The Japanese Odyssey

Delve into the unknown. Take the road less traveled. Be prepared.
The Japanese Odyssey is a bicycle endurance event.
Starting from Tokyo on August 12th, 2017, this third edition will take the riders to Kitakyushu, through nine mandatory segments. They will go through places of cultural significance to Japanese people. And will experience the magic of the “rural” Japan. They will zig-zag all over the road on steep climbs. They will ride through big cities that may be an assault on their senses, and may possibly lose their way in those densely populated and futuristic downtown areas.
Are you prepared to venture into our new odyssey?

One stage

You will have to go within 13 days through the nine mandatory segments,  till the finish line in Kitakyushu. How to manage it is up to you. You decide when, where and how long to stop off.

Go your way

There is nine mandatory segments you'll have to ride from end to end. Apart from that, nothing is imposed. Speed along highways or venture off the beaten track, the choice is yours.


The Japanese Odyssey is a long distance unsupported cycle adventure. We want to ensure equal opportunity for all riders, either local or non-japanese. This means that private assistance or pre-arranged support are prohibited. You may eat, sleep,  and service your bike at places also available to the other riders or at commercial shops.

No stopwatch

The Japanese Odyssey is a demanding adventure. And yet, it is not a competitive event. We definitely don’t see it as a race. Some riders will try to reach Kitakyushu as fast as possible. Others will ride for the sheer pleasure of making it to the finish line. There won’t be any ranking, nor official finishing times. Successful riders will be those who accomplish the course within the 13 days. And that’s it.