Our trip begins in Noto and ends in Kyoto. You will want to book your flights in and out of Tokyo. From North America, it will be necessary to depart the day before you need to arrive.
There are a number of airlines that fly to the Far East; 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).
Start cycling from the airport in Noto crossing from the middle of the peninsula to the northern coast. The quiet road passes through rice paddies and small villages until arriving in Wajima, 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. Ride Distance: 48 km ride through rural coastal landscapes with several 2-3 km climbs. Hotel – Notonosho Ryokan, Wajima
Visit the morning Asaichi (morning market) in Wajima. Ride along the coast stopping at 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 option to ride through small farming villages. Dinner at a local izakaya – Japanese tapas bar. Ride Distance – 43 km (27 mi.) along scenic roads linking small farming towns in isolated valleys, with several climbs before a long descent to a valley followed by lunch. Option of an additional 23km ride. Hotel – Notonosho Ryokan, Wajima
Ride Distance: up to 55 km
Wajima to Yoshigaura. After a brief transfer, bike along a quiet coastal road, winding northwards past 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’). A side-trip visits the Tokikuni Residences historic site and the oldest surviving residence on the Noto Peninsula with an irori firepit. After a visit to the Rokkazaki Lighthouse, reach the Lamp No Yado Ryokan. Transfer into town to a new fusion restaurant. Ride Distance: 54 km (33 mi.) ride that sweeps along the coast to the southeastern corner of the Noto Peninsula. Hotel – Lamp No Yado Ryokan, Noto
Noto to Wakura. Ride from our Ryokan through sleepy fishing villages, forests and pastoral landscapes along the coast. Stop at Koiji Beach and the Mitsukejima rock which juts out of the sea and was first discovered by Kobo Daishi, one of the most important figures of Japanese Buddhis. After lunch transfer to the hot spring town of Wakura Onsen, famous resort town with a hot spring. We will enjoy a kaiseki, a multi-course meal served in the traditional style. Ride Distance – 52 km (32 mi.) flat riding exploring villages and countryside. Hotel – Kagaya Ryokan, Wakura Onsen.
Today we bike the quiet roads of Noto Island along quiet coastal roads and past lush rice paddies through verdant landscapes. After a delicious lunch, transfer south to the fascinating city of Kanazawa, known for its well preserved Edo-era districts, art museums and regional handicrafts. Kenrokuen Garden, begun in the 17th century, is celebrated for its classic landscape designs incorporating ponds and streams. Adjacent Kanazawa Castle was built in the 1580s, after the defeat of the Peasant’s Kingdom, Japan’s only Buddhist fiefdom. Ride Distance: Up to 62 km (32m mi) of rolling terrain around Noto Island and inland on the peninsula.
We start the day with a tour of the Kenroukuen gardens followed by lunch at a superb restaurant. Afterwards, we transfer south to the hot spring resort of Yamanaka Onsen and ride a scenic loop. Back in town, enjoy a walk through the Kakusenkei Gorge with its iconic wooden bridge. The hot springs here were discovered 1300 years ago and provide soothing relief after a day of activity. We will have dinner out tonight. Ride Distance: City Walk followed by 35 km (22 mi) loop bike ride including a gentle climb of 15 km (9 mi).
Drive to begin our ride to the mountain temple of esoteric Buddhist. After lunch explore the shops of Yamanaka, explore the gorge below town or relax in the onsen. Enjoy a sake tasting at the hotel before dinner at the ryokan. Ride Distance: 38 km (23 mi.) with one significant climb before lunch. Hotel – Kayotei Ryokan, Yamanaka
Transfer to Kyoto arriving around noon.