Nanao Bay Area

Cycling and jogging route on the Noto Peninsula

By Alena Eckelmann    - 2 min read

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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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Born East of the Wall and South of Berlin, I am celebrating my 15th year anniversary in Japan in May 2020, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the beautiful Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home.I have been a JapanTravel Partner since the conception of the platform in 2011! In Tokyo I worked in market research at AIP Corporation and in business education at JMEC. For the last 10 years I have been a guide for foreign visitors at Venture Japan, on top of being a Freelance Writer and a Business Researcher.  Apart from work, I trained at the Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo and at the Oedo Sukeroku Taiko Dojo for several years each, and I ran the 1st Tokyo Marathon and enjoyed cycling around Tokyo. During the last 10 years I am working with local authorities to improve their hospitality to foreign visitors and I have participated in many monitors as a media representative.  My current 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 a licensed guide for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails  and for Koyasan, the Buddhist monastery, in addition to being a practitioner and licensed guide for Forest Therapy (Shinrin Therapy).  As a guide for walking tours, I have taken visitors to walk the Kumano Kodo trails, the Nakasendo trail and the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage trail.  Being grounded during this COVID-19 crisis, I enjoy gardening, baking bread in my new Japanese bread-maker and going for walks around 'my' village.  Take care, keep well, stay safe!