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Journey to the East 2023

Journey to the East 2023

Cycle your way across two of the most dynamic countries of East Asia. From K-pop to Samurai to Sushi to Hot springs to Lonely mountain roads, an incredibly diverse range of experiences awaits!

RIDERS AND STAFF

John Hemmen

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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John Hemmen

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I have been an avid cyclist all my life and have done many tours on both road and mountain bikes. Cycling is simply the best way to travel through country, for it lends itself to a relaxed and visceral connection to the land and its people. I am a retired Emergency Physician and have done the Trans Europa, Odyssey, Pub Ride, and NAE tours previously with TDA.

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Anne Jarnagin

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Anne Jarnagin

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I love to cycle and experience the outdoors.

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

This will be my third TDA trip. I retired from a banking career in New York in 2016. I’ve done many other long distance cycling trips, including across the US in 2017.

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Joanna Jaworska

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Joanna Jaworska

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Poland

I'm 65 and live in Poland, close to Warsaw. After being very active in business (running my own company) and taking care of my family and our horse ranch, having no time and no interests in doing anything else than work, now I have more time for me and my sports activities, because my kids have taken over most of my work and responsibilities. So, a few years ago, I started to bike. I have done a few MTB biking trips in the mountains of Portugal, Austria and Albania. Last 2 years I’ve made bike touring in Norway, Scotland, Spain and Corsica.

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Volker Sydow

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Volker Sydow

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

I am a German national living in the UK, having done most of my cycling in France. So, about time to expand my horizon and discovering the Far East. Looking forward to seeing you all.

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Janardhan Iyengar

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Janardhan Iyengar

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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JL Faist

Rider

Seoul to Busan

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JL Faist

Rider
Seoul to Busan

United States

I'm a nurse and parent to two teens living at 2000m in the mountains of California. For now I'm praying for snow and a long ski season, but when the snow melts I'll hop on my bike and train for this tour. The longest tour I've done so far was 200km in two days on an old cruiser bike.

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THOMAS GIBSON

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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THOMAS GIBSON

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

United States

I'm mostly a mountain biker, but enjoy long distance road biking. Living in the mountains of Colorado.

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Nathan Williams

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Nathan Williams

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

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Jennifer Allen

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jennifer Allen

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Max D

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Max D

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Hi everyone. I live in California and enjoy traveling at bicycle speed-- stopping a lot for food or scenic views. I organize local rides and have done a fair number of one-week bike camping trips, but I'm looking forward to something longer and more adventurous! edit: I joined the first month of the 2022 Bamboo Road in Vietnam and Cambodia and had a great time. I'm planning to join Journey to the East (Korea/Japan) in 2023 as long as timing works out...

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Jim Hart

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jim Hart

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Leah Jay

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Leah Jay

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

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Glen Greedy

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Glen Greedy

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

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Bruce Lawson

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Bruce Lawson

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Canada

Greeting. I'm Canadian, born & raised in Toronto. I lead a private charitable foundation in the area of career development and employment for young Canadians from coast to coast to coast; we also have a particular focus on working with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Looking forward to reconnecting with friends from Pub Ride 2 and making new cycling friends!

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Tomas Gold

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Tomas Gold

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Miriam Gold

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Miriam Gold

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Jonathan Atkins

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Jonathan Atkins

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Canada

I am engineer from Toronto-always keen to travel and be active. Skiing, sailing and cycling & golf in no particular order would be top of the list. I loved the Hippe trail trip a few years ago and I'm looking forward to my next trip in 2023

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Melissa Morse

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Melissa Morse

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I have settled in Houston, Texas after living overseas for most of my adult life. Originally from suburban New Jersey, I headed to the Rocky Mountains for college and stayed a while to enjoy all the healthy living. I enjoy traveling on a bicycle; it provides more opportunity to interact with people, to smell the aromas and feel the elements, and it's a great way to burn enough calories to enjoy the flavors along the way. I haven't been very active since I had a hip replacement last year and am challenging myself to get back into shape with this Orient Express ride as my reward. On, on!

