Ninja Tours : Japan Motorcycle Touring

Motorcycle Tours of Japan with English Support
Japan Motorcycle Tours Ninjatours Mt Fuji at sunrise
NEW! Couple's* 14 Days DELUXE Romantic Tour for Riders

*single riders can book, too!

Tokyo to Tokushima, Iya Valley, Dogo Onsen, Hiroshima, Kinosaki Onsen, Yamanaka onsen, Matsumoto, Matsunoyama, Yunohama, Tazawako, Ginzan Onsen, Bandai, Nikko and back to Tokyo
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Here it is- A specially optimized, more challenging romantic route for couples that pairs a fully customized course for 2 up riding with delightful sightseeing.

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A short list of the best Deluxe Class Japanese inn hot spring ryokans for exquisite dining experiences and romantic evenings every night.
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You and your partner will ride on the roads we scouted ourselves, and stay at deluxe accommodations that we noted as being particularly delightful. Every aspect of your tour is customized to your preferences, skill and desired experience. From the start of your trip planning to the time you finish touring and leave our Tokyo offices, your personal coordinator is just an email or phone call away.
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Tokyo to Tokushima via Ferry Transfer

Day 1

To maximize the amount of outstanding riding that you can experience in this grand circle of Japan, you will utilize an overnight ferry ride out of Tokyo that puts you in the heart of some absolutely outstanding riding. So check in with us in the afternoon for a briefing, pack your motorcycle, and you are off! Grab some dinner on the way to the ferry terminal in Tokyo Bay. Ride your motorcycle on board, and relax!
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Tokyo Tokushima ferry ninjatours motorcycle tour on the deck
Tokyo Tokushima ferry ninjatours motorcycle tour kitchen
Tokyo Tokushima ferry ninjatours motorcycle tour rest area
Yes, it’s a ferry transit trip and not a luxury cruise, but certainly interesting.

Enjoy a beautiful sunset and get some rest- you are going to need it!

If you are curious, there are observation rooms, and a dining room filled with vending machines selling a wide variety of foods both familiar and wildly unusual.
You have your own private room on the ferry to freshen up and get a good night's rest.

There are gender separate communal baths, and private showers as well.

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Tokyo Tokushima ferry ninjatours motorcycle tour bath
Accommodations: Private room with 2 foldaway single beds. Gender separated private shower facilities. Gender separated communal bath facilities also available for free use.
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Day 2
Tokushima to Iya Valley
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Your ferry arrives at Tokushima around 13:30. From there, you will ride up to Iya valley through the heart of mountain ranges.

What starts out as any easy cruise up some lower valleys along the Anabuki river, winds up into some spectacular scenery around Mt Tsurugi.
The road is great fun, although a little narrow in places, and the view on a nice day is outstanding.

From Mt. Tsurugi you carry on to Oku-Iya Nijo Kazurabashi vine bridge, which is an interesting place for a brief stop and some photos.
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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Tokushima nijo kazurabashi vine bridge
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Tokushima iya valley view
Continue along the scenic Iya valley, past the Negoro Scarecrow Village and on to your hotel overlooking the beautiful Iya Valley.

Distance is about 140kms, and it will take about 4 hours of ride time.
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Iya Valley to Dogo Onsen

Day 3

A day riding in the mountains- the distance is not great, but it is a really fun ride. (A less challenging route is also available if required)

Leave your hotel and head up through Kyoubashira toge pass and on to the road station at Tosa Sameura for a quick snack before heading up past the Sameura Dam and the fun road which follows along the Yoshino River valley. It’s a fun scenic ride.
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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours iya valley dogo onsen river bridge
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours iya valley dogo onsen Nikobuchi water falls
Take a brief photo stop over at Nikobuchi- a stunning sacred and beautifully pure pool and waterfall.
From there on the course follows past Nagasawa dam then onwards to Otabi falls and the strategically located cafe at Tsuchiya Terrace.

This is one of my favorite mountain roads. Continue along the Ishizuchi Skyline, a very twisty scenic ride, which runs along the edge of the valley towards Omogo Gorge. It’s a spectacular ride on a nice day!
Follow the Omogo River Valley down to the junction and onto a fun winding road to Kuromori Pass which will lead you to your hotel in Dogo Onsen, a famous hot spring resort town set in the mountains of Ehime.

