Japan Cycling Tour

Cycling Japan's Noto Peninsula from $6384 NZD
9 Days
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Japan is a cyclist’s dream — a blend of ancient and modern, cities and rice paddies, forests, mountains, and to top it off: hot springs for aching muscles!

This Japan cycling tour offers a contradiction to the senses. Be prepared to experience a rich history that dates back centuries and see the latest modern trends in fashion and electronics. Visit beautiful forests, mountains and sea coasts as well as futuristic architecture and transportation. Meet the polite and friendly people and stay in Japanese style accommodation. Starting from Kanazawa (city of castles), let the idiosyncrasies of Japan reveal themselves as we explore the rustic Noto Peninsula. We then mainly cycle along coastal roads before heading inland to the base of Mt Hakusan before finishing in Takayama where you’ll step back in time.

Kanazawa City to Takayama

Komatsu
  • Road Cycling
  • Grade
  • Road Cycling tour using HYBRID or MOUNTAIN bikes
  • Group size: minimum 4 / maximum 8
  • Single room: subject to availability & not guaranteed
  • USD165 bike hire
  • Prices subject to change for 2020
  • This tour is invoiced in USD
On the Japan cycling tour we'll cycle on good quality tarmac roads with some long days and hills. No technical experience required. The trip is fully supported; an air-conditioned bus follows us for the entire journey, so you can shorted your rides if you wish. Japan's very different seasons may well factor in your decision on what time of year to visit. In May, the azaleas are in full bloom around Mt. Aso and Mt. Kuji, whilst the autumn colours will dapple your day from September.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Kanazawa City: arrival day

Cycling: none

On arrival in Kanazawa City, please make your own way to your hotel which is located 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 familiarize yourself with this fantastic city. Visit Kenroku Gardens, former samurai houses and Machiya, traditional Japanese townhouses dating back to the Heian Period (8th-12th centuries) before returning to check in and enjoy a welcome dinner and trip briefing.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Kanazawa to Togi

Cycling: approx. 65 km

After a short transfer to the coast we start cycling on a flat bike path and do a stretch along the beach as well. En route we’ll have a short stop at the 2,000- year-old Keta Taisha Shrine and also check out Ganmon Cave, a natural arch in the sea. The last 20 kilometres of the ride will be undulating as we enter the Noto Peninsula. We finish and spend the night in Togi Town, where a hot spring awaits us at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Togi to Wajima

Cycling: 60 km

Today we’ll ride the Sekinohana coast to Minazuki and have a filling lunch of soba noodles. As we head along the ocean towards the fishing port of Wajima, we'll take the time to cool off and take in the rugged coastline and strange but beautiful formations shaped by wind and sea waves. Tonight we stay at a traditional Japanese Minshuku, where we sleep on futons and can bathe in a spring. We'll enjoy some excellent local seafood at our lodging where dinner is a communal affair and guests are expected to be on time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Wajima to Noto

Cycling: 80 km approx.

Before leaving Wajima town we'll wander through the Asa-Ichi morning market, famous for its lacquer-ware and fish. Then we start the longest cycling day of the trip. We ride around the tip of Noto and will see the terraced rice fields of Senmaida, and for those interested, make a quick stop at Old Tokukuni house, a former feudal lord's house. We pass Mitsuke Island before riding into Tsukumo Bay. Here we stay at a fantastic Japanese Ryokan (Inn) where there are hot springs inside caves and also magnificent views of the bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

Noto to Notojima Island to Wakura

Cycling: 70 km approx.

Firstly, an easy coast ride before we cross to Notojima Island. Here we spend the day riding around the island with the snow-covered peaks of the Japanese Alps as your background. On arrival at Wakura, one of Japan's more famous Onsen towns, we'll check into the wonderful Niji to Umi Inn, and give you plenty of time to relax in the baths that Wakura is famous for.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

Wakura to Takaoka

Cycling: 75 km

From Wakura we ride along more beautiful coast before turning inland and entering Takaoka through Kanayamachi. It is a well preserved area with traditional warehouses and houses from the Meiji Era and known for its copperware manufacturing roots. Once we check into our hotel it's worth going for a short walk to visit the National Treasure, Zuiryū-ji Temple and Takaoka’s Great Buddha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

Takaoka - Shirakawago

Cycling: 65 km

Follow a bike path along the Oyabe River to the base of the mountains and stop to check out Zuisen-ji Temple, one of the largest wooden structures left standing in Japan. Next we’ll head into the mountains for a few good climbs. After arriving we can spend the afternoon exploring Shirakawago, a World Heritage site famous for its Gassho Zukuris, nail-free "clasped hands" thatched roof houses. We’ll spend the night at a 200-year-old Gassho Zukuri and eat traditional mountain food, again with other guests at one sitting. An after dinner dip at the local onsen is recommended.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Shirakawago to Takayama

Cycling: 70 km

It will be an early start for the last day of riding. The route today takes us alongside an impressive dam before a nicely graded road leads us over two nice passes. We'll spend the afternoon looking around Takayama's old city where narrow lanes are lined with wooden buildings, housing sake breweries and quaint boutiques.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9

Departure Day

No cycling

This morning we’ll assist you with planning for your onward travels. You can jump on a morning train to Nagoya and then transfer to the bullet train for Kyoto or Tokyo.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 8 nights in hotels and Japanese style inns
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking riding guide(s)
  • Vehicle(s) for transport and general support
  • Cold drinking water, soft drinks and snacks while riding
  • Onsen or hot spring fees as indicated in the itinerary

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Domestic flights and/or trains pre or post tour
  • Passport and travel visa requirements
  • Arrival transfer day 1 (to Kanazawa hotel)
  • Airport departure transfer day 9 (from Takayama)
  • Early check-in / late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses and drinks
  • Bike hire (touring or mountain bike)
  • Optional activity and sightseeing costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide(s) and support crew (but not customary)

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