Cycling Japan – day 25 – Cape Rokko to Noto-jima Island

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  • Day 25 – Cape Rokko to Noto-jima Island
  • Distance: 112km
  • Ascent / descent: 1093m / 1089m
  • Weather: sunny and hot
  • Accommodation: camped on Noto jima island at RV park, ¥1,500

There were voices walking past me and lights shining on my tent throughout the night so I didn’t sleep well – it was also absolutely freezing. I was awake at 3:30am so I packed up my soaking wet tent and left by 4:15am in the dark. I was sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye to Kawasaki-san but hoped he would pass me during the day and we could chat again. 

I used my headlamp to light the road until it got light and although I thought I would watch the sunrise from the nearby Rokko lighthouse, when I got to the Michi-no-eki opposite, it had no hot coffee available and I was frozen to the bone. So I kept going, searching for a vending machine with hot coffee, at the time this made sense but I would come to regret this decision! A few minutes later I came to a port that was busy with fisherman bringing in their catch and I found hot coffee so I sat there and warmed up while chatting to the fisherman and watching the sunrise. 

Sunrise at Cape Rokko, Noto Peninsula

Sunrise at Cape Rokko, Noto Peninsula

A fisherman at sunrise at Cape Rokko, Noto Peninsula

A fisherman at sunrise at Cape Rokko, Noto Peninsula

Sunrise at Cape Rokko, Noto Peninsula

Sunrise at Cape Rokko, Noto Peninsula

I arrived at the next Michi-no-eki in Suzunari around 6ish and set about drying my tent and charging some electronics. I was still there when it opened at 8:30am and I met the same couple again that I had now seen everyday for the past three days. We had another good chat then I decided to book a campsite for tonight so I wouldn’t feel so on edge and would hopefully sleep well. Ridiculously though, I booked a campsite quite far away which meant the day became mostly about feeling the pressure of having to get there before the reception closed.

A hazy view of the incredible Tateyama mountain range across the sea

A hazy view of the incredible Tateyama mountain range across the sea

Mitsukejima had a fantastic camp site for ¥1500 that I wished I had stayed at and would love to stay there with a view of the sea and Mitsukejima island – it would be great at sunset. I walked out along the rocks as far as I could go.

Mitsukejima island, Noto Peninsula

Mitsukejima island, Noto Peninsula

Mitsukejima island

Mitsukejima island

I passed a sake brewery so I popped in to buy some local sake. I couldn’t taste any because you have to have zero alcohol on a bike or car (fair enough), so I just asked for their recommendation for a small bottle. I continued on and bought lunch from Noto Pain bakery on the coastal highway, which was delicious!

I passed a sake brewery so I decided to buy a small bottle of sake for nightcaps in my tent :)

I passed a sake brewery so I decided to buy a small bottle of sake for nightcaps in my tent 🙂

A sacred island

A sacred island

Sakura!!

Sakura!!

Sakura!!

Sakura!!

Sakura!!

Sakura!!

Sakura!!

Sakura!!

A fishing platform, Noto Peninsula

A fishing platform, Noto Peninsula

I had to cross this bridge (called twin bridge Noto) to get to Noto-jima Island

I had to cross this bridge (called twin bridge Noto) to get to Noto-jima Island

It was a hard push to get to the campsite on Noto jima by 6:30pm and I really wished I hadn’t booked it, I passed so many places that I could’ve camped for free!

I arrived at 6:28pm and was shown to a site on lawn amongst rice paddies with maybe 10 other groups camped in tents and caravans. It cost ¥1,500 which is cheap I guess but pit toilets, mosquitoes and no views so again I was wondering why I booked this and made myself cycle so far! There was an onsen 3km away (Hokkori onsen) so after setting up, I rode to the onsen in the dark and had a good soak, then dinner at the onsite restaurant before cycling back. Having an onsen before sleeping in the tent is making such a difference for my body temperature and rather than shivering throughout the night,I’ve been managing to keep warm and sleep.

My campsite at the RV park on Noto-jima island

My campsite at the RV park on Noto-jima island

Jb25 - elevation profile from Garmin connect

Jb25 – elevation profile from Garmin connect

Jb25 - google map from Garmin Connect

Jb25 – google map from Garmin Connect

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6 responses to “Cycling Japan – day 25 – Cape Rokko to Noto-jima Island

  1. Always a pleasure to ride about your journey day by day 🙂

    I’ve just a quick question: what’s the model of your saddle? Did you find it comfortable during the journey? Any particular pain in ischial bones or something?:)

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    • The saddle is just what came with the bike and my bum still hurts each day! 😉 I read a lot about Brooks saddles but apparently they need time to wear into so I didn’t get one but I probably will when I get home.

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      • Oh ok, I thought you had planned your saddle selection in advance eheh. I’m choosing my new saddle, with the folding bike japan touring I told you in mind, and was looking for advices….even if at the end I read everywhere it’s soo personal that the only choice is measuring your seat bones lenght, fix your position and look for the saddle it fits you the most 😀

        (Trying the SMP TRK/Touring saddles right now, I’ll let you know how they perform after some mileage if you want :D)

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