Day 1: Meet all group members at Kansai airport and transfer to accommodation near airport.
Day 2: Bus transfer to Iya Gorge. Prepare bikes and short ride.
Day 3: Ride along the Iya gorge and over our first pass before descending to follow a river inland, through rural farm land to a remote Inn by a lake in the central mountains. Distance - 80 km.
Day 4: Today we travel through superb alpine valleys and past crystal clear mountain streams before our steepest climb to the base of Mt. Ishizuchi. Distance - 88 km.
Day 5: Climbing Mt. Ishizuchi. A day to hike to the summit of Mt. Ishizuchi or stroll around the superb limestone gorge where we spend two nights.
Day 6: Don't let the distance scare you. Although we have some good climbs, with one steep one of 4 km and other gradual climbs, we have about 90 km rolling downhill! Superb cycling past small rural villages and remote valleys away from the crowds. Distance - 120 km.
Day 7: We start again on superb back roads as we meander down a river valley past a small town and up a 6 km climb before our final descent into a large rural city. En route we visit a historic village, showing the early methods of farming and building in Shikoku. Here we have the chance to explore a bigger city and sample the delights of urban Japan after a week in the countryside. Distance - 54 km.
Day 8: Today our ride changes subtly as we experience life on the glittering Pacific coast of Shikoku. Here we cross paths with the pilgrims who follow the path of enlightenment of Kobo Daishi, the Buddhist saint. The ride is mostly flat with some small climbs, as we travel to the farthest point on magnificent Cape Ashizuri, where we can visit one of Kobo Daishi's temples perched on a cliff top. Distance - 73 km.
Day 9: We start the day following the rugged Pacific coast. After leaving the coast we head inland to pick up the waters of the Shimanto River, reputedly Japan's last great pure river. A superb day's riding. Distance - 84 km.
Day 10: Our last day's ride, takes us gently uphill through small rural towns before descending into a large coastal city. After packing bikes away explore this ancient castle town, home of several famous samurai clan. A big night out at a Japanese Izakaya follows to celebrate the completion of our ride. Distance - 38 km.
Day 11: To Kansai airport by coach. We depart early morning for our coach trip to Kansai airport and departures home or extensions for further travel in Japan.
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