500km Cycle Ride

The inaugural KIWL ride in 2013

A supported 500km 4-day cycling tour through Japan, for 40-45 cyclists of all ages, abilities, and nationalities. The KIWL 500 takes place in June each year and is our flagship event. The 2023 event will be our 10th Anniversary ride and we plan to make it special!

This event is not for beginners, each rider needs to be well-trained, and physically ready for the challenge. Each day is 100-150kms, some of it flat, some mountainous. Why do KIWL riders keep coming back? Because of the camaraderie, it is a significant personal achievement, they get to meet the kids for whom they are raising funds, and they ride through breathtaking scenery.    


We split the Peloton into smaller groups of 5-8 riders led by an experienced KIWL Veteran. The ride spans four challenging, but manageable days. Each of the first three days will be well over 100kms with at least 1,000 meters of elevation. Day 4 will be a shorter route in order that we arrive at the children's home in good time.

Is The KIWL 500 For You?

You don't have to be an elite cyclist, it's not a race. Less experienced cyclists can do it but they must commit to training hard in the months prior. It is not suitable for beginners. You need to be fit and have an adequate road bike. It is a challenging endurance ride.    

What Is Expected of a Participant?

The KIWL 500 is principally a fundraising event. Within the trip costs, a ¥50,000 donation to our chosen charity YouMeWe NPO, is included. However, if you independently raise ¥50,000 or more in donations, the entry fee is reduced by ¥50,000. Alternatively, if you introduce corporate sponsors, the donation is waived. Overall cost including the ¥50,000 donation, is about ¥150,000.

Corporate sponsorships range from ¥150,000-¥1,000,000 with logo's placed on the cyclists' kit. Companies make a direct donation to our chosen charity, ensuring that it directly and swiftly benefits kids in care.

How Can I Apply?

Applications open in early January 2023, closing at the end of the month. If we are over-subscribed, riders will be selected. Priority given to applicants who can bring corporate sponsorship but all are encouraged to apply, we try to be as inclusive as we can! Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept updated.

A link will be established in January 2023 on this page to allow you to apply.

To get a feel for the ride and KIWL in general, watch our most recent KIWL video here. We thank Custom Media for its production.



June 1-4, 2023.


Destination: Ichinoseki, Iwate prefecture. Departure point to be confirmed.