Japan’s Highest Road on Mt. Norikura, Hirayu hot spa, Takayama Historic Town and Toyama

Japan’s Highest Road on Mt. Norikura, Hirayu hot spa, Takayama Historic Town and Toyama

This cycling tour begins at Shinjuku station followed by a train trip to Matsumoto. We will have a riders’ meeting there. The second day is full of challenge. We will climb to Mt. Norikura (2,704m/8,871ft.). As you climb up, you will notice deep green forest gradually changes to autumn-colored alpine plants. You will also enjoy 360° breathtaking view of Japan Alps Mountains. Once you are done with the hard hill climbing, it’s time to go downhill to Hirayu hot spa! Relax and recover your body. On the following day, we will travel to Takayama historic town where very old Japanese town is preserved. On the final day of the cycling tour, we will ride from mountainous Takayama to Toyama which faces the Japan Sea.

Tour Date
Sep. 26th - 30th, (5 days/4 nights)
Tour Price
JPY 275,000 (Inc. tax)
Tokyo/Toyama (easy access to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa)

Tour highlights

  • Matsumoto city walking tour.
  •  A challenging climb to Mt. Norikura to enjoy breathtaking autumn leaves and Japan Alps mountains from above clouds.
  •  Downhill to Hirayu hot spa.
  • Walk around the historic town of Takayama known for its old townscape and gorgeous festival floats.
  • Ride from Hida Furukawa on mountainous course to Toyama on the Japan Sea.
  • Easy Access to Tokyo (2.5 hours), Kyoto (3 hours), , Kanazawa (23 minutes) by bullet trains from Toyama, where the tour ends.

Tour map


Day Week
Route Distance Elevation Gain
9/26 Sat Tokyo - Matsumoto
9/27 Sun -1 Matsumoto-Norikura-Hirayu 40 km/ 25 ml 1,249 m/4,098 ft.
9/28 Mon -2 Takayama Walking Tour - -
9/29 Tue -3 Hida Furukawa-Toyama 79km/49ml 821m/2,693ft.
9/30 Wed 0 Toyama
Total 119km/74ml 2,070m/6,792fl
Day 1 Tokyo – Matsumoto, Nagano Pref.


Matsumoto Castle

Meet at Shinjuku Station at 11:30 and take a train for Matsumoto, Nagano pref.

After check-in at a hotel in Matsumoto, we’ll visit the Matsumoto Castle, the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan. After strolling the city, we have a riders meeting at the hotel to explain traffic rules in Japan, schedule, and route of the tour followed by welcome dinner.

Hotel in Matsumoto/ Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Mt. Norikura Climb (Matsumoto, Nagano pref.) - Hirayu hot spa (Takayama, Gifu pref.)

We start cycling from Norikura Visitor Center at 1,500m/4,920 ft. elevation to the peak (2,704m/8,871ft.). You’ll notice the surrounding green is gradually changing to autumn-colored alpine plants. You’ll also enjoy a panoramic view of Japan Alps. After you reached the highest road in Japan, go downhill to Hirayu hot spa for your body refreshment.

Course details: http://yj.pn/t6XHSd

Stay at a ryokan / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cycling on Mt. Norikura
Autumn on Mt. Norikura
Day 3 Walking tour in Takayama, Gifu pref. (No cycling)

We will take a bus trip to Takayama and free action there. Takayama’s old townscape is one of must-sees in Japan. It also offers variety of foods. Hida Beef Burger is very popular among foreign visitors. Traditional Japanese food is not a bad choice, but you might find your favorite in ramens. We’ll take a train from Takayama to Hida Furukawa, another old town and get ready for the next day’s ride.

Stay at a hotel/ Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Takayama Old Townscape
Ramen noodle


Day 4 Hida Takayama, Toyama pref.

After the rest day, we will continue cycling along Continue cycling along mountain route down to Japan Sea. Toyama is known for its fresh seafood and beautiful scenery of Tateyama mountain ranges.

Course details: http://yahoo.jp/ixIH8c

Stay at a hotel/ Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hida Furukawa Old Townscape
Sushi in Toyama


Day 5 Toyama

This tour ends after breakfast.<br>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.

<br>It takes only 2.5 hours from Toyama to Tokyo. (about JPY 13,000)

Tour Outline

Tour date Sep. 26th - 30th, (5 days/4 nights)
Tour price JPY 275,000 (Inc. tax)
Gathering/conclusion Tokyo/Toyama
Distance 120 km/74mile
Elevation gain 2,070 m/6,791 ft
Level Advanced
Group size 4~15 (Minimum Number of Participants: 4)
Support Cycling leader, Tour Conductor, and Support van.

Items Included in Tour Prices

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


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.

Photographs used in this site are for illustrative purpose only.