The Nanao Bay area is very scenic; what better way to explore than close-up with nature? Opt for an active holiday and go cycling or even jogging along the bay shores.
The cycling and marathon running course of 40km leads around the Nanao West Bay. The course is marked by English signs every 5km. It starts in Wakura Onsen, leads across the Noto-jima Inland Bridge, across Noto Island and back across the Noto Twin Bridge. These two bridges make for nice photo spots. Along the course you will also see many villages with well-preserved traditional houses. You can hire cycles at the Wakura Onsen Tourism Office. The rental time is from 9am to 5pm. The fee is ¥500 per bike and adult, and ¥300 for a child. Bike rental is not available during the cold season from January until April. Apart from Wakura Hot Spring, there are also Hyokkori Onsen's Shimano-yu on Noto Island and Nakajima Sarutahiko Onsen's Iyashi-no-yu in the Nanao North Bay area. You are spoiled for choice where to have your shower with all these hot springs around.
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Celebrating my 10th year anniversary in Japan in May 2018, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home. I have visited all 47 prefectures of Japan and for the last 4 years I have worked as a guide for foreign visitors. My special interest is in Japanese nature and spirituality. I love spending time in the forest and mountains and I love visiting temples and shrines. I am also a licensed guide for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails and for Koyasan, the Buddhist monastery, in addition to being a practitioner and guide for Shinrin Yoku (Forest Therapy). In recent years I have taken visitors to walk the Kumano Kodo trails, the Nakasendo trail, the 88 temple pilgrimage trail around Shikoku Island and to Dewa Sanzan, the three sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture. If you look for nature and spirituality in your trip to Japan, then Wakayama, Nara and Yamagata Prefectures are ideal places to get started!