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Join former Rugby World Cup legends in cycling the final leg of Race to RWC; an epic 231-day cross-continent journey undertaken by Ron Rutland and James Owens.

Shotaro Onishi, former Japan rugby international (RWC 2007) will play host to an intimate 5-day cycling experience from Osaka to Tokyo, joined by 2007 World Cup winning captain John Smit for the final few days into Tokyo.

The cycle will help Ron and James raise valuable funds for ChildFund Pass It Back, a rugby-based program teaching important life skills to children and youth living in developing communities in Asia, as well as young people in Japan.

Starting from Osaka on Saturday 14th September, join Ron and James cycle over 520kms onwards Tokyo via Mt Fuji, completing their remarkable journey to deliver the official opening match referee whistle to kick of Rugby World Cup 2019.

What is included:

  • One English speaking guide
  • One additional tour support member
  • One international doctor
  • One Support vehicle
  • Tailored route from Osaka to Tokyo
  • Accommodation - single / twin options
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Water and road snacks whilst cycling
  • Bike hire – Road or Cross bikes
  • Race to RWC arrival cocktail function - 19th September

What is not included:

  • Alcoholic beverages (including during meals)
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters
  • Travel (including flights, trains, etc) to/from starting and finishing locations
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa fees
  • Maps and navigation aids
  • Travel insurance
  • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation on the 19th September


DAY 1 (14th Sept 2019) – Pre-Tour, Osaka!
Before the challenge starts you will spend one night at the accommodation at Osaka. September is the end of the summer in Japan. Not as hot as July and August but be prepared for average temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees, with a bit cooler temperatures in the mountain areas.

DAY 2 (15th Sept 2019) – Osaka - Yokkaichi (123km, 1216m)
Today you will test your bikes by heading to Yokkaichi. After leaving the city behind you can have a short break and enjoy the views at Mt Ikoma. A little further you will meet the Kizu River and follow this until you reach Iga Ueno, an old feudal castle town famous for the Ninja, its beautiful castle and the birthplace of one of Japan’s greatest poets, Basho. You will stop for a lunch break at Iga Ueno. From here you cycle past Kameyama to Suzuka, renowned for the Formula 1 circuit. From Suzuka there is just a short distance remaining before you reach the destination of today: The port town of Yokkaichi.

DAY 3 (16th Sept 2019) – Yokkaichi - Toyohashi (97km, 1390m)
You will cycle along the Ise Bay and Nagoya outskirts toward Toyohashi. First you will ride in the direction of Kuwana at the confluence of several rivers that reach the sea near here and well-known for the Nabanosato plant nursery and Nagashima Spa land. After crossing the rivers, you reach the suburbs of Nagoya, the 4th largest city in Japan and acclaimed for its castle and delicious food. Then you continue to Okazaki, the birthplace of Ieyasu Tokugawa, one of the most important persons in the history of Japan. The city is also known for its beautiful castle. We stop at Okazaki castle for a lunch break. From here you continue cycling to Toyohashi.

DAY 4 (17th Sept 2019) – Toyohashi - Shizuoka (118km, 1329m)
Next you will cycle along the coast to Shizuoka city. You will first cycle towards Lake Hamana. After crossing the lake via a bridge, you reach Hamamatsu, the capital city of Shizuoka prefecture. The city is an industrial Hub and has, for Japan, a remarkable international population with many people from Brazil and Peru. After a coffee break you will continue riding to Iwata, where the headquarters of Yamaha are located. You have lunch at Kakegawa, home to a rebuilt 15th century castle with panoramic views of the city. From here you will cycle the last stretch of the day to Shizuoka. On our way you will pass tea plantations as Shizuoka prefecture is renowned for tea.

DAY 5 (18th Sept 2019) – Shizuoka – Fuji - Tsuru (160km, 1600m)
Set out from Shizuoka to The Fuji Five Lakes Area with some pretty lakes at the foot of Mt. Fuji and some relaxing hot springs. You will start cycling along the coast before you make your way up along the rim of Mt. Fuji. You will have your lunch break near the Shiraito falls, a unique wide waterfall in a lush environment. Then you cycle your way up along the Aokigahara forest and past the Narusawa Ice Cave. From there you will approach the Fuji Five lake area then we continue to cycle to Tsuru a quaint quiet town along the Katsura river.

DAY 6 (19th Sept 2019) – Tsuru – Ajinomoto – Tokyo Stadium (50km, 200m)
The last stretch of the challenge will take you to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. You will go through Sagamihara passing two scenic lakes. From there you will cycle to the Tsukui Lake as you approach the urban sprawl of Tokyo. Before celebrating your arrival at DHL’s Rugby World Cup™ Arrival Event.

Important Information:

  • We cannot guarantee all riders will stay in the same hotel, or that riders will have similar room allocations. Reservations will depend on availability at the time of booking.
  • Some restaurant partners cannot accommodate 20-30 guests at one time. In these situations, we will manage the flow of riders so that everyone can enjoy a great meal.
  • Dietary requirements will be managed on an individual basis. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate for severe food allergies or strict dietary restrictions on this tour.
  • Bikes will come with flat pedals. (Bring cycling pedals if you prefer clip-in).
  • Please note, final route and details are subject to change

Package price

  • Private Room: €3,070 (US$3,415) per person
  • Double (shared) Room: €2,920 (US$3,245) per person
  • To book your place today please contact
  • Places are limited.

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