Extending out into the Sea of Japan, the Noto Peninsula is the perfect region of Japan to experience the many contrasts of this enigmatic country. Cycle beautifully paved country roads past fishing villages and ancient temples, soak in mountain hot springs, enjoy the ceremony and rituals. Our Classic level trip enjoys two nights in each of Wajima, Suzu (one night in Wakura Onsen) and Kanazawa, and we stay at distinctive properties with a mix of hotels and ryokans.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
  • Hotel properties unique and distinctive including traditional ryokans
  • A ride you will never forget: each of the rides will be memorable through lush valleys and along the coast on quiet roads
  • Food that is superb –if you’ve never been to Japan, you are in for an experience like no other
  • Cannondale Quick model hybrid bikes (our fleet)
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises

Location

Noto Peninsula

Noto, Ishikawa, Japan

Day 1

Wajima

Wajima, Ishikawa, Japan

Day 2

Suzu

Suzu, Ishikawa, Japan

Day 3+4

Wakura Onsen

Wakura Onsen, Wakuramachi, Nanao, Ishikawa, Japan

Day 5

Kanazawa

Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

Day 6+7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of Great Explorations guide(s)
Support vehicle
7 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including van support
Domestic flight from Tokyo to Noto on Day 1 of the trip
All baggage transportation
Welcome and final night wine receptions
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

Not Included

Bike rental

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2024

May 5-12
May 12-19
May 19-26
Oct 13-20
Oct 20-27

2025

Dates available upon request

Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

4-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Noto / Kanazawa

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate +
40-70 km daily
Van Supported

TERRAIN

Rolling with some short steep climbs

COST

Land Cost:
US $4,250* (pp based on DBL)

Single Supplement:
US $1,065

*Supplement if less than 8 pax:
4-5 pax: US $800 pp.
6-7 pax: US $400 pp.

Bike Rental:
Cannondale Quick model Hybrid- US $280
E-bike (Giant Escape RX-E+) rentals available on request– US$560
Race bikes available on request– US$560

Optional Pre-trip Extension in Tokyo:
US $595 pp 2D/2N – includes 1/2 day with local guide
Single Supplement: $150

US $795 pp 3D/3N – includes 1/2 day walking tour with local guide and 1/2 day cycling or 1/2 day walking tour on 2nd day
Single Supplement: $200

Optional Post-trip Extension in Kyoto:
US $595 pp 2D/2N – includes 1/2 day with local guide
Single Supplement: $150

US $795 pp 3D/3N – includes 1/2 day walking tour with local guide and 1/2 day cycling or 1/2 day walking tour on 2nd day
Single Supplement: $200

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

Our trip begins at the Noto airport and ends in Kanazawa. You will want to book your international flights in and out of Tokyo (Haneda airport). From North America, it will be necessary to depart the day before you need to arrive. You will need to book at least one night in Tokyo and on Day 1 of the trip, you will need to fly to Noto on the 8:55 am flight, which arrives at 9:50 am.

There are a number of airlines that fly to the Tokyo; From the United States: United, American, ANA, JAL all offer non-stop flights. From LA, Cathay Pacific, Delta, American, JAL, United, Singapore Airlines all offer non-stop flights. From Canada, Air Canada has direct flights from Toronto (1:35 arrive 4:55+1) & Vancouver (1:45 arrive 4:40+1 non-stop).


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Pre-trip Extension Day -2 & -1

Optional
Tokyo Extension

What is included:

  • 2 or 3 nights lodging (our favourite 4-star hotel)
  • 1/2 day guide
  • City Guide Tokyo (itineraries and restaurant suggestions)

Cost:
2 days/2 nights – US $595 pp
3 days/3 nights – US $795 pp (if doing the 3 days, you can opt for a ½ day cycling on the 3rd day)

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Day 1

Noto

We start cycling right from the airport in Noto crossing from the middle of the peninsula to the northern coast. There is almost no traffic on our route and we’ll stop at a 500 year old temple for lunch. The quiet road passes through rice paddies including  the Senmaida Rice fields, a hillside of terraced rice fields along the Sea of Japan. There are over 2000 small rice fields that must be worked by hand, (senmaida literally means ‘a thousand rice fields’). Wajima is centered around a protected harbor on the Sea of Japan. Famous for its morning market (dating back over 1,000 years) and its lacquerware, the city’s most well known handicraft. We will host a welcome reception before dinner at a local restaurant. Ride Distance: 48 km; 650 m gain or 60 km; 725 m gain.

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Day 2

Wajima

Visit the morning Asaichi (morning market) in Wajima, perhaps enjoying a coffee at a cool bar. Ride along the coast stopping at a Sojiji Temple for an introduction to Zen Buddhism. There were over 16,000 temples across the country when Zen Buddhism was popular and many of these have been restored and interesting to view. After lunch, there is an option to continue to ride through small farming villages back to Wajima, stopping to learn about laquer-ware at a renowned artisanal shop.  We will dine at the fantastic Atelier de Noto restaurant on this night. Ride Distance – 37 km; 610 m or 65 km; 975 m.

