Noto Peninsula Cycle

Noto Peninsula Cycle

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 to experience scenic rural cycling as well as the cultural attractions you expect of Japan, in a 6 day tour. 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 visitors. This itinerary allows plenty of time to fit in non cycling activities. If you would like a more physical challenge, then this tour can be extended by 4 days, see our Noto Coastline and Japan Alps itinerary.

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 Noto Peninsula Cycle is graded introductory to moderate. You will need to be a competent cyclist with a good level of fitness, you should be able to cycle comfortably for up to 4-6 hours or around 65-85km/40-53miles per day, day after day, with some uphill climbs. There are some hilly days and some good climbs. You should be confident riding on main roads alongside traffic which can be travelling at speed. This tour is not for beginners. 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.


We meet at 17:00 at our hotel in Kanazawa, the gateway to Noto Peninsula. After an introductory meeting and bike fitting, we take a leisurely walk through the city and enjoy a welcome dinner together. Kanazawa is home to traditional high cultures and activities, such as handicrafts, tea ceremonies, Noh theatre and Kaga cooking, offering you plenty of options for cultural experiences. We recommend arriving a day or two earlier to explore the city and surrounding areas. Kanazawa Castle, once home to the famous feudal lord Toshiie Maeda and the Kenrokuen Garden, a beautiful Japanese garden are not to be missed if you have time. Accommodation: Hotel/Ensuite bathroom Cycling distance: 0km

Meals:  D

This morning we cycle out to join a cycling path near the coast, which leads us onto the popular Chirihama Beach driveway. Here we can cycle comfortably on the hard-packed sand beach for about 8km. After lunch at a restaurant near the beach, we continue on the cycling path to Togi. The scenery is constantly changing as we ride between rice fields towards the rugged coastline, passing small fishing villages along the way. The sunset view at Hatagoiwa rocks will be a real treat at the end of the day. Accommodation: Ryokan/Shared bathroom Cycling distance: 87km Total ascent: 360m

Meals:  B,D

In the morning we check out the world's longest bench, 460.9m long at Masuhogaura Beach. Today we follow beautiful coastlines on quiet back roads, lined by traditional wooden houses with black tiled roofs, as if we were cycling through a movie set! Terraced rice fields are another noticeable feature of this region, and we will see them from the road. The Kadomi heritage house is worth taking a look, where you can see the interior of a wooden house similar to those you have cycled past. Although the coastal journey to Wajima is challenging, the oceanic views from the roads are rewarding. Accommodation: Hotel/Ensuite bathroom Cycling distance: 60-76km Total ascent: 700-1270m

Meals:  B

This morning you have an option to visit the Wajima Morning Market or try your decorative skills on a set of lacquer chopsticks. For 1,500 yen (subject to change), 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. Our cycling route today follows the coast, taking in Senmaida (with 1,000 rice paddies on one slope) and many traditional salt works. Some of these salt works are still carrying out the same solar evaporation method that was used 400 years ago. These are free to observe and you can also try spraying seawater which sounds easy but takes years to master. As we approach the tip of the peninsula, we cycle in peaceful country surrounds. Accommodation: Ryokan/Shared bathroom Cycling distance: 66-90km 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. 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
  • Rental bikes (either road bike or hybrid bike)
  • 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 (allow 1000-1500 Yen for lunch per day)
  • All beverages
  • Compulsory bike helmet
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own drink bottle or hydration system)
  • 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

You can choose from a hybrid bike or a road bike for this tour. The hybrid bicycles supplied are 21 speed, aluminium frame, carbon forks with v-brakes. They come fitted with a water bottle holder and a front handlebar bag for any items you might need in the day. The road bikes are aluminium with a carbon fork, sora group set and compact crank. They will be fitted with an under saddle seat bag. Please let us know in advance which type of bike you would like.

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.

Upcoming Travel Dates



Duration:6 Days
Starting Point:Kanazawa
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:NPC
Prices From:NZD$2995
E-Bike Upgrade:NZD$290 
Single Supplement:NZD$290