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Tom Perlmutter

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Tom Perlmutter

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

This will be my third TDA tour. The first was in 2019, Tour d'Afrique, the last full one before Covid. It was exhilarating and somewhat addictive. I'm including a link to my Tour d'Afrique blog. After a year and a half of confinement I was happy to jump on a bike and do TDA's inaugural Great American Road Trek. Looking forward to this one.

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Peter Glasson

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Glasson

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

New Zealand

I have cycled, run, and tramped all my life. My first long ride was riding the length of New Zealand years ago self supported but raising money for CPR training equipment for the NZ Red Cross. Later I cycled from Vancouver to Calgary over those beautiful magnificent Rockies. I have mountain biked off road across Spain on the Via de la Plata. Also across Europe from the Atlantic to Belgrade on the EV6. Last year (2018), the moment I retired (!), I cycled 3,200 kms right around France (Vive la France! Wow!) . In 2019 I cycled with TDA from Tuktoyaktuk to Puerto Vallarta. I am looking forward to seeing Baja California again and then Central America.

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Elizabeth Feit

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Elizabeth Feit

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Currently based in Florida USA, and enjoying the road biking here . The winds are our hills...I am always up for a distance riding, and the Korea/Japan tour with TDA looks like the perfect challenge...

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Thomas Fahy

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Thomas Fahy

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Ireland

I am an experienced road tour cyclist. I have been on many tours in Ireland and UK. I have also toured in Canada across the Rockies, IN USA: transam, Boston to NYC New Zealand south island top to bottom South Africa The Garden Route Beijing, China 7 day tour.

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Paul Holbrook

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Paul Holbrook

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Jackie Silverberg

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jackie Silverberg

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I’m a retired high school teacher . Im very fit and love riding my bike . That being said, not sure about riding full distance daily . I have done a few vehicle supported trips . I have ridden in Patagonia , the Atlas Mountains , Laos, Thailand ,and Borneo .Road Egypt and Sudan. With TDA

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Lee Taylor

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Lee Taylor

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am retired in Tucson, Arizona, married, and have been a bicycle tourist for the last 25 years or so. I road bike, mountain bike, and try to get in a tour each year. I have toured South America, Vietnam, Singapore to Thailand, Japan. At home rode the Great Divide Trail and Northern Tier among others. Normally I tour with friends self supported. The last three years I have done two supported tours. Did the last section of the North American Epic in December 2019. I am 74 years old.

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Heather Sia

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Heather Sia

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Australia

This will be my first TDA tour but I am really looking forward to the challenge. I love cycling and have lived in Japan previously, so this seemed a perfect match!

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Michel Bee

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Michel Bee

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, hiker. I am retired in Bend, Oregon, where there are many opportunities for outdoor activities.

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John Benoit

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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John Benoit

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Cycling is life and life is cycling! Recently retired and ecstatic to have time to feed my passion: exploring the world from the saddle of my bike.

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider

Tokyo to Sapporo

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider
Tokyo to Sapporo

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, swimmer. I currently live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where there are plenty of hills to climb. I rode Cairo to Babati plus Vic Falls to Cape Town in 2018/19/20 and look forward to completing the Babati-to-Vic-Falls portion.

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Ronnie Mandowsky

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Ronnie Mandowsky

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Canada

It was great riding with TDA on the Hippie Trail and after touring Japan (without a bike) in 2017 I knew I wanted to come back and see this unique country and Korea the right way. Looking forward to a very special experience.

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John Hemmen

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Anne Jarnagin

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Jeanine Hartnett

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Joanna Jaworska

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Volker Sydow

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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peter link

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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peter link

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

retired MD who likes to travel and can ride a bicycle. Will be visiting our fellow primates in Uganda before joining in Arusha.

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Mitch Long

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Mitch Long

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Irene Yam

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Irene Yam

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Grew up biking on the streets of San Francisco. Done 3 AIDS Lifecycle rides - 545 miles of fun over 7 days from SF to LA! Rode South Island of New Zealand over 10 days and 6 days in Provenance with Backroads. Looking forward to bike touring, it’s been met a dream to ride through Southeast Asia.

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Lizz Hale

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Lizz Hale

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Avid cyclist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. This will be my second trip with TDA.

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Kelley Hale

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Kelley Hale

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

"Capricorn. Avid cyclist. Gluten-full. And a hundred percent jazzed to meet you."

