Cycling Japan's Noto Peninsula

Japan, Bike - Semi Slick, 11 days - from $4,280 (land only)

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Bike path and cherry blossom on the Noto PeninsulaA geisha girl in the Japanese city of Kyoto

The Old and the New

Ride the ultra-modern 'Bullet Train' and overnight in a traditional 200 year-old Gassho Zukuri inn at Shirakawago

  • Relaxed coastal cycling and an insight into Japanese culture
  • Ride the ‘Shinkansen’ bullet train
  • Stay at a 200 year-old inn in Shirakawago
  • A free day in Kanazawa, the city of castles
  • A cycling holiday in the Land of the Rising Sun

Prepare to be amazed by Japan and its unique cultural and geographical character, as we take the bullet train from downtown Tokyo to the rural idyll of the Noto Peninsula. Cycling the coastal roads of this rugged promontory, jutting out into the Sea of Japan, we pass ancient temples and shrines, terraced rice paddies, fantastic rock formations, sand dunes and sheltered beaches perfect for a swim. We'll visit the shops and fish market at Wajima and bike on Notojima Island, with the snow-covered Japanese Alps as our backdrop. A free day at Kanazawa, the city of castles, precedes our ride up into the hills for an overnight stay at a 200 year-old inn below Mount Hakusan. Finally, we transfer to the historic city of Kyoto, famous for its Geisha district of Gion.

Is this holiday for you?

SEMI-SLICK ADVENTURE. The cycling around the Noto Peninsula is moderately challenging on quiet, but well maintained tarmac roads. There is no technical riding and a mountain bike or hybrid, fitted with fast-rolling semi-slick or even slick tyres works well. We ride 440 kilometres on quiet roads with amazing views. The first few days are merely undulating and will prepare you for slightly hillier conditions later on. Moderately fit cyclists will have no problems. The support vehicle is always available. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

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