Cycling Japan – day 24 – Wajima to near Cape Rokko

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  • Day 24 – Wajima to near Cape Rokko
  • Distance: 44.1km
  • Ascent / descent: 463m / 406m
  • Weather: sunny and warm
  • Accommodation: camped near Cape Rokko

I slept well last night and packed everything away to be at the Wajima Asaichi morning market when it opened at 8am. I spent an hour wandering around the market, talking to the old women who were selling their wares, and I also met one of the Japanese couples who I’d met the other night camping (when I sat at their fire and drank whisky with them).

A lady selling her wares at the Wajima asaichi morning market

A lady selling her wares at the Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

Wajima asaichi morning market

A large Tanuki at a nearby shrine

A large Tanuki at a nearby shrine

I was slow to get started after the market and there was so much to see on the route today – Senmaida rice paddies, salt farms, Michi-no-eki’s, rock formations (Godzilla), a kissing tunnel, and incredible coastal landscapes. 

Onigiri rice balls at Senmaida

Onigiri rice balls at Senmaida

Senmaida rice terraces, Noto Peninsula

Senmaida rice terraces, Noto Peninsula

Senmaida rice terraces, Noto Peninsula

Senmaida rice terraces, Noto Peninsula

Senmaida rice terraces, Noto Peninsula

Senmaida rice terraces, Noto Peninsula

Selfie at Senmaida rice paddies

Selfie at Senmaida rice paddies

Motorbikes and my bike

Motorbikes and my bike

A lady moving sand to be turned into salt, Noto Peninsula

A lady moving sand to be turned into salt, Noto Peninsula

The kissing tunnel!

The kissing tunnel!

A family working on a salt farm, Noto Peninsula

A family working on a salt farm, Noto Peninsula

It looks like the grandfather is in charge of the important water spreading

It looks like the grandfather is in charge of the important water spreading

There were hundreds of carp kites here which are displayed for Children's Day on May 5

There were hundreds of carp kites here which are displayed for Children’s Day on May 5

Carp kites are hung up to celebrate Children's Day on May 5

Carp kites are hung up to celebrate Children’s Day on May 5

A farmer in his salt field

A farmer in his salt field

Godzilla rock - can you see it?

Godzilla rock – can you see it?

Local farming houses along the Noto Peninsula

Local farming houses along the Noto Peninsula

It was a tough last climb up to a sunset viewpoint and I camped near here. I met a motorbike rider called Kawasaki and we had dinner together while sitting around his fire. It was a freezing night but there were plenty of stars and I saw three satellites while we were having dinner.

A lovely coastal road, Noto Peninsula

A lovely coastal road, Noto Peninsula

The sun's beginning to go down and you can see the road I've been cycling up to get here

The sun’s beginning to go down and you can see the road I’ve been cycling up to get here

Jb24 - elevation profile from Garmin connect

Jb24 – elevation profile from Garmin connect

Jb24 - google map from Garmin Connect

Jb24 – google map from Garmin Connect

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