Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come along if I don't ride?

Of course! If you'd rather travel in our support vehicle to take amazing photos, not a problem. Or you can possibly ride pillion with, Travis, or your travel companions. There's a reduced cost for non-riding guests.

I don't have a motorbike license!

For Australian residents, the tour price includes motorbike testing that we'll book for you if your license has expired or you've never ridden before. Too easy!

What license do I need to ride in Japan?

You need a valid overseas / Australian motorcycle license (Learner permits are legal) and an IDP (International Drivers Permit 1949 Convention) approx AUD$35. Your IDP can be purchased from any RACV or state equivalent office.

Do I need to know the road rules of Japan?

You’ll be pleased to know the Japan use the same side of the road to Australia (left). But it's recommended you familiarise yourself with some of the more common road signs and local road customs. Follow this link but there will also be a handout of some things to look out for in your Welcome Pack.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, you must purchase your individual travel insurance before you can start the tour.

Can I hire my bike gear?

Yes, the rental company we use have almost everything you need, except boots and pants. They hire gloves, jackets and helmets.

Do I carry my luggage on the bike?

No, all luggage is taken care of in the support van. You may bring a tank bag or backpack while riding if you wish.

Are meals included?

Only breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner are your choice of venue or personal tastes. We don't all have to spend every second together if you'd rather have a quiet dinner or drink with your travel companions.

Choice of bike I ride?

Yes, you choose from the standard 400cc - 700cc bikes available. If you want a bigger bike or a particular brand, just let us know and we'll go over the many options with you.

Can I upgrade my accommodation?

Yes, you can make a change from the standard Japanese-style room we offer. Just contact us and we can arrange upgrades or a western-style room for you. Our accommodation is traditional Ryokan (think western B&B).  All accommodation has an onsite Onsen to relax tired muscles after a days ride.

What sort of bike gear should I wear?

The temperature can vary from 11C - 24C, depending on the time of year you choose to travel. Layers are important, so bring thermals if you have them. Be sure to bring a waterproof layer just in case. Leather jackets are best, but whatever protective gear you prefer or have will do. Remember to dress for the slide, not the ride.

What camera and lens should I bring?

I recommend you bring whatever digital camera body you own. Along with  one wide angle and one long lens, ie: 16mm-35mm (wide), and 80mm-200mm (long), approx. It doesn’t matter if these are zoom or fixed lenses. I don’t advise you bring every lens you own. Travel light and simplify your options so you can shoot more intuitively. Be sure to have a lens hood and a UV filter for both lenses.

Should I bring a tripod?

No, you won’t need one in most scenarios, but if you have a monopod, you could consider bringing it. I can show you some handy tricks to get by without one.

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