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Japanese Cycling Tour

From the ancient city of Kyoto we cycle on quiet roads on the Noto Peninsula and in highlands around the Shirakawa-go historic village, taking us firmly off the beaten track and enabling us a chance to glimpse old Japan. Along the way we will see one of the finest Japanese gardens in Kanazawa and varied scenery along stunning coastal paths and into the mountains. We end our journey arriving by bullet train to modern Tokyo.

Tour Highlights

  • Off the beaten track cycling - Enjoy the landscapes, flavours and characters of rural Japan
  • Kyoto - Japan's historic capital, filled with temples and traditional tea houses
  • Tokyo- Explore the modern metropolis
  • Kanazawa - Visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, one of the most beautiful in Japan
  • The Noto Peninsula - Cycle amongst the stunning coastal landscapes of the Sea of Japan
  • Hot springs - Experience the country's famous onsens and soothe your cycling legs
  • Delicious local food - Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine
  • Shirakawa-go - Visit World Heritage farmhouses and historic towns

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour in historic Kyoto

  • 2
    Kyoto sightseeing by bike. Including Ginkaku-ji and along The Philosopher's Path to the Nanzen-ji temple complex

  • 3
    Morning train to Kanazawa. Bike tour of Kenroku-en Garden and the old teahouse district

  • 4
    Cycling around the beautiful Noto Peninsula including the Chirihama Beach Road

  • 5
    Cycle the coastal road to Wajima, stopping off at the Sojijiso-in temple

  • 6
    Explore Wajima Market. Continue along the stunning coastal road to Suzu

  • 7
    Cycle to Noto Ushitsu as we head down the eastern side of the peninsula

  • 8
    Cycle to Wakura Onsen where ancient, healing hot baths await our arrival

  • 9
    We begin our journey inland as we head up to Shokawa Onsen

  • 10
    Our journey concludes at the breath taking Shirakawa-go, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses

  • 11
    Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo

  • 12
    Enjoy Tokyo from our base in the historic Asakusa district a stone's throw from Sensoji temple

  • 13
    Tour ends Tokyo

Tour notes

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Why Book this tour
This tour is one of the National Geographic Traveler's Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime

Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.
Included meals 12 0 7
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Train, Bicycle
Accommodation
6 nights Standard Hotel
3 nights Simple Guesthouse
1 night Simple
1 night Standard
1 night Simple Farmstay
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Bike Mechanic, Cycle Guide
Cycling Information
On this tour we cycle 452 km over nine days (an average of 50 km per day). We travel mainly on quiet country roads and along some cycle paths. The terrain is relatively flat on the Noto Peninsula and becomes hillier on the inland section to Shirakawa-go. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour. We have graded the route as moderate.
Included Bike
24 gear Specialized Sirrus hybrid bikes
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16