A visit to Japan will be filled with contradictions to the senses, so prepared to experience a rich history that dates back centuries and see the latest modern trends in fashi electronics; visit beautiful forests, mountains and sea coasts as well as futuristic architecture and transportation; meet polite and candid locals as well as lovers of Hello Kitty and karaoke. We'll cycle along coastal roads where we will pass sand dunes, caves and fantastic rock formations, terraced rice paddies as well as ancient temples and shrines. After seeing the incredible blue green waters you might want to stop at a beach for a dip. For the shopper in you we'll stop at Wajima, famous for its lacquer ware and morning market that specializes in fish.
From Wajima we'll detour into the peninsula's interior to see Tokikuni Old House. As this is a long day of biking, 90 km, we'll head back to our magnificent inn where you can take in the views of the bay and relax. Our journey will then take us to Kanazawa - city of castles and three of Japan's major gardens.
We'll end our trip in Kyoto, an easy place for Western visitors to amble around the Geisha District of Gion, Ryugen-in Temple, Japan's most famous Zen rock garden, Nijo Castle, or Kiyomizu Temple. Starts: Tokyo, Japan Finishes: Takayama, Japan
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Bike Hire: US$165
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USD 3905 for
- DAY 1 - MAY 14, 2017 (SUN)
ARRIVE IN TOKYO.
Upon arrival the group meets at Dormi 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 familiarize 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.
- DAY 2 - MAY 15, 2017 (MON)
RIDE ON A FLAT BIKE PATH ALONG THE COAST
After breakfast we’ll head for the train station and take the bullet train to Takaoka and have lunch on board the train. After a short transport to the top of a pass, we’ll hop on the bikes for a downhill to a 10km flat bike path along the coast and maybe do a stretch along the beach.
En route we’ll have a short stop at the 2,000-year-old Keta Taisha Shrine and also check out Ganmon Caves. The last 20 kilometers of the ride will be undulating as we enter the Noto Peninsula. We drop down to Togi Town, where a hot spring awaits us at our hotel.
Travel distance: Ride 40 km.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Togi Sea Side Villa.
- DAY 3 - MAY 16, 2017 (TUE)
TODAY WE'LL RIDE THE SEKINOHANA COAST TOWARDS THE FISHING PORT WAJIMA
Today we’ll ride the Sekinohana coast to Minazuki and have a filling lunch of Soba noodles. As we head towards the fishing port Wajima we’ll take the time to stop and look at the splendid rock formations. 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.
- DAY 4 - MAY 17, 2017 (WED)
RIDE AROUND THE TIP OF NOTO AND THE TERRACED RICE FIELDS OF SENMAIDA
Before leaving Wajima town we'll wander through the Asa-Ichi morning market, famous for lacquer ware and fish, for a quick look around before we start the longest cycling day of the trip.
Today we ride around the tip of Noto and will 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 a night at a fantastic Japanese Ryokan (Inn) with hot springs inside caves and magnificent views of the bay.
- DAY 5 - MAY 18, 2017 (THU)
IT'S AN EASY COASTAL RIDE TO NOTOJIMA ISLAND WHERE WE SPEND THE DAY RIDING AROUND THE ISLAND
Easy coast 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 as your background. Upon arrival at Wakura, one of Japan's more famous Onsen towns, we’ll check into the wonderful Niji to Umi Inn, and give you plenty of time to relax in the baths that Wakura is famous for.
Travel distance: Ride 70 km.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- DAY 6 - MAY 19, 2017 (FRI)
ANOTHER DAY OF RIDING ALONG MORE BEAUTIFUL COAST
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.
Travel distance: 75 km.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- DAY 7 - MAY 20, 2017 (SAT)
TODAY WE CLIMB TO SHIRAKAWAGO, A WORLD HERITAGE SITE FAMOUS FOR ITS GASSHO ZUKURIS
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’ll head into the mountains for a few good climbs. After arriving we can spend the afternoon exploring Shirakawago, a World Heritage site famous for its Gassho Zukuris, nail-free "clasped hands" thatched roof houses. We’ll 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.
- DAY 8 - MAY 21, 2017 (SUN)
RIDE BY AN IMPRESSIVE DAM BEFORE A NICELY GRADED ROAD TO TAKAYAMA'S OLD CITY
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 nice passes. We’ll spend the afternoon looking around Takayama’s old city where narrow lanes are lined with wooden buildings housing sake breweries and quaint boutiques.
- DAY 9 - MAY 22, 2017 (MON)
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 the bullet train for Kyoto or Tokyo.
422 Futagamishin, Takaoka-shi, Toyama-ken 933-0981, Japan
Starting from USD 3905
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The SpiceRoads family began back in the mid 1990s, when Hamish Keith was creating, operating and leading ground breaking cycle tours throughout Thailand and in emerging destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar for well known companies such as Exodus Travels and World Expeditions and his own company the Wild Planet.