B & R Day 1: HND->NTQ, 32.4 bike miles, Fukushoji Temple, Shiroyone Senmaida, Noto No Sho Ryokan|
We had a lovely breakfast at the Grand Hyatt (great fresh fruit) then met our
Butterfield & Robinson
Anthony and Cindy
and our fellow riders in the lobby.
We took a short bus ride to
Haneda Airport (HND)
and left on ANA flight #747 at 10:15 a.m. for the 1 hour flight to
Noto Airport (NTQ)
We configured our bicycles and girded ourselves for the cool, drizzly weather and set off at just about noon
for our ride through the verdant hills abundant with abundant rice paddies, azaleas, and black tiled roofs.
At about 1:30 p.m. (13.7 miles) we stopped for an arranged lunch
at the ~500 year old (and very ornate) Buddhist
where we had a traditional vegetarian Japanse meal.
Everyone was cold and wet, so we spent a lot of time huddled around kerosene space heaters to dry off and warm up!
We set out after lunch and braved headwinds as we arrived at the coast --
beautiful and blustery -- a bit like the coast of Oregon.
We stopped to admire the terraced rice paddies at
and then rode the last ~4 miles to our home for the next two evenings:
Noto No Sho Ryokan
Ono-machi, Wajima-shi, Ishikawa-ken
We had a traditional Japanese-style room overlooking the ocean, and our hostess explained all the intracacies
of traditional Japanese dress and served us a tiny snack of sweets and green tea.
Then it was time to dress in our
yukata (informal kimono)
and went to the
(baths fed by volcanic hot springs and segregated by gender) to wash.
This onsen is supposed to have the most alkaline waters in all Japan.
Then it was back to our rooms for a bit and then over to the banquet room for dinner
(everyone still dressed in their yukata).
We had a lovely long
dinner accompanied by simple beer and sake.
It was fun to
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