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Japan's Noto Peninsula
Jutting out into the Sea of Japan, the remote Noto Peninsula offers a coastline of impressive seascapes to explore by bike. While the rugged Western coast rises and falls, eroded as it is by wind and wave, the Eastern coast enjoys a calmer shore and stunning views of the distant Nagano alpine peaks. Starting in Kanazawa, explore the peninsula before heading down to Shirakawa-Go and finishing up in the beautiful city of Takayama.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration9 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance301.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance42.9 miles
How long is the tour? How many days of riding?
This tour is 9 days long, with 7 riding days.
How many riders will be in the group?
The group size can range from 4 - 8 riders.
What's the tour like?
The cycling around Noto Peninsula is moderately challenging with a few climbs. You will ride 512 km (318mi) on quiet roads with amazing views. The first few days riding are undulating, giving you ample time to warm up for the inclines towards the end of the trip, but averagely fit cyclists will have no problems.
Suitability: This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. This trip is not too arduous, so riders with less experience are more than welcome, although the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it.
Biking Conditions: This trip is along tarmac roads in good condition, and there is no technical riding. The trip is fully supported; an air-conditioned bus follows the group for the entire journey, so exhausted riders can skip the tougher sections if they wish.
Am I safe?
The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a cycling tour.
Where does the tour start and finish?
The tour starts at the hotel in Kanazawa City which is a two-minute walk from Kanazawa train station. For those flying in, Komatsu Airport (KMQ) is the closest.
The tour finishes at Takayama where you can take a train to Nagoya and then transfer to a bullet train bound for Kyoto or Tokyo. The nearest airport to Takayama is Toyama Airport (TOY).
Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19
The Tour Operator is committed to ensuring all trips are safe and that they travel responsibly with the safety of riders, staff and local communities paramount, always.
Their health and safety policies follow recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators and they have worked with all their suppliers to undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and safety audit for every trip. As every country is different with varying and fast-changing requirements for entry, they require for every trip tocommit to the following basic requirements:
- All participants must be double vaccinated by a recognised vaccine and will need to show evidence upon booking and on arrival.
- All Tour Operator tour leaders and support staff will have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training course and will all have been double vaccinated prior to a tour starting. For 2021 departures onwards, they are planning to have our leaders tested within 72 hours of meeting the group.
- The Tour Operator follows the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocol and has received the stamp of approval, which provides travellers with an assurance that they have adopted the health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.