Experience spirits of Japan and Gokayama, famous for its distinctive historic thatched roof homes

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Toyama
Shirakawa-go
Min Age : 13+

Traveling Alone

Tour Details

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.

Departure & Return Location

Toyama (Easy access from Tokyo, Kanazawa, and Kyoto. Refer to time tables below)

Departure Time

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.

*Please note :Time table For trains is subject to change, please check before you plan a travel.

Price Includes

  • Rental Road bicycle (or cyclo cross bicycle/cross bicycle, if you prefer)
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • 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.

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • alcoholic beverages
  • Any Private 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.

What to Expect
Level:Beginner (Easy to manage even if you have no experience with sport bicycles)
  • 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)
Itinerary

Day 1Toyama ~ Kamiichi

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

Day 2Cycling / Experiencing Japanese culture

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

Day 3Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

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

Day 4Iwase

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

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.

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