500km Cycle Ride

The inaugural KIWL ride in 2013


A 500km 4-day cycling tour through Japan (coast to coast), for male & female riders of all ages and nationalities. We only have 45 coveted places! The 2022 ride takes place June 9-12, subject to an acceptable COVID-19 status.

This event is not for beginners, each rider needs to be well-trained, and mentally 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 it is a significant personal achievement, they experience the emotion of meeting the kids for whom they are raising funds, and they ride through breathtaking scenery mostly on quiet country roads. And, get fit while making new cycling comrades!      


We split the Peloton into 5-6 smaller groups led by an experienced KIWL Veteran.

Day1: Tokyo-Karuizawa

Day 2: Karuizawa-Hakuba

Day 3: Hakuba-Toyama

Day 4: Toyama-Kanazawa

Approx. 510kms over 4 days.

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 achieve sufficient levels of fitness, 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 ¥150,000 trip costs, a ¥50,000 donation to KIWL's chosen charity, YouMeWe NPO is accounted for. However if you independently raise Y50,000 in donations from friends, family or colleagues before the ride, the entry fee is reduced to Y100,000. Alternatively, if you introduce corporate sponsors for our jersey, or organize a separate KIWL fundraising event, the entry fee is also discounted to ¥100,000.

Corporate sponsorships range from ¥150,000-500,000 with logo's placed on the jersey. Companies make the donation to YouMeWe ensuring that it directly benefits kids in care.

To get a feel for the ride and KIWL in general, watch our 2021 KIWL video here. We thank Custom Media for its production.



June 9-12, 2022


Tokyo, Karuizawa, Hakuba, Toyama, Kanazawa