500km Cycle Ride

KIWL 500 2023

A 500km 4-day cycling tour through Japan, for cyclists of all ages, sufficient abilities, and nationalities.

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? The camaraderie, the significant personal achievement, they meet the kids for whom they are raising funds, and they ride through breathtaking scenery.    

KIWL 500 2023


We split the Peloton into smaller groups led by an experienced KIWL Veteran. The ride spans four challenging days. This year, the 505km ride has daily distances of approximately:

Day 1: 150kms

Day 2: 160kms

Day 3: 130kms

Day 4: 70kms

That winning KIWL feeling!

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 total 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 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 request is waived. Overall cost including the ¥50,000 donation, is about ¥150,000 (subject to change).

Corporate sponsorships range from ¥200,000-¥1,500,000 with logo's placed on the cyclists' kit. A company can even sponsor a day of the ride with a dedicated jersey for the riders. Companies make a direct donation to our chosen charity, ensuring that it directly benefits kids in care.

How Can I Learn More?

Simply email us at info@kiwl.net to ask your questions.

How Can I Apply?

Applications for the 2024 ride are closed. If you wish to register your interest for the 2025 ride, please email us.



May 30th to June 2nd 2024


Shizuoka City to Takasaki