The Japanese Odyssey

The Japanese Odyssey is a endurance cycling event.
It's not a race.
It's about discovery, about exploration, about challenging yourself. Be prepared.

During our precedents visits to Japan, we fell in love small forest paths ; what Japanese call Rindo (林道). Through 13 deep in the woods checkpoints, we want you to experience riding those special roads. Starting from Tokyo on October 31st, 2018, this fourth edition will take you deep into the dense forests areas of Honshu.
Are you ready to discover the hidden rindo?

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.