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. The food is fantastic and staying in traditional Ryokans allows you the most authentic experience. Our Luxe level trip stays in the very best luxurious hotels in the region. This is truly a trip like no other.

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
  • New (2019) Cannondale hybrid bikes (our fleet, not rentals)
  • Food that is superb –if you’ve never been to Japan, you are in for an experience like no other
  • 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

Yoshigaura

Yoshigaura Bus Stop, 寺家 Misakimachi, Suzu, Ishikawa, Japan

Day 3

Wakura Onsen

Wakura Onsen, Wakuramachi, Nanao, Ishikawa, Japan

Day 4+5

Yamanaka

Yamanakaonsen Higashimachi, Kaga, Ishikawa, Japan

Day 6+7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

All accommodation (7 nights)
All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners in the best restaurants in the region
Services of Great Explorations guide(s) and support vehicle
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
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2020

May 9-16
May 16-23
Oct 23-30

Dates are organized as per 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 / Kaga

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate +
40-60km daily with options for additional
Van Supported

TERRAIN

Rolling with some short steep hills in places - van support available

COST

Land Cost (assuming 8+ pax):
US $7,550 (pp based on DBL)

Single Supplement:
US $1,250

Supplement if less than 8 pax
4-5 pax: US $1,200 pp.
6-7 pax: US $800 pp.

Bike Rental:
US $280

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 in Noto and ends in Kaga. 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 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).

We will purchase your domestic ticket from Tokyo to Noto for Day 1 of your trip and send to you 30 days prior to your trip.


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Day 1

Noto

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 or Yashio Ryokan, Wajima

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Day 2

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. Transfer into town to a new fusion restaurant. 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 or Yashio Ryokan, Wajima
Ride Distance: up to 55 km

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Day 3

Yoshigaura

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.  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

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Day 4

Wakura

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 Buddhism. 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 – Matsunomidori Ryokan, Wakura Onsen.

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Day 5

Wakura

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.

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Day 6

Yamanaka

We start the day with a tour of the Kenroukuen gardens followed by lunch at a superb French-Japanese 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).

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Day 7

Yamanaka

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

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Day 8

We offer a shuttle to the Kaga train station after breakfast. You can reach Tokyo or Kyoto by train.

Notonosho Ryokan, Wajima

This is a Luxurious Ryokan located on the Sea of Japan with a wonderful view of Wajima Bay. There are 20 Japanese-style rooms. The outdoor hot spring baths have views of Notonosho’s Japanese garden. Traditional Japanese cuisine with fresh seafood dishes are served.


Lamp No Yado, Noto

Facing the Sea of Japan, this luxurious ryokan boasts a remote and tranquil location. There are mountain and river views and in the evening there are only lamp lights- magical. Traditional Japanese cuisine is served for breakfast and dinner.


Matsunomidori Ryokan, Wakura

Kagaya has been ranked No.1 overall for 36 consecutive years in the “Top 100 Hotels & Ryokans Voted by Industry Professionals”. At this century-old onsen ryokan, guests experience the Kagaya tradition of “heartfelt hospitality” in the form of impeccable services, gourmet dining, premium facilities, and meticulous arrangements.


Kayotei Ryokan, Yamanaka

Kayotei Ryokan is one of the most charming and distinctive ryokans in Japan. The ten suite rooms are arranged in the traditional sukiya style of a tea ceremony pavilion, and the antiques and furnishings make this a living museum. The service and hospitality here is unmatched. Their breakfast has won awards for the best in Asia.



			


Trip Reviews

September 27, 2019

“This was one of the best trips that I have been on for a variety of reasons….the rides, staff, hotels, and food. I have
not been on any other trip like it! I would highly recommend this trip as being a trip of a lifetime. The region was fantastic….hills, rice paddies, oceans,…such a variety of rides in a region that offers so much. The Ryokans were wonderful! My favourite was the Lamp no Yado just because of the location…it was the highlight for me. Loved being on the ocean. Over going to the onsens after a day of riding. Liked all the meals! Kenroken Garden, Natadera Temple plus enjoyed seing the paper maker and wood turner. Great variety of places to visit and nice to have a break from riding. Good combination! Maps & route instructions were easy to follow. Nice to have them just in case but really didn’t need them too much since the leader as well as the support team were never far away. Great variety of rides. Loved the challenge of the hills plus the beauty of the land and ocean. Fantastic! Anthony was so knowledgeable and knew the area very well. If I was in doubt about the difficultly of the ride, he was able to describe it plus I was able to hitch a ride. The snacks were delicious and welcomed! Both guides were amazing and it was great that Taro spoke Japanese as well as Anthony. I can’t say enough about them plus Robbin was great too. Always had a joke as well as being a very strong rider. New bikes which were comfortable and perfect for the type of rides that were offered.”

May 28, 2019

Food, biking, cultural events, Ryokan service, onsens were all amazing. For me, rural Japan shows the essence of Japanese culture, that people find something to be passionate about, whether serving tea, preparing food, making paper, or greeting you at a Ryokan. Then they work hard on details to produce something special. And, undoubtably, the result is amazing. Such passion and effort is something we can all learn from. All accommodation was great. Especially loved the quaint seaside location, food and service of the Lamp Ryokan. The final Ryokan had the most amazing service as the staff appeared wherever we were to make sure all went well – the grandfather made a surprise visit at the train station to make sure we got on the right train. Food was also great. The meals provided an opportunity to understand that no matter what kind of food Japan serves, it is amazing. Loved all meals. Loved all events! Maybe the Sake one was a highlight, with the adorable, spunky sake master. The rides were challenging but manageable. I was worried that I was going to “die” each day, but was relieved that the most difficult days were the first 2, and that I could relax(somewhat) for the rest of the trip. Snacks were superb – great mix of salty, sweet, unusual and interesting Japanese fruit, cookies, crackers, powerbars, candy and chocolate. These were the best snacks on a bike trip.

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