Total distance today is about 240km and it will take about 6hrs of riding time
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours iya valley dogo onsen Mountain roads
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Dogo Onsen hot springs resort accommodations ryokan
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Day 4
Dogo Onsen to Hiroshima
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Leaving your hotel in Dogo Onsen this morning, your route is on an easy cruising road alongside the Ishite River to Shirasagi lake and on to Imabari. Stop for a quick look at Imabari Castle if it is of interest.
Continue along the Shimanami Kaido which links an island chain running across the Inland Sea (Setanaikai). The scenic ocean views continue as you ride onward to your destination in Hiroshima.
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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Hiroshima dogo onsen setanaikai whirlpools
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Depending upon the route taken, it should take about 3 to 3.5 hrs of riding time, which will allow for an afternoon of sightseeing around Hiroshima.

Total distance is approx. 220km.
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Hiroshima to Kinosaki Onsen

Day 5

While today’s ride will take longer, the intensity is not too extreme and it is a fun ride. From Hiroshima you are heading north to Fukuyama before heading westward along easy cruising country roads following the Ryoke and Nariwa rivers past Bitchu Matsuyama Castle.
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Kinosaki Onsen Hiroshima mountain roads
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Kinosaki Onsen Hiroshima okustu valley
A brief run along the expressway will take you to the famous Yubara Okutsu Line and on to the beautiful Okustu valley. The scenery is particularly beautiful in spring and autumn.

Follow the road along river valleys to Okutsu Onsen on the lower slopes on Mt. Daisen in the Daisen-Oki National Park.

The roads are great as is the scenery!
Continue on past Seiji Dam and on towards the Sea of Japan and the Tottori Sand Dunes.

Stop for a break at the Sand Dunes cafe before continuing along the seaside route to your hotel in Kinosaki Onsen.

Total Distance today is approx. 380km and it will take about 6.5hrs riding time.
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"Sand dunes? I know they promised to show me a lot, but…real sand dunes? In Japan?

I'm still confused."

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Japan motorcycle tours ninjatours tottori sand dunes
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Day 6
Kinosaki Onsen to Yamanaka Onsen
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Today's ride is a mixture of routes along the Sea of Japan coastline. The route will take you past Kumihama Bay, a large salt water lake, and on towards Kyogamisaki lighthouse, the beautiful seaside town of Funaya, and the famous Ine boathouses. Ine is a great place to take a short break and take some photos.
Continue on to Maizuru town, which is worth a brief stopover, and then on to Wakasa Bay and the famous Mikatagoko Rainbow Line. It is a fun ride by the 5 lakes, with countless photo spots and places to enjoy a stop-over.
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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Kinosaki Onsen yamanaka coasline
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Kinosaki Onsen yamanaka mountain view
From here your route continues along the scenic coastline to the Tojinbou cliffs. It is a short ride from here to your mountainside onsen hotel. Time permitting, stop for a look at the beautiful Kakusenkei Gorges on the way to your hotel. Total Distance is about 350km and it will take 6.5 hrs.
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Yamanaka Onsen hot springs resort accommodations ryokan
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Yamanaka Onsen to Matsumoto
Day 7
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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours yamanaka matsumoto river and bridge
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The day starts with an easy cruise to Kanazawa and on past Kanazawa Castle which is famous for is beautiful gardens and is a recommended brief stop-over.


After that, enjoy a ride on a scenic riverside road that winds long the banks of the Oyabe River.
From here, you have a couple of choices. If you are interested in visiting the historic town of Takayama, a brief expressway ride will bring you right there. You can spend the afternoon exploring the charming, old town streets, shops and cafes that feel like they are 400 years old…because they are!

Alternatively, you can have an adventure filled ride that brings you past many other notable attractions, like the Suganuma Gassho and Ainokura Gassho-Zukuri historic villages. These World Heritage sites are definitely worth a quick visit en-route.
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Whether you opted for the scenic ride, or spending the afternoon in Takayama, a visit to Matsumoto Castle is a nice way to round out the day if time permits. Total distance is about 320km If you select the scenic riding course, it will take about 6 hours.
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Matsumoto to Matsunoyama

Day 8

Your route out of Matsumoto is via the Utsukushigahara Skyline- a tight twisty section sure to get your attention before heading on to the famous Venus Line. The Venus Line is a great twisting and winding mountain road with some outstanding scenery. Take a brief stop at the Utsukushigahara rest area, which is at the 2000m altitude mark, for a quick coffee and some photos.
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From here, the route continues along as series of easy cruising country roads past famous ski resorts. Stop at the Yokoteyama rest stop for some great scenery and a view of the route that awaits you. Proceed along the course, making a stop to see the famous Jigokudani Snow monkeys if you are inclined. You will enjoy the road which winds down the mountain heading towards Nozawa onsen, which is worth a brief stopover.
From Nozawa onsen, the road winds into the mountains again for a brief period on some steep, twisty roads heading to your mountain accommodations in Matsunoyama Onsen, a famous mountain hot spring town renowned for the therapeutic properties of the water.

