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Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Epic rides & serene hot springs
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 have 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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Day by Day
Discover the heart of the rustic Noto Peninsula and its rugged coastlines, rice paddies, and endless farmland. Dinner will be on a menu made from fresh, local ingredients with a “strict” dress code requiring your traditional yukata (kimono).
Visit the asaichi, or morning market, in the centre of Wajima to find anything from lacquerware and sake to fresh fish and vegetables. Ride along the scenic coast to Sojiji Temple for an introduction to Japanese Zen Buddhism.
Explore the quiet coastal road and spectacular ocean views of the east before visiting the small town of Suzu for lunch. Take an afternoon ride south past Lida Bay to the water-side Ryokan of Hyakurakuso.
Ride back in time through sleepy fishing villages and past lush forests. Stop for a local lunch and head to the hot spring town of Wakura Onsen to indulge in a taste of Japan’s signature suki yaki with famous Noto Gyu (beef) as the highlight.
Drive through the awakening streets of Nanao to the island of Noto. Circumnavigating the island, pass through parkland and fishing communities, stopping along the way to watch for dolphins before a simple yet delicious lunch.
Drive south to explore Kanazawa, and the sublime Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s greatest gardens. Call in at a nearby private tea house to hear the charming Mrs. Nishida share her love of the tea ceremony.
Bike through the winding mountains before exploring an amazing Buddhist temple. Walk up the marvelous 3 km gorge below Yamanaka or relax in the onsen with a shiatsu massage. Enjoy a sake tasting with a 13th generation sake brewer.
After breakfast, transfer to Kyoto and say farewells. Kyoto easily demands a stay of several nights with its temples, shrines and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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Notonosho Ryokan, Wajima
Notonosho's atmosphere offers a great representation of the Japanese aesthetic. Rooms are spacious and all feature tatami mat floors and futon beds. The inn boasts of having the most alkaline water in Japan, and a long soak in the tub will leave your skin feeling silky-smooth. View hotel website »
Lamp No Yado Ryokan, Noto
Overlooking the Sea of Japan, this celebrated ryokan is famous for its spa and hot tub. The rooms are welcoming and the zen atmosphere is unbeatable. We love it most for its peaceful and stunning location. View hotel website »
Matsunomidori Ryokan, Wakura Onsen
Set in the hot spring town of Wakura Onsen, Matsunomidori perches over the Sea of Japan and attracts guests from all over to bathe in its famous hot springs. The building features a contemporary design and every room is blessed with an ocean view. View hotel website »
Kanazawa Excel Tokyu, Kanazawa
A break from the tatami mats and futons, the Excel is a comfortable four-star property that offers modern western-style rooms (and beds!), and is located within easy walking distance of the city’s shopping, restaurant and historic districts. View hotel website »
Kayotei Ryokan, Yamanaka
A traditional family-owned inn of 10 rooms, the exquisite Kayotei sets the standard for Japanese ryokans. The inn is set amidst a natural forest and the hospitality is warm, charming, and unobtrusive. Its elegant hot spring overlooks the forest and provides the perfect place for meditation. View hotel website »
The biking was great but the Japanese cultural experience was even better. The Ryokans, the meals, and the special events such as paper making, saki tasting, etc were really an excellent introduction to the culture of Japan.— Gary Coughlan
There's nothing in the world like a Japanese mountain descent, the way the roads arc and roll with the landscape, like some ancient artist's immortal brushstroke.Bicycling Magazine
We never wanted to be the biggest travel company in the world, just the best.
— George Butterfield
The daily distances range from 25-50+ km (16-31 mi.) with longer options on several days. Most rides have several climbs of 2-4 km, some gradual and some steep, but the B&R van will be there should you need a little boost. The routes have very little traffic as we often travel on roads not frequented by the local population. Road quality is excellent. Of our trips outside Europe, this one offers some of the purest and most beautiful biking. If you are comfortable riding a road bike then we recommend that you do so for this trip.
“I ride a couple times a week and enjoy tackling a good climb or a steady incline.”
Consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners, including wine, beer and sake
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support vehicle
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of a road or hybrid bicycle, with helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including van support, bus transfers and internal flights
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service including internal flight(s)
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you’ll have the perfect bike. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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