Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|15 May - 25 May 2020||On Sale|
Spring into action and pedal past the volcanoes, hot springs and crater lakes of the Izo Peninsula, from the amazing city of Tokyo to the stunning Sagami Bay.
Find your inner champion and join us in Japan on the year of the Olympics for this beautiful challenge. Starting in the outskirts of Tokyo, we‘ll cycle an approx. 366km route south towards the coast, taking in view after mesmerising view of the lush and mountainous peninsula. We’ll stop by Lake Yamanaka in the foothills of Mount Fuji, soothe our legs in the hot springs of Shuzenji, Kumomi and Shimoda and finish our challenge at the historic Odawara Castle.
Support a charity of your choice or self-fund your adventure, as you absorb the incredible Japanese culture, make fantastic new friendships and achieve a life changing challenge.
Worried about fundraising? Don’t be…
Cycle Japan 2020 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice, a small sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Places are likely to go faster than an Olympic sprinter for this challenge, so please register soon to avoid disappointment.
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Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for a charity, sanctuary or hospice of your choice.
Pay the balance yourself
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target
Cycle Japan 2020 is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime. We provide you with a week by week training plan, which builds up gradually as the challenge draws closer, so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we leave for Japan. The route we follow is quite hilly, so we advise you to please include cycling up and down hills in your training if you can.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Cycle Japan 2020. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to a youthful 80.
A cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system. Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.
We will stay in three star class hotels in shared rooms throughout the challenge.
No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. You will need a bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your camera, sun cream, tissues etc. Any extra items you may need during the day can be carried on the support vehicle, which you will have access to during lunch and the snack stops.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Japan, you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course, we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee, you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £400 but subject to change – up or down), personal travel insurance, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
We provide all meals on cycling days, but you will need to arrange and pay for your lunch and dinner on your two free days in Tokyo (Days 9 & 10). This is so that you will have more freedom and flexibility to spend these days as you wish.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we can send you. Otherwise, you can take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in Japan. British Nationals don't need a visa to enter Japan. You can stay as a visitor for up to three months.
The Dream Challenges team is here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you've registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.