Total distance is approx. 270km and it will take about 6 hrs riding time. An intense option of todays route is available for those with lots of energy.

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Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Day 9
Matsunoyama to Yunohama
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Begin the day with an easy ride to the Uonuma Skyline, which is a mountaintop road running for about 25km along the mountain tops above the Joetsu ski fields.

It’s quite tight in places but a fun ride, taking about 45 minutes, and you are sure to enjoy this.
From Uonuma, hop onto the expressway heading north to by-pass the traffic around Niigata city. Exiting the Expressway, today’s “Intense option” diverts off into mountains to the Asahi Super Line. This can be a very challenging ride, so if you prefer a more relaxed cruise, continue on along one of my favorite seaside rides along the Sea of Japan coast.
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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours matsunoyama yunohama coastal ride
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Nice restaurants, coffee shops and photo spots etc along the way will lead you to your seaside hotel at Yunohama Onsen.

Enjoy a wander along the beach and catch the sunset. Distance approx. 250km, and 5.5hrs riding.
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Yunohama to Lake Tazawa

Day 10

Back on the road today, you briefly follow the coastline northwards before turning inland. The road winds through lush green forests and on up the slopes of Mt Choukai. It’s a spectacular way to start your day and the view is equally wonderful. Stop at the top, grab some refreshments, and proceed down the other side of the mountain.
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The scenery briefly changes to rice fields before the twisting roads begin in earnest as you continue along the Chokai Blue line. The atmosphere and the views are great as are the roads.
As you move back to lower altitudes, the roads flatten out to easy cruising again and you proceed towards Lake Tazawa.

Take a ride around the shoreline drive before arriving at your lakeside accommodation. Time and conditions permitting, continue your short, fun cruise around the lake perimeter. Total distance about 310km and it will take around 6.0hrs of riding.

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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours yunohama lake tazawa beachside road
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Day 11
Tazawako to Ginzan Onsen
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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours lake tazawa Ginzan onsen coffee cafe
Leaving Tazawako you will head towards Lake Gosho followed by an easy cruise in the rural countryside along the Waga River valley. Stop at the waypointed cafe for coffee or some great homemade ice cream.

Your route continues following the Minase river for a period and begins to climb higher, the roads are winding but easy.
Another favorite coffee shop will appear after an hour and a half or so, and it's well worth a stop here.

The road climbs and winds through Yunohama pass- easy riding, but a cool road with some great views before arriving at Hanayama Lake and another great place to take a break.
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Shortly after leaving Hanayamako, your route will veer toward Naruko Onsen and will continue on through rice fields and villages to your ryokan hotel in the famous Ginzan Onsen.

Total distance today is just under 300km and it will take about 6.0 hrs riding time. An Intense option for today’s ride is also available.
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Ginzan Onsen to Bandai

Day 12

Another great day awaits you with lots of twisty winding roads. Begin with a quiet cruise through rural Yamagata and take a brief expressway stretch before heading into the mountains to Zao Onsen.

Wind you way into the mountains and along the famous Zao Echo line, a lushly wooded ride on excellent twisty roads with lots of scenery as you ride through the Zao volcanic plateau.
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As you continue onward to Nishi Azuma Sky Valley, the road climbs once again as it winds past Shirabe Onsen and Mt Nishi Agatsuma heading towards Lake Hibara.

The road is very twisty but surface and scenery are great.
You can enjoy a brief rest and refreshment at the strategically placed Monterey Cafe before forging on to your onsen hotel which sits at top the Azuma Bandai Skyline- another awesome road, twisting and tricky but surface and views are outstanding.

Enjoy the great view and ambience of your mountain hotel, you will sleep well again tonight. Distance approx 290km riding time 6hrs.
Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours Ginzan onsen Bandai mountain valley ride
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Day 13
Bandai to Nikko
Absolutely the best way to start your day is a ride along the famous Azuma Bandai Skyline. Access to this road is somewhat limited and it is open only in daylight hours and good weather, but it surely is a nice ride.

Continue the ride along the Azuma Bandai Lake Line, a nicely wooded winding country road, which will bring you back to Monterey cafe just in time for a quick rest break.
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From here, the route runs down the Bandai G Line, which winds its way down the mountain past ski fields and resorts towards Lake Inawashiro. Continue on to Ouchi Juku Historic Village for some sightseeing if you are inclined.

Or take the more intensive route via Higashiyama onsen and Hatoriko Kogen, which is my personal preference.
Ride to Mt. Jeans and onward to Nasu Kogen. The roads are mostly easy cruising with good surfaces, although can be somewhat narrow in places. Another strategically located cafe in Nasu Kogen awaits where you can enjoy a brief break from riding.

