Cycle Around Scenic Notojima with a Local Guide

Connect with the idyllic Japanese countryside and its residents on this curated tour

Looking to venture off the beaten path to experience an unexplored area of Japan? Come to Notojima, a pastoral fishing and farming village north of Kanazawa. Here, you can take part in any of a variety of plans offered by Kurashino Cycle, each designed to allow you to leisurely enjoy the beauty of your surroundings and interact with the local residents. It's the perfect opportunity to go beyond simple sightseeing to get a true sense for how people live in rural Japan.

Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the life of the people in Notojima is indelibly tied to the land itself. With an English-speaking guide accompanying you every step of the way, you'll have the opportunity to experience everything from the beauty of Noto's mountains and sea—designated a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System—to traditional fisheries, farms and more.

Cycle alongside picturesque terraced rice paddies and stop for a chat with the farmers working the fields. Ride past a lively fishing port and hear about the latest fresh catches straight from the fishermen's mouths. The locals will be happy to share the history and culture of their home. By the time you leave, you'll have formed a meaningful bond with an area of the country even many Japanese haven't seen.

With pickup available starting Wakura Onsen Station, just an hour by limited express train from Kanazawa Station (2.5 hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen bullet train), this untouched gem is easily accessible. Tours are available from March to November.

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