Cycle around the Noto Peninsula
Visit samurai houses, traditional townhouses and Gassho Zukuris as you discover the story behind these structures.
Savor delicious seafood prepared the Japanese way which have been caught in Noto's abundant waters.
Far from the modern cities, let the country's natural resources be revealed

Japan's Noto Peninsula

9 days
Site savings
$4,219 USD

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.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    9 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    301.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    42.9 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    9 days
  • Main Destination
  • Distance
    301.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    42.9 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Kanazawa City

    Upon arrival, the group meets at Dormy Inn, a two-minute walk from Kanazawa Station. If you arrive much earlier before the check-in time, you can leave your luggage at the hotel and familiarise yourself with this fantastic city. Try visiting the Kenroku Gardens, former samurai houses, and see Machiya's - traditional Japanese townhouses dating back to the Heian Period (8th-12th centuries).

    A welcome dinner awaits you in the evening along with a tour briefing.

    • Dormy Inn
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2Start the journey with a coastal ride and finish in a hot spring.

    The journey begins with a warm up ride along the coast, stopping at the 2,000 year-old Keta Taisha Shrine and the Ganmon Caves. The last 20 kilometers of the ride will be undulating as you enter the Noto Peninsula. A hot spring awaits at the hotel as you finish in the town of Togi.

    • 42.3 miles
    • -124.7 ft
      1,446.9 ft
      1,571.5 ft
    • Togi Sea Side Villa
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Beautiful Sekinohana Coast

    Ride the Sekinohana coast to the historical port city of Wajima and admire the stunning rock formations shaped by the wind and waves.

    Stay at a traditional Minshuku where a hot spring awaits to relax your tired muscles. Enjoy some excellent local seafood where dinner is a communal affair and guests are expected to be on time.

    • 39.8 - 37.3 miles
    • -26.2 ft
      2,670.6 ft
      2,696.9 ft
    • Mangetsu Minshuku
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Ride around Noto and see the terraced rice fields of Senmaida

    Before leaving Wajima town, wander through Asa-Ichi morning market that is famous for its lacquerware and fish. Today the ride will be around the tip of Noto and it will be the longest cycling day of the trip.  See the terraced rice fields of Senmaida and Old Tokukuni House, a former feudal lord's house. The ryokan (inn) for tonight has magnificent views of the bay and hot springs inside caves.

    • 57.2 miles
    • 36.1 ft
      3,136.5 ft
      3,100.4 ft
    • Haykurakuso Ryokan
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  5. Day 5Explore Notojima Island and relax at Wakura

    Today is an easy coastal ride before you cross to Notojima Island, where you will spend the day riding around the island with the snow-covered peaks of the Japanese Alps in the background. Upon arrival at Wakura, one of Japan's famous onsen towns,  check in to the wonderful Umi to Niji Inn with plenty of time to relax in the baths that Wakura is famous for.

    • 48.5 miles
    • -16.4 ft
      2,696.9 ft
      2,713.3 ft
    • Umi to Niji Inn
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  6. Day 6More beautiful coastlines and a visit to a National Treasure

    A day of scenic coastal rides turns inland to explore the well preserved area of Takaoka with its traditional warehouses and houses dating back to the Meiji Era. Once checked in at the hotel in, its worth going for a short walk to visit the National Treasure,  Zuiryū-ji Temple and Takaoka's Great Buddha.

    • 45.4 miles
    • 36.1 ft
      1,774.9 ft
      1,738.8 ft
    • Hotel New Otani
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  7. Day 7Head into the mountains and explore Shirakawa-go

    Follow a bike path along the Oyabe River to the base of the mountains and stop to check out the Zuisen-ji Temple, one of the largest wooden structures left standing in Japan.

    Head into the mountains for a few good climbs and then spend the afternoon exploring the famous World Heritage site, Shirakawa-go. It is famous for its Gassho Zukuris, nail-free "clasped hands" thatched roof houses.  The night will be spent in one of these 200-year old Gassho Zukuri's with a delicious dinner of traditional mountain food along with other guests in one sitting. An after dinner dip at the local onsen is recommended.

    • 47.8 miles
    • Magoemon
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  8. Day 8The last day of riding

    The last day of riding eases by an impressive dam on the way to wooden style sake breweries and quaint boutiques that line Takayama’s old city.

    • 37.3 miles
    • 311.7 ft
      3,956.7 ft
      3,645 ft
    • Spa Hotel Alpina
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  9. Day 9Goodbyes and onward travel planning

    The tour operator can assist with your onward travels to your next adventure. You can take the morning train to Nagoya and transfer to the bullet train bound for Kyoto or Tokyo.

    • Breakfast