The wonderful riddle of contemporary Japan is how whole-heartedly it has embraced all things modern—all the while retaining the customs of times past. This is truly a land of contrasts: from the bright lights and chaos of Tokyo to the elegance and history of UNESCO-protected Kyoto. As cyclists, we’ve sought out the most serene and picturesque pockets. On the Noto Peninsula, epic rides feature country roads and fishing villages. Elsewhere, we’ll soak in mountain hot springs, visit centuries-old temples, experience the time-honoured tea ceremony, and marvel at meticulously tended gardens.
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Start your trip by discovering one of the last traditional regions in Japan. Ride from the middle of the peninsula to the northern coast where the landscape is typically Japanese: rugged coastline and rice paddies, along with towns and farmland occupying most flat stretches.
Visit the asaichi, or morning market, to witness the line of fish mongers-usually elderly women-dressed in rubber boots who hawk their catch. Ride along the scenic coast and to Sojiji Temple for an introduction to Zen Buddhism and the animist religion known as Shinto.
Begin your day with a ride on the quiet coastal road heading south ending at a delightful inn renowned for its superb Japanese-Italian cuisine. Spend your afternoon overlooking Tsukumo Bay.
Embark on a quiet ride weaving through sleepy fishing villages, forests, and pastoral landscapes. Stop for a catered lunch before driving along the coast to the hot spring town of Wakura Onsen. Dinner will be a traditional Kaiseki, the fabulous Japanese multi-course meal.
Spend your day looking for dolphins, riding scenic trails and winding down in the hot springs before going out on the town for dinner.
Explore Kanazawa, and the sublime Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s three greatest gardens. Afterwards, at a nearby private tea house Mrs. Nishida will share her love of chanoyu, or the tea ceremony. Embark on a fantastic loop ride this afternoon before dining with chef Takahashi-san serving up his regional specialties.
Explore the local shops in Yamanaka, walk up the marvelous three-km gorge below the town, relax in the onsen and get a shiatsu massage or simply read a book in the peaceful surroundings of the hotel. Spend the afternoon biking through the mountains to the amazing temple of a sect of esoteric Buddhists.
After breakfast we’ll drive to Kyoto and say our goodbyes, arriving around noon. Kyoto easily demands a stay of several nights with its temples, shrines and UNESCO World Heritage sites.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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