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
IncludesBike, helmet, lock & more, native English or Japanese guide & drinks
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.
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
- 11,000 yen with bike rental
- 7,000 yen with own bike
What to bring:
- Water, drinks
- Suitable clothing for cycling
- If you request certain pedals, please bring your shoes
BikeRoad & Touring bikes in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. View bikes and gear here >
GuidesExperienced and Friendly native English and Japanese speaking guides. Read more about our guides below.
GearHelmet, lock, pedal choice, spare tube, multi-tool, levers, saddle bag, front and rear lights and mini-pump
DrinksWe provide a coffee at our shop before we ride and one drink of your choice at a temple cafe in the mountains
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 Go have been cycling and exploring greater Osaka and Kansai for a conbined time of more than 40 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 Go is a Osaka local with 20 years cycling experience.
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. Go is born and bred in Osaka, loves bikes, cycling and helping people discover hidden parts of his beloved hometown.
Gareth McCreadyCyclist, nearly pro-mechanic, GW General Manager
Ian MichieColnago lover, amateur web-designer, GW General Manager
Go ImaiWeb designer, bike lover and Osaka local.
Join the Escape the City Tour
Are you interested in joining our Escape the City tour? Simply click the button below, head to our tour product page, select your date and bike preference and then add it to the cart, then confirm your place by completing the purchase.
Places book fast so we recommend booking as early as possible.Book now
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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