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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
- Day 1Kanazawa City
The group meets in Kanazawa for a trip briefing and welcome dinner.
- 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.
- 40.4 miles
- Day 3Beautiful Sekinohana Coast
Ride the Sekinohana coast to the historical port city of Wajima and admire the stunning rock formations. Stay at traditional Minshuku where a hot spring awaits. Enjoy some excellent local seafood where dinner is a communal affair and guests are expected to be on time.
- 37.3 miles
- 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 for tonight has magnificent views of the bay and hot springs.
- 49.7 miles
- Day 5Explore Notojima Island and relax at Wakura
Spend the day exploring Notojima Island, against a backdrop of snow-covered Japanese Alps. Relax in the famous baths at Wakura.
- 43.5 miles
- 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, its traditional structures dating back to the Meiji Era. Once checked in at the hotel in Takaoka, its worth going for a short walk to the National Treasure, Zuiryū-ji Temple and Takaoka's Great Buddha.
- 46.6 miles
- Day 7Head into the mountains and explore Shirakawa-go
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. An after dinner dip at the local onsen is recommended.
- 40.4 miles
- 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.
- 43.5 miles
- Day 9Goodbyes and onward travel planning
The tour organizer 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.