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Day 3

Suzu

Bike from Wajima through the interior of Noto, winding along quiet roads and passing through small villages. We will visit a washi paper making studio where you will have the opportunity to  make paper using ancient methods. Lunch will be at a local restaurant along the way whose specialty is Noto beef. Arriving to Notojiso Lodge, you will marvel at the outstanding views of Koiji Beach and the Mitsukejima rock which juts out of the sea; this area was first discovered by Kobo Daishi, one of the most important figures of Japanese Buddhism. Take a hot spring and enjoy dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.  Ride Distance: 50 km; 750 m gain  Hotel – Notojiso Lodge at Suzu Hot Springs

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Day 4

Suzu

Today we will ride around the tip of Noto Peninsula, stopping to learn about salt farming en-route to a lunch venue owned by a former mermaid diver. Women used to free-dive naked for clams while their husbands sat in their boats to haul up the catch. Hike to an outstanding lookout point and then pass Rokkosaki lighthouse and Sanctuary Cape, one of three power spots in Japan, along with Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi and Bungui-toge in Nagano. We head out to a restaurant tonight featuring fresh seafood and other delicacies. Ride Distance: 58 km; 700 m gain

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Day 5

Noto to Wakura Onsen

Ride from Suzu through sleepy fishing villages, forests and pastoral landscapes along the coast, with a morning stop at a strawberry farm.  After lunch at an Italian cafe on the coast, we will continue south and enjoy a tour of a sake brewery run by one of the few female sake makers in Noto and then along a dramatic stretch of coast to Anamisu. From here, we transfer 30 minutes to the hot spring town of Wakura Onsen. The onsen at Tadaya is sublime. This is a free night for dinner and your guides will offer lots of recommendations.  Ride Distance – 42 km;  600 m or 67 km; 860 m gain

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Day 6

Wakura Onsen

Today we bike the quiet roads of Noto Island along quiet coastal roads and past lush rice paddies through verdant landscapes. Wakura Onsen is a hot spring resort town with a 1200-year history. Walk over to the Musee de H and try the pastries at Tsujiguchi’s pastry shop. He was born in Nano-city in 1967 and at 23, became the youngest to win 1st prize at the National competition for confectionary skills. He studied in France and opened his first patisserie Mont Saint Clair in Tokyo in 1998. You’ll have a free night for dinner and we’ll provide recommendations – there are lots of great options. Ride Distance: 51km; 760m gain or 66km; 814m.

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Day 7

Kanazawa

We will explore more of Nanao region this morning cycling around Nanao Bay, including a stop at a cool coffee shop/café; we’ll aim to be back at our hotel by noon to shower and change (love those onsens) to transfer to Kanazawa for lunch at a unique Japanese/French bistro. Afterwards, we visit Kanazawa Castle, which was built in the 1580s, after the defeat of the Peasant’s Kingdom, Japan’s only Buddhist fiefdom. For our final night celebrations, we will walk through the samurai district and enjoy dinner at an acclaimed restaurant. Ride Distance: 30 km; 315 m gain loop or 71km; 830m.

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Day 8

Departure Day

For those that wish to visit Kenrokuen Garden you can do so OYO after breakfast. Begun in the 17th century, these gardens are celebrated for its classic landscape designs incorporating ponds and streams. You can definitely spend 1-2hours here!

You can depart at your leisure; the hotel will arrange taxis to Kanazawa station – the Shinkansen train gets you to Tokyo in 2h30 or you can reach Kyoto in 2h19.

If you are doing the Extension to Kyoto, you might want to plan to arrive after lunch, as check-in time is typically 3pm.

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Post-trip Extension Day 8 & 9

Optional
Kyoto Extension

What is included:

  • 2 or 3 nights lodging (our favourite 4-star hotel)
  • Full day guide (tour will include: Kinkaku-ji Temple, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-Dera District – Kiyomizu-dera temple; San-nen-zaka quarter, Yasaka Pagoda & Gion district)
  • City Guide Kyoto (information and restaurant suggestions)

Cost:
2 days/2 nights – US $595 pp
3 days/3 nights – US $895 pp

Yashio, Wajima

This small Ryokan boasts a great location close to Wajima center and wonderful views over the Sea of Japan with a great beach in front of the hotel. Guest rooms (all with sea-views) are Japanese style with tatami mats and futon with living rooms and soaking tubs and there is an spa on site. Meals are served in private shoji-screened dining areas.


Notojiso Lodge, Suzu

This is one of our favourite hotels in the region. Newly renovated with outstanding views, rooms have terraces overlooking Mitsukejima island and beach.


Tadaya Ryokan, Wakura Onsen

This stylish new 'design' hotel blends modern decor with western comforts. The hotel has a great location, close to the center.


Hyatt Centric, Kanazawa

This 4-star hotel is the best in Kanazawa and conveniently located next to the train station and approximately 2km from the teahouses in the Higashi Chaya District. Guest rooms are large and the breakfast is excellent. There's an elegant restaurant and roof-top bar.



			

Trip Reviews

October 26, 2023

“The trip exceeded expectations. Gorgeous scenery. Good roads. Fabulous extras. Amazing guides! The paper-making was special and drumming show was great.”

October 26, 2023

“The trip exceeded our expectations! Loved the local knowledge of our guides and the paper making was amazing. I loved all the rides, the picturesque bays, small inlets, streets and village houses. Fun to find pizza in a fishing hamlet and loved the French bistro in Kanazawa. This trip was the best part of our longer trip. Amazing multilingual guides. The food was amazing!”

October 26, 2023

“The scenery was amazing and the guide’s knowledge of the area and of Japanese culture really made the trip. Wakura Onsen was spectacular and the brewery, paper making and walking tour in Kanazawa were great. Dinner at l’Atelier de Noto was a highlight.”

October 26, 2023

“Scenery and culture were awesome!”

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