This trip takes us to the southern part of Honshu, Wakayama Prefecture, a mountainous area filled with natural beauty. The landscape stimulates the senses with lush greenery and pristine streams. Our traveler rides through sacred sites steeped in history, such as the mountaintop town of Koyasan and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes. Wakayama is also Japan's top producer of premium fruit, including sweet persimmons and pickled plums, which will have your mouth watering on this 3-day bicycle journey.
CYCLE AROUND JAPAN HIGHLIGHTS offers a way to discover Japan by bicycle and provides useful information to enjoy the adventure. Throughout the 13-part series, viewers vicariously experience breath-taking cycling adventures and see a side of Japan they won't find in the guidebooks. Journeys include a 330-kilometer ride through the northern land of Akita and a challenging ride up a 2,000-meter peak in Nagano Prefecture, which provides breathtaking views of the Japan Alps mountain pass. Along the way, riders take part in traditions such as the harvesting of wasabi plants and the making of baskets from wild bamboo. In every location, viewers are treated to the local culture, history, food and traditions that makes cycling around Japan such a unique journey.