From Kyoto to Kanazawa, via Lake Biwa, Hikone Castle, and the uncanny Tojinbo. And stay at a traditional Ryokan Inn

From Kyoto to Kanazawa, via Lake Biwa, Hikone Castle, and the uncanny Tojinbo. And stay at a traditional Ryokan Inn

This tour passes north from Kyoto to scenic Lake Biwa, and on to Kanazawa. We will see the uncanny Tojinbo Cliff natural rock formations and Hikone Castle, a designated National Treasure. Enjoy a stroll in the hot spring spa town of Yamashiro, and stay at a traditional Japanese onsen natural hot spring spa. The tour finishes in the old resort town of Kanazawa, which, like Kyoto, offers many Edo-period architectural highlights to enjoy.

Photo by (c) Biwako Visitors Bureau, Copyright © Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League

Tour Date
Oct. 4th ~ 9th 2015, May 22nd~27th 2016 (5 nights and 6 days)
Tour Price
JPY 290,000 (8% tax will be added to the tour price)
Gathering/conclusion
Kyoto / Kanazawa
Level
Beginner

Tour highlights

  • A relatively flat route that beginners can enjoy.
  • Cycling along Lake Biwa, a ride every aficionado of cycling in Japan must make at least once.
  • Visit Hikone Castle, a historic designated National Treasure– come see why.
  • Visit “Kehi no Matsubara”, one of the three most scenic pine groves in Japan.
  • Call at the largest seafood market on the Japan Sea Coast
  • Take in the fantastic shapes of the towering rock cliff formations of Tojinbo.
  • Interested participants can join in washi traditional Japanese paper-making, as well as decorating with gold leaf and other materials.
  • Overnight stay and baths at Yamashiro, a traditional onsen hot spring spa and inn.
  • Can join a 3-day Noto Peninsula cycling tour with Japan locals, dated Oct. 10 to 12th after the tour.
  • Stay a ryokan, which is chosen as one of the 100 best hotels in Japan by tourism professionals for our service and facilities.
  • Kimono experience (Wearing and excursion in Kimono) in Kanazawa (optional tour)
  • Easy access to Kyoto (2 hours 20 minutes) and Tokyo (3 hours) from Kanazawa where the tour ends.
  • Small group tour (4~10 cyclists)

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Itinerary

Day Week
day
Ride
Day
Route Distance Elevation Gain
Day 1 Sun. Kyoto (Riders’ meeting)
Day 2 Mon. -1 Kyoto - Hikone 71 km/ 44 ml 58 m/ 180 ft
Day 3 Tue -2 Hikone - Tsuruga, Fukui 65 km / 41 mile 283 m / 898 ft
Day 4 Wed. -3 Fukui - Yamashitro onsen, Fukui 60 km / 37 mile 45 m / 142 ft
Day 5 Thurs. -4 Yamashiro onsen - Kanazawa 58 km / 36 ml 500 m / 1580 ft
Day 6 fri Tour ends after breakfast.
TOTAL 254 km/158 mile 886 m/ 2,808 ft
Day 1 Kyoto

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Meet at a Hotel in Kyoto at 17:00.

After check-in at a hotel, we’ll have a riders meeting to explain traffic rules in Japan and our schedule and route of the tour followed by welcome dinner.

If you would like to stay at Kyoto on the previous day of the tour, we”ll help you book a hotel room.

Hotel in Kyoto/ Meals: Dinner

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Day 2 Kyoto ~ Hikone

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For a starter, we have a leisurely ride along the Lake Biwa, relatively long but very flat.

After breakfast, we take a train to Ohtsu city in Shiga prefecture.  We pass “Seta-no-Karahashi”, then cycle to lakeshore.  It is a comfortable ride with many places to see.

Arriving at Hikone, we visit Hikone Castle, a designated National Treasure.

Stay at a hotel / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3 Hikone ~ Tsuruga

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We keep on flat and comfortable local road.  Enjoy beautiful scenery of country side in Japan.

Our goal today is “Kehi-no-Matsubara”, one of the three most scenic pine groves in Japan.

We also visit “Shibata-ke “, a famous old house built in Edo-Period, a house built in the traditional Japanese style of architecture called “Shoin-Zukuri”, origin of houses in Japan, if we have time.

We call at Sakana-machi, the largest seafood market on the Japan Sea coast, where we may have lunch.

Then, we take a train for Fukui city.

Stay at a hotel/ Meals: Breakfast

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Day 4 Fukui ~ Yamashiro Onsen

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We go up north along Kiziryu-River towards  Tojinbo, a series of basaltic cliffs on the Sea of Japan.  Tojinbo is named after Buddhism priest who was pushed off these cliffs.  According to the legend, Tojinbo’s unquiet ghost appears around  April 5th, the date he was murdered, and cause strong winds and rain.

We may have time to visit Yunokuni-no-Mori  to experience some of the Japanese culture, such as silk painting, pottery, etc.

We stay at Yunokuni Tensho,  which is chosen as one of the 100 best hotels in Japan by tourism professionals for our service and facilities.

Stay at a Ryokan/ Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

福井〜山代湯のくに天祥 Tojinbo kagaryouri natadera_yoko

Day 5 Yamashiro onsen - Kanazawa

Yamanaka onsen


Last day of cycling.  We head for Kanazawa town.

First, we visit Yamanaka onsen,  where we have a tea time at the Kakusenkei Kawadoko and then another hot spring erae, Awazu onsenm, old onsen, which was opened some 1,300 years ago.

We arrive at Kanazawa in the afternoon.  After checking in a hotel, we have time to stroll around the area.

We have a dinner party tonight.

Stay at a hotel / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

山代〜金沢 kanazawa bukeyasiki kanazawa niwa kanazawajo yoru

Day 6 Kanazawa(no ride)

Tours end after breakfast.

Or, if you would like to extend your stay after the cycling tour, arrange railway, air or other post-cycling travel, please feel free to ask. We’ll be more than happy to help arrange it.

Optional tours
Kimono Excursion at Nagamachi Yuzen Kan.

– Let’s excursion with “kimono”.(JPY 1,000)
– Coloring experience (JPY 4,000)
– Fixation experience of a kimono(JPY 4,000)

3-day Cycling tour for Noto peninsula (JPY 49,800)

 

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Outline

Date Oct. 4th ~ Oct. 9th 2015, May 22nd ~ 27th 2016 (5 nights and 6 days)
Tour price JPY 290,000 (8% tax will be added to the tour price)
Gathering/conclusion Kyoto/Kanazawa
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: 5 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.

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.

A note about ryokan, traditional-style Japanese inns

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.

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.

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

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions

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