Starting here in Nagano Prefecture we ride down through the quiet roads of the Southern Alps before riding out on the Izu Peninsula ending at the beach. Not any easy ride as we climb everyday but the ride is spectacular. We enjoy Cliffside Hot Springs, Hidden towns and hills filled with Tea Plantations along the journey
Sky to Sea
- Ride Area
- Chino City , Nagano Prefecture to Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture
- Local Attractions
- Hot Springs , Tengu River, South Alps, Sumakyo Ravine.
- Riding Season
- April – November
- Time Required
- 4- 6 day tour
- All of our tours are custom built and prices vary greatly on our customers’ choice of accommodation.
- This ride can be done in as few as 4 big days or as many as you like. This tour is vehicle supported. We can arrange for pick up and drop off at major airports or cities. The example below is a 6 day/6 night trip that we just completed. This tour is vehicle supported. We can arrange for pick up and drop off at major airports or cities.
All our tours are examples and all can be changed to our individual customers needs.
Day 1Chino to Oshika Village
Starting from Chino City in Nagano, 2 mountain passes await on this opening day off 70 kilometers. The first is 9 kms long and the second is 8 . Today we stay at a Hot Spring Hotel/Inn in the town of Oshika , located 3kms from town. This Inn has a spectacular outdoor bath with views looking down the valley into the mountains.
Day 2Oshika Village to Tenryu River ,
145 kilometersToday is the longest day of the week 140 kilometers with a big climb to start the day. After an easy 8 kilometers to warm up we have a 12km pass to conquer then it is downhill and flat as we follow the Tenryu River down towards the ocean. Tonight we stay at a Government run Inn that was built along with a rowing facility along the river. Laundry facilities are available here.
Day 3Tenryu River to Sumatakyo Onsen
95 KilometersTea farms are our backdrop for this 95km ride into Shizuoka Prefecture. Look for the Steam engine as it travels along on the opposite side of the river , stop for a tea ceremony as we work our way to Sumatakyo Onsen . Here we stay at a Traditional Inn with both indoor and outdoor baths. Take a walk into the South Alps from here and cross the river on one of the many fishing bridges(suspension bridge) that are common to this area.
Day 4Sumatakyo to Numazu
80 KilometersSpectacular waterfalls await along the road today. This morning we are faced with the longest climb of the tour , all together about 30 kilometers to the top, long but not to steep, we follow the SL railway up to the Igawa Dam before our final push over the pass. We stop at the top for some Ramen noodles before decending past beautiful waterfalls on the short run down to Shimizu City and the coast. Here we transfer by Car to our Hotel for the night in Numazu. This 40 kms can be ridden but after 4 days of quiet roads we recommend the car for this section of Urban Japan. Tonight we stay in a western style Hotel and dinner will be at a restaurant of your choice.
Day 5Numazu to Shimoda
85 KilometersThe IZU Skyline awaits us today , once we climb the 10 kms onto the ridge we have some spectacular ocean/mountain views as we head to the beach. Mt.Fuji is easily visible in the background as we leave the city of Numazu and
provides a backdrop for most of the mornings ride. We drop down to the port town of Matsuzaki before our final 25 kms to Shimoda Town and the beach.
Tonight we stay about 100 meters from the beach at a pension
Day 6Minami Izu
50 KilometersA round trip along the southern tip of Izu awaits us for our morning ride today, this ride can be down in various distances depending upon how our legs feel. The coast along Irosaki is a must do on the bike , few cars, great ocean views and excellent road conditions make this a great way to end our trip. A 3 hour train ride takes you back to Tokyo from here or spend another night at the beach, it’s your choice from here.