The turning of the leaves in Japan - Koyo, is an unsung season in Japan. The variety of colours and shades will soothe you, yet at the same time, invigorate your senses and leave you in awe of Japan's landscapes. Ride the motorbike of your choice, as we guide you through the beautiful roads of Japan.
Along the way, we'll sample the food, sake and cultural highlights. Our accommodation has been chosen to give you an authentic taste of Japan, the traditional Ryokan inns with Onsen to soak tired muscles.
Day 1 – Yokohama to Lake Kawaguchiko
We begin in Yokohama, just a quick 20min train ride southwest of Tokyo. Heading west to Lake Kawaguchiko, we wind our way along to stunning views of Mt Fuji, en route. Stopping briefly at the foot of Fuji san, we take in its majestic presence at the famous Chureito Pagoda, a site that should be on everyone's Japan bucket list.
Day 2 – Kawaguchiko to Matsumoto
Excellent roads to Nagano prefecture, where Matsumoto Castle awaits with a quick tour, then optional night shoot after dinner of this 400-year-old structure that really comes to life under lights.
Day 3 – Matsumoto to Takayama
Lunch at Shirahone Onsen town for a midday soak in alluring, milky white mineral waters. Explore the preserved streets of Takayama Old Town, or the local temple, before another relaxing hot bath at our traditional Ryokan.
Day 4 – Takayama to Kaga
Unesco World Heritage village of Shirakawa-go. These unique A-framed farmhouses have been preserved by the same families for over 400 years! Then, Higashi Chaya old town near Kaga, on the coast. A beautiful hotel and Onsen await.
Day 5 – Kaga to Mino-shi
A full-on day! Tojinbo Cliffs & haunted temple island of Oshima. Then on to Katsuyama, the largest seated Buddha in Japan. We end an amazing day of riding the best twisties Japan has to offer at the romantic Gujo Hachiman Castle.
Day 6 – Mino-shi to Yoshida
Mino-shi, a quaint Edo-style town renowned for its washi making (traditional paper). An optional, morning photo-wander through the streets. Then, the very scenic Zen temple, Tajima. At dinner, we test our skills on the grill, cooking Okonomiyaki. A prize goes to the best looking dish!
Day 7 – Yoshida to Shuzenji
We hug the coast to Miho no Matsubara beach for another amazing view of Fuji san. Then, we continue around to Izu Peninsula, where we find more exciting roads, twisting our way to numerous photo opportunities, including a stunning waterfall.
Day 8 – Shuzenji to Yokohama
More photo opportunities outside our doorstep in beautiful Shuzenji. Twisty mountain roads await on our way back along the east coast of the peninsula. We lunch in iconic Hakone Onsen Town. More twisty bits on our way back along the coast to finish at Yokohama where we say our final sad goodbyes and enjoy a farewell dinner together.