Considered one of Japan's premiere cycling events the iconic, annual Mount Fuji Long Ride event invites cycling veterans and beginners alike to the foothills of Yamanashi to cycle around the Fuji Five Lakes region in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
Part of the Tour de Nippon circuit of rides that takes place across Japan throughout the year, the Mount Fuji Long Ride takes place every September and attracts riders from all over Japan. From lakeside views of Mount Fuji to the cover of forest canopy, the course promises a fun-filled and adrenaline-packed ride, no matter your skill level.
Three courses ensure the event (not technically a race) remains open to all, with a family-friendly 30 km route, more demanding 60 km route and a gruelling 130 km challenge available to suit riders of all skill levels, whether they be seasoned riders or groups of friends and families.
The event starts and finishes at the Exchange Plaza Kirara along the southern shore of Lake Yamanaka, with the start-line providing a magnificent, Instagram-friendly glimpse of Mount Fuji on the horizon – with the sun out, it's the perfect start to the ride and—along with Yamanashi's idyllic landscape—will surely keep spirits high well into the first 10 km!
Some well-timed aid stations along the course go beyond just providing a welcome respite from the late summer heat, by offering a taste of local Yamanashi fare, including a Houtou stew of flat udon noodles, with nutrition-packed snacks and drinks being prepared and sourced locally to keep the legions of exhausted riders going.
Mt. Fuji Long Ride Bike Tour
Mount Fuji Long Ride represents a great experience for those looking for something new and experience Japan's countryside. The event is perfectly suited to both foreign residents and tourists alike – who can even sign up for a bike tour for this year's event, held on September 9th, while stopping by along the route to discover some local spots like, the Ninja Village at Oshino Shinobino Sato. Cycling enthusiasts can also book their place on the standard Fuji cycling event through Japan Travel as well.
Exchange Plaza Kirara is best accessed by car—with ample parking available—and is about a 2 hour drive via expressway from Tokyo.