Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Cycling Coastal Japan (11 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Tokyo, Japan To Kyoto, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2018

Cycling Coastal Japan (11 days)


Day 1
Tokyo, Japan
Aman Tokyo Dinner

You’ll launch your 13-day cycling tour from Tokyo, where you’ll be met at the airport and driven by private vehicle to your hotel in the city center. As you’ll be traveling to Takaoka via train tomorrow, we recommend staying close to Tokyo Station. The Mandarin Oriental is a stunning five-star property convenient to the station that provides superlative luxury accommodation and outstanding service.

Day 2
Togi, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a hearty breakfast in your hotel before taking the shinkansen, Japan's bullet train, to Takaoka. It’s here in Takaoka you’ll hop on your bike, starting with a leisurely six-mile cycle along the coast, with a visit to Keta Taisha Shrine along the way. You’ll see the Ganmon Sea Cave, a naturally-formed cavern, carved out of rock by the pounding of the waves. Ride a further 12.5 miles along undulating roads until you reach the town of Togi, where you have the opportunity to recuperate in its hot springs.

Day 3
Wajima, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycle along the scenic, rugged Sekinohana coastline today to Minazuki where you’ll stop for lunch - perhaps a bowl of soba noodles. Continue towards Wajima, the main city of Noto Peninsula, where you’ll see more remarkable rock formations along the shoreline. Check into a hotel in Wajima - you can choose from a traditional ryokan onsen (hot spring) guesthouse or stay in one of the city’s Western-style hotels. Today’s ride totals around 37 miles.

Day 4
Noto, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early for a wander through the Asa-Ichi morning market, where you can see local traders selling fresh fish and produce and check out the city’s famous lacquerware. Today’s ride will be approximately 50 miles around the peninsula, winding through rice paddy terraces and passing old feudal homes. Ride past Mitsuke Island and arrive at Tsukumo Bay, where you’ll check into a ryokan with natural hot springs and spectacular water views.

Day 5
Wakura, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s ride is an easy 40 miles along the coast, cycling across to Notojima Island, where you can enjoy views of Hida Mountains - Japan’s snowcapped Alps. Explore the island on your bike today before heading onwards to Wakura, a renowned onsen town. Here, you’ll check into another traditional ryokan, with plenty of free time to enjoy the city’s therapeutic hot springs and fantastic fresh seafood.

Day 6
Kanazawa, Japan
Nikko Kanazawa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cycle to the picturesque city of Kanazawa today, capital of Ishikawa Prefecture and home to beautiful castles, shrines, and gardens. Explore the diverse architecture of this scenic city, including the imposing Kanazawa Train Station-- a striking mixture of traditional and futuristic design with a towering wooden drum gate and soaring glass canopy. Refuel tonight with a dinner of okonomiyaki - a traditional Japanese comfort food, best described as a savoury pancake. After dinner, rest and relax at Nikko Kanazawa Hotel.

Day 7
Kanazawa, Japan
Nikko Kanazawa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Kanazawa at your own leisure today. You can visit historic landmarks such as the Ishikawa Gate and the Sanjikken Longhouse, or wander through the spectacularly beautiful Kenroku-en Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Kanazawa Castle is also a major draw within the city, having been fully-restored after being destroyed by fire in 1881.

Day 8
Shirakawa, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a 35-mile ride, trade in your bike for a pair of solid hiking boots today, as you’ll be exploring the various trails of the mountains surrounding Shirakawa village. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its quaint gassho-zukuri houses, made without nails and featuring pointed thatched roofs to withstand the area’s heavy snowfalls. Tonight, check into a centuries-old gassho-zukuri inn and enjoy an authentic local meal with your fellow travelers. There are onsen baths in the area for those seeking an evening soak.

Day 9
Takayama, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early and enjoy your last day of cycling to the scenic town of Takayama, a journey of around 45 miles. Takayama is famous for its cute traditional wooden shophouses and the well-preserved lanes and alleys of its Old City. Here, you can enjoy wandering its picturesque streets, visiting historic sake breweries and browsing boutiques. Check into a traditional onsen ryokan in Takayama tonight.

Day 10
Kyoto, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head to Kyoto today-- Japan’s imperial capital. You’ll travel by train to Nagoya, then by shinkansen to Kyoto, where you have plenty of time to see the city’s attractions. As a major center of history and culture in Japan, Kyoto has castles, temples, shrines and gardens aplenty. It’s also widely considered the country’s culinary capital with traditional kaiseki cuisine garnering the city Michelin stars year after year. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your guide and fellow travelers tonight.

Day 11
Kyoto, Japan
None Breakfast

Enjoy the final day of your journey in Kyoto with a free day. Kyoto is home to Nijo Castle, Ryugen-in Temple with its famous Zen rock garden, Nishiki food markets and an array of beautiful temples. You might also like to take this opportunity for one final visit to an onsen. The Hoshinoya ryokan, one of our recommended hotels in Kyoto, has one on-site - the perfect preparation for a long flight home.

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  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

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Explore Japan’s stunning coastline on this 11-day outdoor itinerary that incorporates cycling, hiking, and visits to the country’s best hot springs. You’ll begin in Tokyo before heading to the rugged shoreline of Noto Peninsula on the Sea of Japan, meandering through beautiful countryside and stopping in tiny towns and big cities all the way to Takayama. Take a bullet train to Kyoto, where you’ll have free time to explore the city’s wealth of historic and cultural landmarks. This itinerary includes around 270 miles of cycling through mildly challenging hilly areas and is suitable for moderate fitness levels.


  • The freedom of experiencing Japan’s most beautiful landscapes and villages by bicycle

  • Stopping in onsen towns and enjoying an integral part of Japanese culture - hot springs

  • Visiting the famous Takayama historic town, nestled in the Hida Mountains-- Japan’s Alps

  • Free time in Kyoto, home to 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

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