Noto Peninsula 5, 6, 7 days

Noto Peninsula 5, 6, 7 days

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 – By train from Kyoto to Togi
The day before your tour begins, meet a member of our ground team in central Kyoto for an orientation session to receive your bike and other gear for your journey. You are welcome to use the bike for the rest of the day in Kyoto.
On Day 1 of the tour, travel by train to Houdatsu on the Noto Peninsula and begin today’s ride here at the station. Discover the unique Chirihama Driveway. A portion of the route travels on hard packed beach sand. On your journey you will pass beaches and follow country lanes past rice fields, charming rural villages and rugged coastline. Visit Keta Taisha Shrine whose sacred power was regarded as having great national importance by the old central government. Nearby is atmospheric Myojoji Temple, another historically significant spot. Just before arriving in Togi, your destination for tonight, there are particularly lovely coastal stretches with unique rock formations. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Togi with delicious home-cooked meals, or at a comfortable local Western-style hotel.

Distance: 44.5km
Elevation gain: 310m of ascent and 309m of descent
Time required: 3-4 hours
Note: a shorter option is available by using local trains.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Dinner


Day 2 – Togi to Wajima
In the morning cycle along more scenic coastal lanes through small villages. Leaving the coast, the road passes through mountains to today’s destination, Wajima – a charming port town producing some of the finest lacquerware in Japan. En route, you can stop at the famous Sekinohana, a dynamic rock formation created by waves. Visit Soujiji Temple, one of the two head temples of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. Your accommodation tonight is a charming traditional Minshuku. Wajima port is renowned for the quality of its fish and tonight’s dinner will be an outstanding multi-course seafood feast.

Distance: 50.3km
Elevation gain: 409m of ascent and 410m of descent
Time required: 3.5-4.5 hours
Note: a shorter option is available by using a taxi transfer.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3 – Wajima to Suzushi
Enjoy a lovely coastal road to Shiroyone Senmaida, a hillside of two thousand terraced rice fields overlooking the Japan Sea. A pleasant flat road beside the sea has scenic views and continues for about 30km past the old houses of Tokikunike and sea salt farms. After some hilly ascents and descents, the route heads into peaceful mountain scenery and today’s destination – Suzushi – on the other side of the Noto Peninsula. Suzushi has a delightful atmosphere and is famous for its landmark Mitsukejima Rock.

Distance: 61.8km
Elevation gain: 686m of ascent and 691m of descent
Time required: 4.5-5.5 hours
Note: short options are available by using local bus.
Accommodation: Ryokan (Travellers Inn) or Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4 – Suzushi to Notojima Island
After breakfast, your longest day on the Noto Peninsula is from Suzushi to Notojima Island in Nanao Bay. A half-hour taxi ride from Suzushi brings you to Ogi fishing village. There are old fishermen’s houses on the small streets and it is a perfect area for gentle exploring. There is a real sense of early twentieth century Japan here! Today you will cycle from Ogi along a mostly flat, pleasant coastal road through small hamlets towards Notojima Island. After riding along the coast for 50km, come to Anamizu railway station and board a train for the brief ride to Nishigishi. From Nishigishi you cycle over the bridge to reach Notojima Island itself where you’ll receive a warm welcome at your final inn.

Distance: 65.5km
Elevation gain: 677m of ascent and 686m of descent
Time required: 4.5-5.5 hours
A shorter option is available by using an additional taxi journey.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 – Travel to Wakura Onsen, then return to Kyoto
After breakfast, wave goodbye to your hosts and cycle your final leg of the tour to Wakura Onsen. Wakura Onsen is a famous Onsen hot spring resort on Nanao Bay and has 1,200 years of history. The town is dominated by large hotels and a whole range of Ryokan. You are free to explore Wakura before heading onwards by train via Kanazawa to Kyoto where our tour ends. Why not visit one of the hot spring inns as a day visitor before continuing on to Kyoto? In Kyoto, a member of our ground team will meet you to collect your bike and other rental equipment. If required, we can arrange train tickets to your next destination (extra fees will apply).