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bo fagergren

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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bo fagergren

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Sweden

Borned -56. Swedish. Love family, wife and son. Love bicycles and cycling. Some says that I'm very social. Think I have quite easy to connect to other people.

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rejean gauthier

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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rejean gauthier

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Hello I am from Quebec and this is my first trip with TDA

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Jane Tagney

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jane Tagney

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am a retired public health nurse and live in Juneau, Alaska. I rode the Orient Express tour in 2019, the Great American Road Trip in 2021 and the Trans-Caucuses tour in 2022 with my husband Neil.

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Looking forward to slowly making my way across Europe with a fabulous group of people.

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WAYNE RILEY

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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WAYNE RILEY

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Simon Lanyon

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Simon Lanyon

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

Looking forward to meeting everybody and especially looking forward to riding again with some very good friends from my 2 previous TDA trips. I have been wanting to visit Japan in particular for quite some time, and what better way to do it.

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Janice Lanyon

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Janice Lanyon

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

Cycling tours are such a great way to travel and to meet and make friends. I am looking forward to the challenge of riding Ruta Maya.

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Joseph Lee

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Joseph Lee

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I love to travel, and bicycle touring is my preferred way to see the world. This will be my first tour since Covid cancelled many plans. I’ve enjoyed 4 full TDA tours: Indian Adventure, Ruta Maya, Pub Ride, West Africa en Vélo. I’m excited to see Korea and more of Japan than Tokyo. I have travelled lots, but my list of places to visit never gets any shorter. I became a teacher, mainly because of the holidays, and I am now semi-retired, doing occasional teaching in between travels. Looking forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones. Now I need to get cycling again!

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Rob Wright

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Rob Wright

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Nancy Wright

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Nancy Wright

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Caroline Derouet

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Caroline Derouet

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Anthony Rock

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I'm a Canadian-American and split my time between urban urban life Brooklyn, NY and on the Northumberland Strait in Atlantic Canada. The Golden Buddha will be my 5th ride with TDA.

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Mitch Long

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Irene Yam

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Lizz Hale

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Kelley Hale

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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"Go! Go! Go! This was the most amazing traveling experience I've had to date! The tour structure allowed me to feel safe as part of a big group whilst it also gave me freedom to decide how to go about my ride each day. Knowing that I could stop as many times as I wanted to engage with locals or go to an art gallery in the middle of the way without affecting other riders was absolutely liberating!”

“TDA allows you to really experience the cultures of other countries. I love especially going places where tourists don’t go along with the usual tourist sites. You meet people that become friends for life. Awesome!”

"The 2,900-kilometre ride across South Korea and Japan will take you through modern cities and over lonely mountain roads, past temples and World Heritage Sites."

OVERVIEW JOURNEY TO THE EAST 2023


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
  • LAND OF MORNING CALM
  • LAND OF THE RISING SUN
  • WILD JAPAN
  • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
  • SEOUL TO BUSAN
  • NAGASAKI TO TOKYO
  • TOKYO TO SAPPORO
  • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
  • MAY 7 TO MAY 14
  • MAY 18 TO JUN 1
  • JUN 4 TO JUN 19
  • USD 16900
  • USD 4500
  • USD 8000
  • USD 8500
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
    • 16900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 1
    • LAND OF MORNING CALM
    • SEOUL TO BUSAN
    • May 7 - May 14
    • 4500 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 2
    • LAND OF THE RISING SUN
    • NAGASAKI TO TOKYO
    • May 18 - Jun 1
    • 8000 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 3
    • WILD JAPAN
    • TOKYO TO SAPPORO
    • Jun 4 - Jun 19
    • 8500 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

ALL DEPARTURES


  • 2023
  • 2024
  • 2025
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
  • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
  • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
  • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
  • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
  • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
  • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
  • USD 16900
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • 2023
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • May 7 - Jun 19
    • 16900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • 2024
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • May 7 - Jun 19
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • 2025
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • May 7 - Jun 19
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

Full tour riders, and sectional riders whose sections include Land of the Morning Calm and Land of the Rising Sun, must book and pay their own flight from Busan to Fukuoka.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$300 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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