Kanazawa, Noto Peninsula, Ancient Festival & Old-school Hospitality

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Japanese scenic beauty and old-school hospitality,
Shoulder portable shrines up to three stories high at an Ancient Festival, and
Luxuriate in true Japanese style at “Ae no Kaze”, a top-tier ryokan inn

Starting from the historic town of Kanazawa, this weeklong full circuit of the stunningly beautiful Noto Peninsula immerses you in its dynamic coastline and picturesque rural hillscape amid light traffic and riding comfort. But this tour is about more than just fresh air and scenery. We’ll visit the traditional artisan laquerware town of Wajima, where you can create your own craftwork, and browse the old morning market for treasures. At Suzu, near the tip of the peninsula, we participate in the ancient Kiriko Festival, a thrilling event in which local people– and YOU– shoulder portable shrines up to three stories high. It’s an event that has to be seen to be believed. On the final night, you will luxuriate in true Japanese style at Ae no Kaze, a top-tier ryokan inn, one of Kagaya group, which as been renowned among Japanese travelers as the ultimate in old-school Japanese cuisine and hospitality

Departure & Return Location

Wakura Onsen (easy access to Tokyo, Kyoto, or Shirakawa-go)

Departure Time

Meet at 17:00 in Kanazawa

Price Includes

  • Rental Road bicycle (or cyclo cross bicycle/cross bicycle, if you prefer)
  • 6 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Van Support on Route
  • Water and snacks during the ride
  • Daily Luggage Transport
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts and 5 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
  • Explore Myoryuji, Kanazawa’s “Ninja Temple” so-called because of its many hidden tunnels, traps and other surprises.
  • Join in the ancient Kiriko festival procession, and help local revelers carry gorgeous Kiriko illuminated lacquered portable shrine floats, some towering 15 meters.
  • Cycle along the Noto Kongo coastline, immersed in the ever-changing natural beauty of Japan.
  • See the stunning terraced hillside rice paddies of Senmaida, and the Tokikuni Residence, an architectural gem preserved in its original glory from the feudal 1590s, and its unforgettable gardens.
  • On the final day, we stay at Ae no Kaze, a traditional Japanese ryokan inn and a member of Kagaya group, which has been ranked by hospitality professionals as being among Japan’s top 100 inns for 35 consecutive years.
  • Enjoy Gojinjo Daiko, a wildly exuberant drumming presentation by performers in traditional demon masks and headgear made of seaweed.
  • •Easy Access to Tokyo (4 hours), Kyoto (4 hours), Toyama (1.5 hours), Kanazawa (1 hour) by bullet trains from Wakura onsen where the tour ends.

Day 1Meet at a hotel in Kanazawa

Meet at 17:00 at a hotel in Kanazawa. We’ll have a riders meeting to explain traffic rules in Japan and our schedule and route of the tour followed by welcome dinner.

From Tokyo, take a bullet train for Kanazawa. (About 2.5 hours)
Take a bullet train for Kanazawa. (About 2.5 hours)

Hotel in Tokyo/ Dinner

Day 2Kanazawa city cycling

Explore a castle, a ninja temple and samurai towns and gardens.

Stay at a hotel in Kanazawa / Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Kanazawa ~ Shika-machi 78 km/ 48.5 mile

Enjoy cycling along the beautiful coastline for Shima-mahi.

Stay at a small hotel in Shika-machi/ Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4Shika-machi ~ Wajima 52 km / 32 mile

Enjoy cycling along the beautiful coastline for Wajima. Along the route, we’ll see Yase-no-dangai, Tenryo Kuroshima, and so on. At Wajima, we’ll visit Kiriko Kaikan and enjoy painting of lacquer ware.

Stay at a small hotel in Wajima/ Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5Wajima ~ Suzu 70 km / 43.5 mile

After enjoying the Asa-ichi, morning market, we depart for Suzu. Soon we pass Senmaida, Rice Terraces, Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, and then we visit Kami-Tokikuni Residence in Sosogi. At Suzu, today’s goal, local festival awaits us. Here, you will shoulder kiriko together with members of the town.
Shirayone Senmaida Rice Terraces: Ancient method of farming. A thousand of terraced rice paddies snaking up the hillside are both fascinating and beautiful.

Stay at a hotel in Suzu/ Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6Suzu ~ Anamizu 72 km / 45 mile

The last day of cycling. First, we head for Tsukumo bay, the complicated coastline of a ria coast. And then, we visit Japanese sake brewery. After enjoying cycling to Anamizu, we take a train to Wakura Onsen, today’s goal. We stay at a beautiful ryokan, one of the Kagaya group, which has been ranked No.1 overall for 35 consecutive years in the “Top 100 Hotels & Ryokans Voted by Industry Professionals”. We’ll have a dinner show of Gojinjo-Daiko drumming. Relax and refresh youself!

Stay at a ryokan / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7Wakura Onsen (no ride)

Tours end after breakfast.

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.

Please note that the approximate times required to travel to ideal destination such as Kanazawa, Tokyo, Kyoto, or Hida-takayama are listed below. Kyoto (3.5 hours) Tokyo (4 hours), Hida-Takayama (4 hours). Takaoka, gateway for Shirakawago/Gokayama (1.5 hours)