Kamiichi tour experiencing spirits of Japan and Gokayama, famous for its distinctive historic thatched roof homes

Kamiichi tour experiencing spirits of Japan and Gokayama, famous for its distinctive historic thatched roof homes

The base of this cycling tour is in Kamiichi town, Toyama pref.  The town, famous for its effort of green tourism by preserving "nature" and "life" passed down from long time ago, has now grown up as a center for cycling,  trekking,  and other activities such as experiencing some of the more deeply spiritual Japanese traditions.  "Takigyo", an ascetic practice of standing under waterfalls or "Shabutsu", tracing Buddha images are one of those. And, the highlight of the trip is an outing to Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, a World Heritage site featuring village landscapes with distinctive historic thatched roof homes. We"ll also cycle to historical town of Iwase port to visit merchant houses, dated back to some 300 years ago and Japanese rice wine brewery.

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Tour Date
Sept. 12~15, 2015/ Oct. 22~25, 2015/ May 28~31, 2016 (4 days 3 nights)
Tour Price
JPY 112,500 (8% tax will be added to the tour price)
Gathering/conclusion
Gathering/Conclusion: Toyama (Easy access from Tokyo, Kanazawa, and Kyoto. Refer to time tables below)
Level
Beginner (Easy to manage even if you have no experience with sport bicycles)

<Tour highlights>

・Stay at very nice hotel with onsen spa and experience the first-class services.
・Explore beautiful countryside with cross bycycle.
・Experience deeply spiritual Japanese traditions, such as “Takigyo” and “Shabutsu”
・One day outing to Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, a World Heritage site featuring village landscapes with distinctive historic thatched roof homes
・Easy access from Tokyo/Kanazawa/Kyoto (refer to the time table and price below)

<Tour map>

<Travel Info>

Day 1 We meet at JR Toyama station at 14:40.
From Tokyo (Price: JPY 13,500, using a Bullet train)
The bullet train departs Tokyo at 12:24 and arriving at Toyama station at 14:35.
From Kanazawa (Price: JPY 3,500, using a bullet train)
The bullet train departs Kanazawa at 14:16 and arriving at Toyama station at 14:39.
From Kyoto (Price: JPY 8,200, using an express and a bullet train)
The bullet train departs Kyoto at 11:40 and arriving at Toyama station at 14:29.

Day 4 We say good-bye at Toyama Station around 16:00.
To Tokyo (Price: JPY 13,500, using a Bullet train)
The bullet train departs Toyama at 16:13/16:58 and arriving at Tokyo at 18:28/19:12 respectively.
To Kanazawa (Price: JPY 3,500, using a bullet train)
The bullet train departs Toyama at 16:26/17:09 and arriving at Kanazawa at 16:48/17:31 respectively.
To Kyoto (Price: JPY 8,200, using an express and a bullet train)
The bullet train departs Toyama at 16:26/17:09 and arriving at Kyoto at 19:08/20:09 respectively.

Please note :
We use a cross bicycle for this tour.
There will be no van support since the cycling course is not tough at all.
Time table For trains is subject to change, please check before you plan a travel.

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Itinerary

Day Week
day
Ride
Day
Route Distance Elevation Gain
Day 1 Sat. 1 Toyama ~ Kamiichi 20km/13ml
Day 2 Sun. 2 Kamiichi Fun Ride 20km/13ml
Day 3 Mon. 0 Shirakawa-go ~ Gokayama no-ride
Day 4 Tue. 3 Iwase 40km/25ml
Day 1:Toyama ~ Kamiichi

Entrance Pass

Meet at Toyama Station at 14:40 am and take a train for Kamiichi town.

After checking in a hotel, we start a fun ride to explore charming Kamiichi town for a couple of hours.  You”ll be able to totally refresh yourself in comfortable air of countryside.

Hotel with onsen spa, Meals: Dinner

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Day 2:Cycling / Experiencing Japanese culture

takigyo

Today of  a day of your choice.
We recommend activities as follows;
1, Takigyo and Shabutsu: an ascetic practice of standing under waterfalls and tracing Buddha images(About 3.5 hours JPY 5,000 inc. lunch)
2, Trekking to seek “World of Wolf Children
Kamiichi town is a birthplace of Mamoru Hosoda, who directed a 2012 movie”Wolf Children”.  We hike to Flower House, a image model of an old house where Hana and her children lived.
(About 4 hours JPY 8,000, inc. lunch)
There are more activities such as “Wine and trekking”, “Yoga and Shabutsu”, and more.After enjoying activities of your choice, we cycle peaceful Kamiichi town for about 2~3 hours.  There are 3 cycling courses in the town.  You can choose a course depending on your level and interest.

Hotel with onsen spa, Meals: breakfast,  dinner

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Day 3: Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
Shirakawa-go
Shirakawa-go

Today, we take a train and a bus to get Shirakawa-go.  After lunch, we move to Gokayama by bus, another village with distinctive historic thatched roof homes.  No cycling.

Hotel with onsen spa, Meals: breakfast,  dinner

Shirakagago gokayama omiyage Tofu lunch

Day 4: Iwase

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On the last day of the tour, we”ll visit Iwase town. Explore old street and houses and visit sake brewery.
We’ll be back to the hotel by 14:00 pick up luggages and get train for Toyama station.

We expect to arrive at Toyama Station around 16:00.

Meals: breakfast
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Tour Outline

Date Sept. 12~15, 2015 Oct. 22~25, 2015 May 28~31, 2016 (4 days 3 nights)
Tour Price JPY 121,500 (inc. Tax)
Gathering/Conclusion Toyama
Minimum Number of Participants 4

Items Included in Tour Prices

Rental Road bicycle (or cyclo cross bicycle/cross bicycle, if you prefer)

Lodging

Van Support on Route

Water and snacks during the ride

Daily Luggage Transport

Experienced Ride Leaders

Meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners

Transportation: Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel will be noted in your itinerary.

Sightseeing and Excursions: Admission to temples and shrines, special events and culinary experiences will be noted in your itinerary.

Not Included in Tour Prices

Airfare, alcoholic beverages and other personnel expenses

Traveling Alone

A limited number of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge on most tours. If you are a single traveler, please ask about room availability. A single-occupancy supplemental charge will be applied.

About Ryokan

To make your experience of Japan more authentic and memorable, we schedule some tour accommodations in traditional ryokan inns. Rather than single rooms, ryokan accommodate two to five people per room, with traditional tatami mat flooring and futon bedding. Please note that at Planet Adventure, we arrange for our guests to be accommodated in rooms divided by gender.

Travel Agreement, Cancellation, Change of Itinerary, and Casualty Insurance

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Photographs used in this site are for illustrative purpose only.