Japan's Noto Peninsula

Day 1 Kanazawa City

Upon arrival, the group meets at Dormy Inn, 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 familiarise 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.

Dormy Inn

Day 2 Kanazawa – Togi

After a short transfer to the coast, we start cycling on a flat bike path and do a stretch along the beach as well. We 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.

Togi Sea Side Villa
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 68km

Day 3 Togi – Wajima

We ride along 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 waves. Tonight, we stay at a traditional Japanese Minshuku, where we sleep on futons and can bathe in a hot 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.

Mangetsu Minshuku
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 64km

Day 4 Wajima – Noto

Before leaving Wajima town, we wander through the Asa-Ichi morning market, famous for lacquerware and fish, before we start the longest cycling day of the trip. Today, we ride around the tip of Noto and 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 the night at a fantastic Japanese ryokan (inn) with hot springs inside caves and magnificent views of the bay.

Haykurakuso Ryokan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 92km

Day 5 Noto – Notojima Island – Wakura

An easy coastal ride before we cross to Notojima Island, where we spend the day riding around the island with the snow-covered peaks of the Japanese Alps in the background. Upon arrival at Wakura, one of Japan's famous onsen towns, we check into the wonderful Umi to Niji Inn with plenty of time to relax in the baths that Wakura is famous for.

Umi to Niji Inn
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 78km

Day 6 Wakura – Takaoka

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.

Hotel New Otani
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 73km

Day 7 Takaoka – Shirakawago

We 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 head into the mountains for a few good climbs. After arriving, we can spend the afternoon exploring Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its gassho zukuris, nail-free "clasped hands" thatched roof houses. We 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.

Moegomon. Ride
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 77km

Day 8 Shirakawago – Takayama

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

Spa Hotel Alpina
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 60km

Day 9 Departure

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 a bullet train for Kyoto or Tokyo.