Type of tour:Guided
Duration:8 Nights
Distance:50 Miles/day average
Dates: Sep 27, 2015; May 15, Jun 26, Jul 3, Aug 28, 2016 (minimum 4 participants)
Tour price:US$3750
Start city:Kanazawa City, Japan
End city:Takayama, Japan
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Coastal roads and traditional farmhouses
Japan's Noto Peninsula: Rich History and Modern Lifestyle

Tour Description: Guided

A visit to Japan will be filled with contradictions to the senses, so come prepared to experience a rich history that dates back centuries and see the latest modern trends in fashion and electronics; visit beautiful forests, mountains and sea coasts as well as futuristic architecture and transportation; meet polite and candid locals as well as lovers of Hello Kitty and karaoke.

Let the idiosyncrasies of Japan reveal themselves as our trip takes us from crowded urban Tokyo to rustic Noto Peninsula in the Sea of Japan.  

We'll cycle along coastal roads where we will pass sand dunes, caves and fantastic rock formations, terraced rice paddies as well as ancient temples and shrines. After seeing the incredible blue green waters you might want to stop at a beach for a dip.

For the shopper in you we'll stop at Wajima, famous for its lacquer ware and morning market that specializes in fish. From Wajima we'll detour into the peninsula's interior to see Tokikuni Old House. As this is a long day of biking, 90 km, we'll head back to our magnificent inn where you can take in the views of the bay and relax. From Noto we'll ride around Notojima Island, where you'll have glimpses of snow-covered peaks of the Japanese Alps. 

We'll stay in Japanese-style lodging and experience an authentic onsen, or hot spring, in one of Japan's more famous "Onsen Towns." Our journey will then take us to Kanazawa - city of castles and three of Japan's major gardens. After exploring the samurai and geisha areas of the city we'll head to the UNESCO site of Shirakawago, an area known for three-storey, nail-free "clasped hands" thatched roof houses located at the base of Mount Hakusan. 

From there a visit to Takayama's old town will place you back in the Edo Period (1600-1868). We'll end our trip here but there are plenty of options to continue exploring Japan nearby. 

A note about weather: Japan has a diverse climate. There are four seasons: from April to June is spring. The rainy season is from middle of June to the middle of July. July through end of September can be hot and humid temperatures in the big cities can go as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit/35 degrees Celsius.

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