Noto/Kanazawa/Kyoto – Moderate

This tour offers an excellent blend of cultural and historic attractions and natural beauty. We spend the first half of the tour in the Noto Peninsula, which juts out into the Sea of Japan offering wild and picturesque scenery. En route we visit Wajima, a world famous center of traditional Japanese lacquerware production, and the castle city of Kanazawa which still maintains rows of historical houses and inherits traditional handicrafts. We spend the second half of the tour heading inland from Wakasa Bay, bicycling through quiet forests and farm villages until we reach the ancient capital of Kyoto where our tour ends. Accommodation is varied from casual inns to elegant Japanese-style inns (Ryokans). Some of the inns only have shared baths, and do not have private bath/showers in guest rooms. This itinerary is ideal for guests extending stay in Tokyo before the tour, or in Kyoto after the tour.

  • Meet/Depart:  Tokyo/Kyoto
  • Trip Length:  9 days 8nights
  • Level:  MODERATE
  • Price per Person:  360,000JPY (for currency converter click HERE)
  • Single Supplement:  40,000JPY
  • Road Bike Rental:  5,000JPY
  • Ave. Temperature (High/Low) :  May 25/13C (77/55F)   October 23/10C (73/50F)
  • Minimum number of guests required for a guaranteed departure: 4

2020   April 19-27 FULL / May 10-18 FULL / May 17-25 G / October 14-22 G

: Guaranteed departure

  • Spectacular coastal rides in Noto Peninsula
  • Ride in rustic northern Kyoto area
  • Visit some of the most charming and atmospheric cities in the region, including Wajima and Kanazawa
  • Visit the ancient capital of Kyoto which has so much to offer to visitors
  • All lodgings on a twin-share basis. A limited number of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge on most tours. If you are a single traveler, please inquire for room availability.
  • Meals (8 breakfasts, and 5 dinners. Lunch is not included.)
  • Guide and van support
  • Rental cross bike (or road bike with a supplemental fee of 5,000yen). If you would like to rent a road bike, please ask for availability in advance.
  • Any ground transportation (except for private taxis)
  • Air transportation from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) to Noto on Day 1
  • Fee for lacquer ware ‘makie’ painting experience
  • Admissions to temples and gardens
  • Oka Tours custom cycling jersey and a water bottle

Trip Itinerary

Meet at the Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) or Tokyo City Air Terminal (TCAT) in the morning and fly to Noto (approx. 1 hour flight). Our warm up ride starts right out of the airport on a quiet road that gradually descends towards the eastern coast of Noto Peninsula. We then ride along the coast past fishing villages enjoying views of indented bays dotted with small islands. We retreat in a comfortable casual inn which offers a magnificent view of the battle ship-shaped Mitsukejima Island. (Dinner included)
We continue along the coastline of Noto Peninsula. In the morning, we head towards Cape Rokugozaki, which is the tip of the peninsula. On the cliff sticking out over the sea, we can enjoy a 180 degree grand panoramic view from Sado Island to Tateyama Alps on clear days. Before arriving at our inn, we pass by Senmaida (one thousand terraced rice paddies), an unique scene made up by many layers of tiny rice paddies on the steep slopes. Today we stay at an elegant Japanese-style inn (ryokan) which has natural hot spring bath (onsen). You can soak yourself in hot spring water and relax – a great way to end a day of bicycling. (Breakfast and dinner included)
We spend the morning exploring the idyllic town of Wajima and see its famous morning market. The town is renowned as a center of traditional lacquerware with a history of more than 1000 years. We stop by a local work shop and make our own chopsticks. In the afternoon, we ride along the coast of Notokongo amid rugged scenery created by steep cliff and fierce waves. We stay at a Japanese-style hot spring resort hotel.  (Breakfast and dinner included)
Following a short ride on cycle paths plus a transfer by train, we arrive in the castle town of Kanazawa in late morning. Kanazawa has prospered for some 300 years since the feudal lord Maeda Toshiie built a castle here in the late 16th century. Kanazawa has not suffered from any war devastation or big natural disaster up to now. Therefore, you can see many winding paths and streets lined with latticed doors and earthen walls which are reminiscent of old Japan. We visit the stunning Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. Remainder of the afternoon is your free time – enjoy exploring a district of old geisha quarters, former samurai mansions, or the city’s vibrant food market. We stay at a western-style hotel that is conveniently located in the center city. (Breakfast included)

We leave Kanazawa in the morning and transfer by train to the town of Obama (takes about 3 hours). Situated in the inner inlet of Wakasa Bay, Obama flourished as a port connecting Japan to Korea and China in old days and used to have strong ties to ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara. We visit Myotsuji Temple with a stunning garden, the main hall and the three-story pagoda which are designated as national treasures. We then cycle on rugged coastline with magnificent views of Wakasa Bay to Wakasa Takahama. We stay in a ryokan and feast on freshly caught fish from the Wakasa Bay in the evening. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Today we leave the coastal area and head inland. Our route takes us through quiet forested mountains, and then along beautiful Yura River. Our destination today is Miyama, which consists of clusters of picturesque hamlets with traditional kayabukiyane (thatched roof) farmhouses. Kayabukiyane houses nestled in peaceful mountains are the perfect example of what Japanese countryside used to look like in old days. We stay at a thatch-roofed Japanese-style inn. (Breakfast and dinner included)

We bike past Kitayama mountains and approach Kyoto from north. Our route takes us through dense forests and on quiet mountain roads. It involves some steep climbs, but also downhills with spectacular views of deep valleys. We ride along Hozugawa River that winds through steep mountain canyons. After the last brief but tough climb, we descend to Adashino located at the western edge of Kyoto. The area offers plenty of attractions to stop by, including small alleys with traditional shops and temples, as well as Arashiyama, one of the best scenic spots in Kyoto. We then ride to our hotel which is conveniently located in the city center. (Breakfast included)
An ancient capital for 1,100 years, Kyoto is a living museum full of history and culture, and it is a must see destination in Japan. We spend the morning touring some of the city’s historic sites that are registered with UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Sites, including Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera temple. The afternoon is your free time – the city has so much to offer so you will never feel that you have had enough time in this city! (Breakfast included)
Following breakfast, we say goodbye. You will be escorted by our guide to Kyoto train station where you can catch a limousine bus to the Kansai International Airport or a bullet train for next destination. If you wish to extend your stay in Kyoto, please ask for room availability when you make a reservation. (Breakfast included)