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. 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
  • 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


Noto Peninsula

Noto Satoyama Airport, 10−11-1 Miimachi Sue, Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture 929-2372, Japan

Start of trip

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?


All accommodation
All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners, including wine, beer & sake
Services of Great Explorations guide(s) and support vehicle
All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
Use of a road or hybrid bicycle, with helmet
Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including van support, bus transfers and internal fl ights
All baggage transportation
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service including internal flight(s)



2019 - 2020

Available on request: Groups of 4 or more. Dates are organized as per request.

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


4-16 participants


8 days / 7 nights


Noto / Kyoto


20-37+ miles daily
Van Supported




Land Cost:
US $7,595 (pp based on DBL)

Single Supplement:
US $1,250

Supplement if less than 8 pax
5 pax: US $800 pp.

7 pax: US $400 pp.

Bike Rental:
US $280

* Please note, the hotels we use on our Extension trips are personal favourites and we only share the names with those booking these with us. On Great Explorations Extension trips, the local expert guides we work with are the best in their fields and we hope they will make your time in these cities special.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in Canada.

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 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).


Day 1


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


Day 2


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


Day 3


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


Day 4


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.


Day 5


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.


Day 6


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).


Day 7


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


Day 8

Transfer to Kyoto arriving around noon.

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, and each guest room has its own private bath and toilet. The outdoor hot spring baths (same gender only) are smaller and 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.

Kagaya 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

This 18th century, former Jesuit, monastery boasts comfortable rooms in a quiet setting, and a fine restaurant with Chilean and international dishes. You won’t want to leave!


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