Cycling Japan's Noto Peninsula
Japan, Bike - Semi Slick, 11 days - from £2,595 (land only) - from €3,115 (land only) - from $4,280 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Tokyo. A single group transfer is provided from the airport to our hotel in the city. KE Land Only package services begin with overnight accommodation at the group hotel.
Day 2: We take the bullet train to Takaoka and after a short transport to the top of a pass, we get on our bikes and ride downhill to a level bike path beside the coast. En route today, we will stop off to see the 2000-year-old Keta Taisha Shrine and the Ganmon Caves. Overnight in the town of Togi on the Noto Peninsula. Ride distance 40km (25 miles).
Day 3: Today, we ride the Sekinohana coast to the fishing port of Wajima, with some stunning rock formations along the way. We overnight at a traditional Minshuku and have the chance to take a dip in a hot spring. Ride distance 60km (37.5 miles).
Day 4: We check out the Asa-Ichi market, with its fish and handicrafts, before starting a longer day of cycling. We ride around the tip of the peninsula, passing rice fields and a former feudal lord's stronghold, the Old Tokukuni House. Overnight at a ryokan in Noto. Ride distance 80km (50 miles).
Day 5: Today, we enjoy a relatively easy coastal ride out to Notojima Island where we spend the day riding around the island with the snow-covered peaks of the Japanese Alps as our backdrop. Overnight at an inn in Wakura. Ride distance 70km (44 miles).
Day 6: We start the day with a short climb before heading down to the coast and following a bike path to the garden city of Kanazawa. Overnight at an inn. Ride distance 60km (37.5 miles).
Day 7: A free day to explore the many sites in one of Japan's best preserved Edo-period cities. A chance to see one of Japan's best-preserved Samurai districts and to visit Kanazawa Castle. We spend a second night in Kanazawa.
Day 8: Today, we climb to Shirakawago, a World Heritage site famous for its Gassho Zukuris, which are nail-free 'clasped hands' thatched roof houses. Our overnight accommodation is in one of these traditional buildings. Ride distance 60km (37.5 miles).
Day 9: We ride by an impressive dam, before following a nicely graded road across 2 low passes to Takayama's old city. Here, we spend the afternoon exploring amongst narrow lanes, lined with wooden buildings that house sake breweries and quaint boutiques. Overnight at a hotel in Takayama. Ride distance 70km (44 miles).
Day 10: We take a morning train to Nagoya and transfer to the bullet train for the journey to Kyoto. Arriving in the city in the early afternoon, we will check in at our hotel and meet up again in the evening for our farewell dinner.
Day 11: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single transfer to Kyoto Airport is provided.