Distance: 12.5km
Elevation gain: 208m of ascent and 219m of descent
Time required: 1 hour
Meals: Breakfast

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 – Meet in Kyoto and travel to Kanazawa

Meet a member of our ground team in central Kyoto for an orientation session with your bike and other gear for your journey. Travel by train to Kanazawa and explore its cultural treasures such as Kenrokuen Garden, preserved teahouse and Samurai districts, as well as the fascinating Omicho food market, a mecca for food -lovers. Seat of the powerful Maeda Clan during the Edo Period, Kanazawa had a grand castle and grew to become a city of arts and crafts, even rivalling Kyoto and Tokyo in its heyday. If you prefer, your orientation session can be on the previous day – receive your bike one day early (at no extra charge!) and enjoy extra time cycling around Kyoto. The paths along the Kamogawa river are particularly beautiful and are a favourite of local cyclists.
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2 – Kanazawa to Togi

Travel by train to Houdatsu. Today’s ride begins here at Houdatsu station. Discover the unique Chirihama Driveway. A portion of the route travels on hard-packed beach sand. On your journey you will pass beaches and follow country lanes past rice fields, charming rural villages and rugged coastline. Visit Keta Taisha Shrine whose sacred power was regarded as having great national importance by the old central government. Nearby is atmospheric Myojoji Temple, another historically significant spot. Just before arriving in Togi, your destination for tonight, there are particularly lovely coastal stretches with unique rock formations. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Togi with delicious home-cooked meals, or at a comfortable local western-style hotel.

Distance: 44.5km
Elevation gain: 310m of ascent and 309m of descent
Time required: 3-4 hours
Note: a shorter option is available by using local trains.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) or Western-style Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Togi to Wajima

In the morning cycle along more scenic coastal lanes through small villages. Leaving the coast, the road passes through mountains to today’s destination, Wajima – a charming port town producing some of the finest lacquerware in Japan. En route, you can stop at the famous Sekinohana, a dynamic rock formation created by waves. Visit Soujiji Temple, one of the two head temples of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. Your accommodation tonight is a charming traditional Minshuku. Wajima port is renowned for the quality of its fish and tonight’s dinner will be an outstanding multi-course seafood feast.

Distance: 50.3km
Elevation gain: 409m of ascent and 410m of descent
Time required: 3.5-4.5 hours
Note: a shorter option is available by using a taxi transfer.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Wajima to Suzushi

Enjoy a lovely coastal road to Shiroyone Senmaida, a hillside of two thousand terraced rice fields overlooking the Japan Sea. A pleasant flat road beside the sea has scenic views and continues for about 30km past the old houses of Tokikunike and sea salt farms. After some hilly ascents and descents, the route heads into peaceful mountain scenery and today’s destination: Suzushi, on the other side of the Noto Peninsula. Suzushi has a delightful atmosphere and is famous for its landmark Mitsukejima Rock.

Distance: 61.8km
Elevation gain: 686m of ascent and 691m of descent
Time required: 4.5-5.5 hours
Note: short options are available by using a local bus.
Accommodation: Ryokan (Travellers Inn) or Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Suzushi to Notojima Island

After breakfast, your longest day on the Noto Peninsula is from Suzushi to Notojima Island in Nanao Bay. A 30min taxi ride from Suzushi brings you to Ogi fishing village. There are old fishermen’s houses on the small streets and it is a perfect area for gentle exploring. There is a real sense of early twentieth century Japan here! Today you will cycle from Ogi along a mostly flat, pleasant coastal road through small hamlets towards Notojima Island. After riding along the coast for 50km, come to Anamizu railway station and board a train for the brief ride to Nishigishi. From Nishigishi you cycle over the bridge to reach Notojima Island itself where you’ll receive a warm welcome at your final inn.

Distance: 65.5km
Elevation gain: 677m of ascent and 686m of descent
Time required: 4.5-5.5 hours
Note: a shorter option is available by using an additional taxi journey.
Accommodation: (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Travel to Wakura Onsen, then return to Kyoto

After breakfast, wave goodbye to your hosts and cycle your final leg of the tour to Wakura Onsen. Wakura Onsen is a famous Onsen hot spring resort on Nanao Bay and has 1,200 years of history. The town is dominated by large hotels and a whole range of Ryokan. You are free to explore Wakura before heading onwards by train via Kanazawa to Kyoto where our tour ends. Why not visit one of the hot spring inns as a day visitor before continuing on to Kyoto? In Kyoto, a member of our ground team will meet you to collect your bike and other rental equipment. If required, we can arrange train tickets to your next destination (extra fees will apply).

Distance: 12.5km
Elevation gain: 208m of ascent and 219mof descent
Time required: 1 hour
Meals: Breakfast

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 – Meet in Kyoto and travel to Kanazawa

Meet a member of our ground team in central Kyoto for an orientation session with your bike and other gear for your journey. Travel by train to Kanazawa and explore its cultural treasures such as Kenrokuen Garden, preserved teahouse and Samurai districts, as well as the fascinating Omicho food market, a mecca for food-lovers. Seat of the powerful Maeda Clan during the Edo Period, Kanazawa had a grand castle and grew to become a city of arts and crafts, even rivalling Kyoto and Tokyo in its heyday. If you prefer, your orientation session can be on the previous day – receive your bike one day early (at no extra charge!) and enjoy extra time cycling around Kyoto. The paths along the Kamogawa river are particularly beautiful and are a favourite of local cyclists.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2 – Kanazawa to Togi

