• Spring
      • video

        Finding the Flow from Kansai to Kochi

        Shikoku’s many mountains, valleys and proximity to the ocean has made it a hidden gem for rafting, kayaking and canyoning enthusiasts willing to take a step or two further from the Golden Route of Kyoto and Osaka.

        Solace and Giant Salamanders in Akiota

        Just beyond Hiroshima City is a tranquil outdoor destination home to some of Japan's last remaining oosanshouo, the elusive giant salamander.
        Kyoto Oni Trail Outdoor Japanvideo

        The Oni Trail: Hiking Coastal Kyoto

        The mystical oni is prevalent in Japanese children’s stories, usually as a way to scare kids straight. Adventure Travel Kyoto is shedding a new light on this folklore and developing a new hiking route in the countryside of Kyoto.

        Spring Skiing in Japan 2022

        It may be spring in Japan but you can still ski in select ski resorts open all the way to Golden Week.
    • Summer
    • Autumn
      • Pow Bar Founder Megumi Scott

        Beyond the Brand: Pow Bar

        An interview with Megumi Scott, the founder of Niseko brand Pow Bar.
        Churamura Okinawa Sea Turtle Marine Conservation

        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
    • Winter
    • Near Tokyo
    • Near Kyoto
      • video

        Finding the Flow from Kansai to Kochi

        Shikoku’s many mountains, valleys and proximity to the ocean has made it a hidden gem for rafting, kayaking and canyoning enthusiasts willing to take a step or two further from the Golden Route of Kyoto and Osaka.
    • All Regions
    • Article Map
    • Ocean and Beach
    • River and Lake
    • Mountain and Land
    • Sky
    • Snow and Ice
    • Travel
    • Food and Drinks
    • Races and Events

Japan Eco Track: Cycling Noto Peninsula

Green-carpeted staircases leading to the ocean, rustic wooden houses lined up along the bay and glassy lagoons where dolphins await: time seems to stop on the Noto Peninsula. Noto extends about 100 kilometers into the Sea of Japan offering plethora of landscapes from flat sandy beaches to jagged cliffs. Public transportation is limited here, so the best way to explore the area is by cycling the Japan Eco Track, which stops at many of the attractions Noto Peninsula has to offer. Take the bullet train from Tokyo or the high-speed Thunderbird Express Train from Shin-Osaka Station or Kyoto to Kanazawa Station and begin your journey here.  

Noto Satohama Route

The Noto Peninsula can be circumnavigated in 30 hours, starting with the Noto Satohama route in the south. It takes about one hour to reach the coast from Kanazawa Station. One of the highlights is cycling on the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway—eight kilometers of flat, firm sand.

Hakui-Ganmon-Satoyama Route

It gets more challenging as you make your way up north. Starting at Hakui Station, this route, which takes four to five hours, has several steep uphills but the views are worth it as sandy beaches are replaced with dramatic cliffs. 

Oku-Noto Route

Traditional seaside towns have endured on the peninsula’s northern tip. Noto is characterized by its black-roofed buildings and well-preserved architecture: remnants of the past when this region was a thriving port town on a trade route. Nearby are the famed Shiroyone Senmaida rice terraces, 1,004 small rice paddies built into steep slopes leading down to the coast. Rice is planted in late May and greens during the summer, then turn a rich gold in autumn. 

If you need a break from cycling, visit Wajima City’s bustling morning markets or hop into a kayak at Kinoura Village Inn. There are also short coastal hiking trails like the Tsukumo Bay Trail or opt for the longer 10-kilometer Misaki Nature Trail. Watch the sunset from the Rokkosaki Lighthouse or the peculiar-shaped Mitsukejima rock island. 

Nanao Bay Route

Cycling across the Twin Bridge Noto to Notojima (Noto Island), where you can kayak or swim alongside wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in Nanao Bay. After a long ride, unwind in a hot spring at Hyokkori Onsen or rest your feet in an ashi-yu foot bath at Wakura Onsen before making your way into Nanao City.

About Japan Eco Track

Montbell—Japan’s largest homegrown outdoor brand and retailer—started a series of events in 2009 called Sea to Summit. The goal was to invigorate local areas, holding events to experience nature through canoeing, cycling, trekking and other human-powered movement. While these events continue to be held in beautiful areas around Japan, the natural progression was to provide information and guides so travelers could experience these areas throughout the year at their own pace while learning the history and culture of the region and interacting with locals.  

Japan Eco Track guides contain maps with designated routes of varying difficulty levels. Each guide includes information on local restaurants, guides, tour operations and other attractions. Along Japan Eco Track routes there are support stations located at affiliated stores and major transportation hubs such as train stations, airports and michi no eki (rest areas). Discounts and special offers are available at participating locations when travelers show the Japan Eco Track booklet. There are more than 15 guides, with new areas being developed and offered in English.

[novo-map id=2 individual=”yes”]

Outdoor Japan logo tree


Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest posts