From Nasu Kogen you continue through attractive rural farming areas and golf courses heading for the Nichinan Momoji Line. This road is amazingly scenic in autumn. From here you continue on to your hotel in Nikko, a famous World Heritage site with lots of sightseeing options time permitting.

Total distance approx. 310km Riding time 6 hrs.
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Japan motorcycle tour ninjatours nikko Bandai mysterious road narrow forrest
Accommodations: DELUXE class accommodations for 2 with private hot springs bathing facilities, as well as dinner and breakfast!
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Nikko to Tokyo

Day 14

Last day today, so enjoy some sightseeing in Nikko before heading back to Tokyo. We have some alternate routes available for those wanting more twisties, or an easy relaxed ride into Tokyo to suit your preference.

Please advise what is preferred and we shall arrange the final day’s route to suit.

Distance approx 180km. Riding time varies, but a little bit of riding around Nikko and a highway ride to Tokyo will take about 2.5hrs.
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Price List and Motorcycle Selection

All prices below INCLUDE 12 nights DELUXE accommodations for 2 people (with dinner and breakfast), 1 night private accommodations for 2 people on overnight ferry, and 14 days of motorcycle rental with insurance, pre-programmed English navi unit, ETC Card rental and luggage. Additional charges and /or toll fees may apply. Appropriate riding wear required (helmets, jackets, gloves etc. available for hire.)

Yamaha Tracer 900 GT ABS

Ninjatours Japan motorcycle tours Yamaha Tracer 900 GT ABS

1,073,800~ Yen
Includes Insurance, DELUXE Accommodations, Dinner and Breakfast, for Rider and Pillion!
(Single rider? Please contact us for pricing)

BMW R1200 GS Exclusive ABS

Ninjatours Japan motorcycle tours BMW R1200 GS Exclusive ABS

1,161,784~ Yen
Includes Insurance, DELUXE Accommodations, Dinner and Breakfast, for Rider and Pillion!
(Single rider? Please contact us for pricing)

Aprilia Caponord 1200 Travel Pack ABS

Ninjatours Japan motorcycle tours Aprilia Caponord 1200 Travel Pack ABS

1,149,304~ Yen
Includes Insurance, DELUXE Accommodations, Dinner and Breakfast, for Rider and Pillion!
(Single rider? Please contact us for pricing)

Yamaha MT-09 ABS

Ninjatours Japan motorcycle tours Yamaha MT-09 ABS

1,056,328~ Yen
Includes Insurance, DELUXE Accommodations, Dinner and Breakfast, for Rider and Pillion!
(Single rider? Please contact us for pricing)

BMW F850 GS Premium Line ABS

Ninjatours Japan motorcycle tours BMW F850 GS Premium Line ABS

1,139,320~ Yen
Includes Insurance, DELUXE Accommodations, Dinner and Breakfast, for Rider and Pillion!
(Single rider? Please contact us for pricing)

BMW R1200 RS Premium Line ABS

Ninjatours Japan motorcycle tours BMW R1200 RS Premium Line ABS

1,154,296~ Yen
Includes Insurance, DELUXE Accommodations, Dinner and Breakfast, for Rider and Pillion!
(Single rider? Please contact us for pricing)

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring ABS

Ninjatours Japan motorcycle tours Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring ABS

1,149,304~ Yen
Includes Insurance, DELUXE Accommodations, Dinner and Breakfast, for Rider and Pillion!
(Single rider? Please contact us for pricing)

Benelli TRE-K 1130

Ninjatours Japan motorcycle tours Benelli TRE-K 1130

1,081,288~ Yen
Includes Insurance, DELUXE Accommodations, Dinner and Breakfast, for Rider and Pillion!
(Single rider? Please contact us for pricing)

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Included with ALL Romance Tour Packages…
  • DELUXE Accommodations for TWO (private room) with dinner and breakfast
  • Private Bathing experience each night
  • Motorcycle rental with Insurance coverage
  • Motorcycle luggage (Panniers and/or top box, tank bags)
  • Navigation Unit with fully pre-programmed course, made by our expert rider
  • Tourist Guide for visiting Japan
  • Japanese Street Sign Guide in English
  • Safety and Orientation Briefing in English
  • Daily messaging with our staff to make sure you are having a great time!
  • 24 Hour Emergency Support in English
Not Included…
  • Fuel
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Toll Fees (pre-paid discount option avallable)
  • Tour Guide* (We don't recommend it because it's expensive, restrictive, and unnecessary to enjoy the ride. Even first-time visitors who can't understand any Japanese have a great time with our tours!)
  • Support Vehicle* (we can help coordinate shipment of your suitcases and bags)
  • Helmets*, Gloves*, Riding Jackets*, Boots
*can be arranged with a surcharge