Travel by train to Houdatsu. Today’s ride begins here at Houdatsu station. Discover the unique Chirihama Driveway. A portion of the route travels on hard-packed beach sand. On your journey you will pass beaches and follow country lanes past rice fields, charming rural villages and rugged coastline. Visit Keta Taisha Shrine whose sacred power was regarded as having great national importance by the old central government. Nearby is atmospheric Myojoji Temple, another historically significant spot. Just before arriving in Togi, your destination for tonight, there are particularly lovely coastal stretches with unique rock formations. Spend the night at a family run Minshuku in Togi with delicious home-cooked meals, or at a comfortable local western style hotel.

Distance: 44.5km
Elevation gain: 310mof ascent and 309m of descent
Time required: 3-4 hours
A shorter option is available by using local trains.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) or Western-style Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Togi to Wajima

In the morning cycle along more scenic coastal lanes through small villages. Leaving the coast, the road passes through mountains to today’s destination, Wajima – a charming port town producing some of the finest lacquerware in Japan. En route, you can stop at the famous Sekinohana, a dynamic rock formation created by waves. Visit Soujiji Temple, one of the two head temples of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. Your accommodation tonight is a charming traditional Minshuku. Wajima port is renowned for the quality of its fish and tonight’s dinner will be an outstanding multicourse seafood feast.

Distance: 50.3km
Elevation gain: 409m of ascent and 410m of descent
Time required: 3.5-4.5 hours
A shorter option is available by using a taxi transfer.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Day trip from Wajima to Osawa-cho

Today, take a day trip to Osawa-cho about 15km west from Wajima along the coast. Osawacho is a small port town with houses along the beach surrounded by bamboo fencing called ‘Magaki’. Magaki protects the houses against winds from the ocean and this is a unique feature of this picturesque village. Today’s ride involves a fairly challenging climb but the spectacular ocean views are rewarding, as are the opportunities to see the lovely village and its quiet local way of life. After strolling around Osawa-cho, you can head back along the same road to Wajima. Or, you can turn today’s ride into a circular route by continuing onwards from Osawa-cho through the mountains and returning to Wajima along the road you travelled yesterday.

Distance: 34.2 km
Elevation gain: 613m of ascent and descent (613m of ascent / 617m of descent if returning via the mountain route)
Time required: 2.5-3 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Wajima to Suzushi

Enjoy a lovely coastal road to Shiroyone Senmaida, a hillside of two thousand terraced rice fields overlooking the Japan Sea. A pleasant flat road beside the sea has scenic views and continues for about 30km past the old houses of Tokikunike and sea salt farms. After some hilly ascents and descents, the route heads into peaceful mountain scenery and today’s destination – Suzushi – on the other side of the Noto Peninsula. Suzushi has a delightful atmosphere and is famous for its landmark Mitsukejima Rock.

Distance: 61.8km
Elevation gain: 686m of ascent and 691m of descent
Time required: 4.5-5.5 hours
Short options are available by using a local bus.
Accommodation: Ryokan (Travellers Inn) or Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Suzushi to Notojima Island

After breakfast, your longest day on the Noto Peninsula is from Suzushi to Notojima Island in Nanao Bay. A half-hour taxi ride from Suzushi brings you to Ogi fishing village. There are old fishermen’s houses on the small streets and it is a perfect area for gentle exploring. There’s a real sense of early twentieth century Japan here! Today you will cycle from Ogi along a mostly flat, pleasant coastal road through small hamlets towards Notojima Island. After riding along the coast for 50km, come to Anamizu railway station and board a train for the brief ride to Nishigishi. From Nishigishi you cycle over the bridge to reach Notojima Island itself where you’ll receive a warm welcome at your final inn.

Distance: 65.5km
Elevation gain: 677m of ascent and 686m of descent
Time required: 4.5-5.5 hours
A shorter option is available by using an additional taxi journey.
Accommodation: (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Travel to Wakura Onsen, then return to Kyoto

After breakfast, wave goodbye to your hosts and cycle your final leg of the tour to Wakura Onsen. Wakura Onsen is a famous Onsen hot spring resort on Nanao Bay and has 1,200 years of history. The town is dominated by large hotels and a whole range of Ryokan. You are free to explore Wakura before heading onwards by train via Kanazawa to Kyoto where our tour ends. Why not visit one of the hot-spring inns as a day visitor before continuing on to Kyoto? In Kyoto, a member of our ground team will meet you to collect your bike and other rental equipment. If required, we can arrange train tickets to your next destination (extra fees will apply).

Distance: 12.5km
Elevation gain: 208m of ascent and 219m of descent
Time required: 1 hour
Meals: Breakfast





















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