500km Cycle Ride

The inaugural KIWL ride in 2013

500km 4-day cycling tour through Japan, for 40-45 amateur cyclists of all ages and nationalities. The KIWL 500 takes place in June of 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. Oh, and to get fit and give back!      


We split the Peloton into 5-6 smaller groups led by an experienced KIWL Veteran. We split the ride into four challenging, but manageable days. Our 2022 ride was as follows:-

Day1: Tokyo-Karuizawa, 160kms

Day 2: Karuizawa-Hakuba, 135kms

Day 3: Hakuba-Toyama, 130kms

Day 4: Toyama-Kanazawa, 90kms

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, or organize a separate KIWL fundraising event, the donation is waived. Overall cost including the ¥50,000 donation, is about ¥125-150,000. Just ¥10,000 per month to save up!

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.

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. Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept updated. A link will be established on this page to allow you to apply.

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 2023. Dates to be announced in Jan 2023.


Route to be announced in 2023.