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Blossom Trails of Japan

Blossom Trails of Japan

Trip Highlights

  • Kanazawa, the centre of traditional art and culture
  • Explore the captivating coastline of Noto Peninsula
  • Visit a local morning market in Wajima
  • Stay at Wakura Onsen, one of the top class hot springs in Japan
  • Eat deliciously fresh seafood

Trip Summary

Noto Peninsula, situated in the middle of mainland Honshu, offers the perfect opportunity for rural cycling in addition to experiencing the cultural attractions you expect of Japan, from heritage sites to kimono weaving. Almost the entire peninsula has been recently registered as agricultural heritage by UNESCO for the long-established methods of fishing and cultivation activities. The landscapes formed by the rich history tracing back to the feudal times still remain today, and that’s what makes the region culturally interesting for overseas visitors. Cycling this region during the spectacular blossom season is not to be missed.

Trip Grading

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trip. The Blossom Trails of Japan is graded introductory to moderate. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trip. The tour is fully supported and if at any stage you feel like having a rest from cycling you will be able to ride in the support vehicle.

Itinerary

We meet at 5:00pm (17:00hrs) at our hotel in Kanazawa, the gateway to Noto Peninsula. After an introductory meeting and bike fitting, we take a leisurely stroll through the city and enjoy a welcome dinner in town. Kanazawa is home to traditional high cultures and activities such as handicrafts, tea ceremonies, the Noh theatre and Kaga cooking, offering you plenty of options for cultural experiences. We recommend you arrive a day or so earlier to explore the city. Kanazawa can be reached in approximately 3.5 hours by express train from Osaka Kansai International Airport, 3 hours by bullet train from Tokyo and 4 hours by bullet train from Narita Airport. Accommodation: Hotel/Ensuite bathroom Cycling distance: 0km

Meals:  D

This morning we cycle out to join the cycling path near the coast, which leads us onto the popular Chirihama Beach driveway. Here you can cycle comfortably on the hard packed sand beach for about 8km. After lunch at the restaurant on the beach, we continue on the cycling path to Togi. The scenery is constantly changing between paddy fields and rugged coast lines, cycling through small fishing villages along the way. The sunset view at the Hatagoiwa rocks is a real treat at the end of the day. Accommodation: Ryokan/Shared bathroom Cycling distance: 84km Total ascent: 367m

Meals:  B,D

In the morning, be sure to check out the world's longest bench on the beach in Togi. Today we follow the beautiful coastlines on quiet back roads, lined by traditional wooden houses with black tiled roofs – as if we are cycling through a movie set! Terraced rice fields are another noticeable feature of this region, and today we pass by a couple of them. We will pass the kadomi heritage house, where you can view the interior of wooden houses that you have cycled past. Although the coastal journey to Wajima is challenging, the oceanic views from the roads are rewardingly fantastic! Accommodation: Hotel/Ensuite bathroom Cycling distance: 60-78km Total ascent: 700-1273m

Meals:  B

This morning you have an option to visit the Wajima Morning Market or work your decorative skills on the lacquer chopsticks. For 1,500 yen, you can paint your own chopsticks with gold powder and take them home as souvenirs! The market is filled with stalls selling local produce from the land as well as the sea, and is a good shopping opportunity if you wish to purchase any lacquer ware here. Today we stay on the coast throughout the day, checking out Senmaida (1,000 rice paddies on one slope) and many traditional salt works. A few salt works are spread out along the coastline, and are still carrying out the solar evaporation method from 400 years ago. The salt works are free to observe, and you can also try spraying seawater which takes years to master! As we approach the tip of the peninsula, the rest of the day leaves us cycling in the peaceful country setting. Accommodation: Ryokan/Shared bathroom Cycling distance: 67-90km Total ascent: 740-900m

Meals:  B,D

Leaving Suzu, we continue cycling along the coast around Toyama Bay. There are many small fishing villages along the road, which gently climbs and descends the Noto Peninsula. We arrive at Noto-jima Island after crossing the Twin Bridge, from where we can enjoy views of the bay and floating islands off the coast. We will complete the ride at our accommodation in Wakura Onsen, one of the best high-class hot spring resorts in Japan. If you would like more cycling today, there is an option to ride around the Noto-jima Island, which will make the day’s total distance 130km. Accommodation: Ryokan/Ensuite bathroom Cycling distance: 97-130km Total ascent: 745-1000m

Meals:  B,D

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast. There is a direct train from Wakura Onsen (dep 10:15) to Osaka (arr 14:06) via Kanazawa (arr 11:16) and Kyoto (arr 13:37) depending on your onward travel plans. Please note that train timetables are subject to change and seasonal variations. We recommend a stopover in Kyoto before or after your trip, ask us for more details. Cycling distance: 0km

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • 5 nights hotel/traditional inn accommodation on a twin share basis, some nights have shared bathroom facilities
  • Professional bilingual tour leader & bike mechanic
  • Private vehicle transport
  • Hybrid rental bikes
  • Water bottle, water and snacks whilst cycling
  • Site seeing and entry fees listed in itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Compulsory bike helmet
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls,internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips

The bicycles supplied on this tour are 21 speed, aluminium frame, hybrid bikes with v-brakes. The bikes come fitted with a water bottle holder – maximum capacity 750ml. If you would prefer a road bike, these can be hired for an additional JPY10,000 payable locally, please let us know in advance.

A bike-fit will be carried out at the start of the tour to make minor adjustments to the seat height and position of your handlebars. You are welcome to bring your own saddle and pedals which your guide can fit for you. A gel seat cover is also highly recommended and well worth the additional cost (available in cycling shops).

Basic tools will be carried aboard your support vehicle and your trip leader will assist in the event of any mechanical difficulties.

We regret that there are only a few smaller women's bicycles and these can be reserved for shorter group members, so long as we are advised of your height well in advance of your tour departure.

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Starting Point:Kanazawa
Activities:Cycling
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:BJT
Prices From:NZD$2995
Single Supplement:NZD$300 
Forced Single Supplement:NZD$300 

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