About NORU Kyoto

Who are we and what do we do?

乗る= NORU=to ride

And that’s exactly what we do.  We are a boutique cycling tour company based in Kyoto, Japan.  Combining our over 10 years of living and riding in Japan, we sought out to show travellers why Japan is truly the new cycling paradise.


More than just the great rides, our adventures are about providing a cultural immersion experience, showcasing Japan’s unique traditions, history, design, and craft.


We have 3 Kyoto city routes that were carefully crafted to blend city exploring, must-see attractions, and lesser-known stunning environments that are totally off-the-beaten-path.  Our traveller reviews have spoken, and we know we’re on to something right.


We also do single and multi-day road bike trips. These are completely bespoke and can be arranged with our trip planners.


Booking Process


  • 01

    All of our city routes can be booked directly through our website.

  • 02

    After booking one of our routes simply fill out the billing address details and pay by credit card or PayPal.

  • 03

    You will receive a confirmation email which provides detailed information on our starting location.

  • 04

    That’s it, no tickets to bring and nothing to print out. Come meet us for a 9am or 1pm departure and be ready for a great day on the bike!

Frequently Asked Questions

They are usually about 3.5 hours. Our Kyoto City Adventures route is usually closer to 4 hours.

Our tours are suitable for anyone over the age of 10 who can ride a bicycle. Like most urban cyclists in Kyoto, we typically ride on the sidewalks when possible for a more enjoyable experience.

Our easiest and most popular route is probably our Secret Kyoto Route. We recommend this route for families with children as traffic is minimal and you can relax and chat more while you pedal.

Cancellations are 100 percent refundable up to 24 hours in advance. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance are subject to a 5,000 yen penalty. We ask that you let us know of your cancellation as soon as possible. No-shows are nonrefundable. We reserve the right to cancel tours due to heavy rain, storms, or inclement weather. These cancellations will be refunded 100 percent.

Comfort and safety of our guests is our highest priority, therefore we usually cancel our bookings if we foresee a 50 percent chance of rain or greater. These will be canceled the day before. There is not much we can do in the rainy season however, so during this time we deal with the rain if and when it comes. It’s very unpredictable so we have raincoats!

Totally! We try our best to ensure that the group stays together at all times, therefore we always ride at a speed that is appropriate for all our guests. Please never hesitate to inform your guide about any requests or concerns you may have during the tour, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service and support along the way. Although water is provided at the start of the tour, we are always happy to stop for a quick refreshment when necessary. We recommend that our customers use the helmets provided at all times and obey all local traffic and safety laws.