JAPAN: SHIKOKU EXPLORER
Of the four main Japanese islands, Shikoku is pound for pound the most rugged. Steep gorges, jagged coastline and clear rivers and lakes are the order of the day. With it’s 88 Buddhist Temples, Shikoku is also a destination for those who seek spiritual self-reflection and deep history.
But let’s take a moment to talk about the roads….Unbelievable. The road network is carved out of an impossible labyrinth of mountains. The engineering of which will leave you breathless. During our Shikoku-focused Explorer-style ride, you will have a chance to experience twisty roads from the palm tree laden coast to the pine forest carpeted mountain tops. Hold on, you are going deep into natural Japan where mountain towns are turning back to forest. To explore Shikoku is to go back in time and to experience a place where few foreigners go. Want to do something extraordinary? Ride Shikoku.
*This is a SCOUTING TOUR. This will be the first time we are running this itinerary, so some things may not go entirely as planned. We need riders who are flexible, optimistic, amd team oriented.
Road Conditions: This tour features 100% paved surfaces. Of all the motorcycle tours we offer, the roads are some of the best pavement we encounter in all of our tours. Get ready for fun, mountainous roads full of twisties, many tunnels and stunning coastal riding.
|May 07, 2024
|May 17, 2024
*Double Occupancy - Base Bike with a Shared Room
*Single Occupancy - Base Bike with Your Own Room
*Couples Package - Two Participants on One Base Bike in One Private Room
|Triumph Bonneville CARB
|Triumph Tiger 1050
|Triumph Bonneville SE EFI
|Triumph Bonneville T100 EFI
|Triumph Tiger XR 800 Low
|Triumph Tiger XC 800 Low
|BMW F 800 GS
|Triumph Tiger 1215 XR Low
|Triumph Trophy 1215
DAY 1 - Arrival in Tsuyama, Japan
Please arrive in Tsuyama no later than 3PM, so we can do motorcycle paperwork and test ride in order we can begin riding first thing the next day. Welcome dinner this evening. Stay in Tsuyama.
*We ask that riders arrive at least one day earlier in Japan, in order to start adjusting to the time change. You may fly into Okayama International Airport, or arrive by high speed train to Okayama station. For those arriving in Okayama by air, we will provide airport pickup and transfers to Tsuyama. For those of you arriving to Okayama by high speed train, we will coordinate a pick up for you in Okayama City.
DAY 2 - Tsuyama to Omishima 116 miles/187 km
We will cut across the countryside south to the Seto Inland Sea. We will staying out in the middle of the channel on Omishima Island. We will have time to explore Setonaikai National Park and surrounding islands. Get ready for small fishing villages and fun, coastal roads at the end of the day. Stay in Omishima.
DAY 3 - Omishima to Sensui 105 miles/169 km
Don't let the mileage fool you, the roads we will be choosing are incredibly twisty and time consuming. It is because of this we have chosen Shikoku as our only focus. We will ride a little on the coast, and do some mountainous sojourns on our way to the small fishing town of Sensui. Stay in Sensui.
DAY 4 - Sensui Free Day up to 150 miles/241 km
This is the first of a series of free days, whereby you, the rider, can choose between doing your own thing, doing a side activity, or riding with our guide. We are happy to enable you to ride on your own, where you can experience the freedom and safety that Japan delivers. Our guide will lead a ride every free day, and map out interesting coastal and mountain riding. This is a true scouting experience, and riders will be adding their experiences on this and all free days to make this ride one of our best. There are a multitude of routes to choose from, and we will lay out the map and decide on a fun day of riding. We will have a chance to go to end of the Misaki Peninsula today, Shikoku's furthest western point. Stay in Sensui.
DAY 5 - Sensui to Shimanto 117 miles/190 km
This point to point day is full of options and we will pick a spectacular route featuring a little coastal riding and a little interior riding. We will be staying on the coast tonight near the city of Shimanto. Stay in Shimanto.
DAY 6 - Shimanto Free Day up to 150 miles/241 km
We will focus on exploring the southwestern part of Shikoku. We will check out Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park amongst other delights. Stay near Shimanto.
DAY 7 - Shimanto to Tano area 160 miles/260 km
Get ready for one of the many epic interior routes through Shikoku. We will traverse the city of Kochi before landing in a little town near Yasuda. Stay near Yasuda.
DAY 8 - Yasuda area to Kazurabashi area 197 miles/318 km
We will strike out for the Muroto Peninsula, and head east along the coast before doubling back west on an interior road that can only be described as delicious. Get used to not passing cars when in the mountains for up to 30 minutes at a time. We will stay near a historic vine bridge, Kazurabashi.
DAY 9 - Kazurabashi Bridge area free day up to 150 miles/241 km
We have a little history and a little mystery in store for you. We will loop out to Ryouzen-ji, the very first of the 88 Buddhist Temples that pilgrims from all over visit. On our way home, we have another spectacular road picked out that will bring us by the enigmatic town of Nagoro. This town has been losing population, and a local artist has replaced those who have left with life-size dolls. Stay near Kazurabashi Bridge.
DAY 10 - Kazurabashi Bridge to Tsuyama 115 miles/185km
We will start our day descending a steep river valley before we leave Shikoku. We’ll cross one of the largest suspension bridges in the world - Seto Bridge. We will end the ride by way of backroads to Tsuyama. Farewell Dinner in Tsuyama. Stay in Tsuyama.
DAY 11 - Fly Home or keep the dream alive. The next motorcycle adventure vacation awaits!
THE GEAR TO BRING
MotoQuest guides wear KLIM helmets, jackets, pants and gloves, and we outfit our motorcycles with luggage and accessories from Twisted Throttle. You can view and download our complete MotoQuest packing list here.
MotoQuest Staff on Tour
Included With the Tour
- Hotel Accommodations
- Premiere Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Professional MotoQuest Guide(s)
- Support Vehicle
- Support Vehicle Driver
- Staff Trained in First Aid with Satellite Phone
- MotoQuest Swag Bag
- Photos Taken on the Trip
- Automatic Enrollment in Global Rescue
- Meals on the Road
- Alternative Tours
- Travel Insurance
- National Park Entrance Fees