediate to advanced cyclists however beginners are also welcome. The main goal of the tour is to discover the amazing nature and cycling routes that are easily accessible from Osaka city.
The route takes in a variety of cycling that will have you cruising along a river, crossing through a lovely park, seeing Minoh town, tackling climbs, taking in the beauty of the mountain forest, maybe seeing a monkey and having a well-deserved coffee break at a stunning temple in the mountain. The winding roads up the mountain are a a cyclist's dream and not to be missed.
See some of the ride to Katsuoji temple in our Escape the City to Minoh video.
Exploring the hills of Minoh is classic Japan cycling: winding roads, sudden steep climbs, lush scenery, picturesque streams and monkeys.
Some pictures from the tour
- Dates: Every Monday and Thursday. We are also running the tour on September 8th
- Start time: 09:30 meet 10:00 start | Cycling finish time: Around 15:00
- Start and finish location: Globalwheels Osaka shop - very close to JR Sakuranomiya station
- 6,000 yen for the tour
- 5,000 yen for a road bike (11,000 yen total)
- 4,000 yen for a touring bike (10,000 yen total)
What to bring:
- Water, drinks
- Suitable clothing for cycling
- If you request certain pedals, please bring your shoes
How to Reserve
To reserve your place on the tour you need to:
1. Choose your tour date from the calendar
Select from available dates for the tour from the tour product page. Add the tour to your cart and continue shopping
2. Choose your bike
Check available bikes by viewing a bike's product page and entering the tour date in the start and finish fields in the calendars. You'll be able to book the bike if it's available, it will be greyed out if not.
After adding the tour and bike to the cart, proceed to checkout and finalise the reservation.
GuidesExperienced and Friendly native English and Japanese speaking guides. Read more about our guides below.
InsuranceAll cyclists are covered with third party insurance which covers property and person up to 200,000,000 yen.
StorageWe have space to store any bags or luggage at our shop while we are out on the tour.
Elevation Gain: 780m
View on Strava
To read more about the area and the route please see our Osaka to Minoh cycling guide and blog.Osaka to Minoh Guide and route >
About the Guides
Ian, Gareth and Chris have been cycling and exploring greater Osaka and Kansai for a combined time of more than 25 years. Gareth has lived, worked and biked around Osaka and Kansai for 15 years. Ian has been living and wheeling around Osaka for 10 years and Chris is a recent arrival to Japan but already has some solid cycling and adventuring experience under his belt.
Ian and Gareth are both co-founders of Globalwheels and are committed and passionate about helping tourists, adventure seekers and residents explore and discover Japan by bike. Chris is English, loves bikes, travel, the great outdoors and is excited to help others experience magic moments in Japan.
Gareth McCreadyCyclist, nearly pro-mechanic, GW General Manager
Ian MichieColnago lover, amateur designer, GW General Manager
Chris NewberyHandyman, explorer, happy on two wheels
Join the Escape the City Tour
Want to join our Kyoto Cycling tour? Click the button below and reserve your place from the tour product page.
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Keep these in mind
Any tour booking can be cancelled and fully refunded up to 5pm of the previous day that the tour will start. If you cancel after 5pm of the day before, we offer a 50% refund.
Guests must be at least 145cm in height. We unfortunately don't have bikes for people shorter than 145cm. Ability to ride a bike and basic fitness is also required. The route is fine for beginners but we will cycle up a couple of hills.
If you have any questions about the tour, the guides or Globalwheels please get in touch via email or social media and we'll be happy to help.
We kindly request that all bookings and payments be made through our website. In some cases we can accept cash payment at our shop but get in touch in advance.
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