From forests to castles and Buddhist temples, Kyushu is a true undiscovered gem of Japan. Combining the coast and rural land, you'll see the beauty of Japan. We'll meet in Fukuoka and cycle along the Chikugo River with the occasional hill. Cyling around the volcanic Mount Futago, we'll discover some of the most unspoiled pawa spottos (spiritual places) along the way. Take a break in the hotel's onsen, hot springs from the mountains and a true Japanese staple.
Departure Dates: 9 April - 14 April 2018 7 May - 12 May 2018 11 June - 16 June 2018 2 July - 7 July 2018 13 August - 18 August 2018 3 September - 8 September 2018 8 October - 13 October 2018
Meet in Fukuota, Kyushu's most populated city. The hotel is located a few minutes walk from Hakata train station, which can be reached by a 6 minute train from the airport. Get to know ...Show Moreyour fellow cyclists at tonight's welcome dinner.
DAY 2Fukuoka - Hita
Your first Japanese point of interest? The Kyushu National Museum, where you can learn about the history of the places we'll visit over the next few days. Following on, it's time to get on our bi...Show Morekes and start cycling to the Tenmangu Shrine and Komyozen-ji, a temple, then onto a hot spring resort and Edo-era Hida, a merchant town.
Today's cycling is approximately 51km.
DAY 3Hita - Usa
A change of scenery is in place, along with a small climb of 390m spread over 10km to the top of the Oishitoge Pass (475m). The descent will take us to Usa, where the Shinto Shrine...Show More lies. We'll have views of traditional Japanese landscapes, such as the thatched Kurehashi bridge and Usa-jingu, chief shrine of 40,000 others, which is surrounded by a wood and river.
Today's cycling is approximately 64km.
DAY 4Mae Taeng - Doi Saket
Today the ascent along the Kinisaki Peninsula to Mount Futago commences! The descent of this 720m ascent is sprinkled with temples. We'll look inside Fuki-ji, an 11th century wooden temple, ...Show Moreone of the oldest in Japan. As the decline continues we'll pass numerous other temples as well as beaches and ports until we reach Kinisaki, where you can relax in the hotel onsen, overlooking the sea.
Today's cycling is approximately 57km.
DAY 5Kunisaki - Beppu
The route to Kitsuki, en route to Beppu is one of beauty, as we cross streams, neighbourhoods and visit the smallest castle in Japan, Kitsuki Castle. When we reach Buppa you can relax in Japan's ...Show Moremost famous hot spring resort or take a bath, whether it's a steam bath, mud bath, sand bath or hot water bath Buppa has it! Tonight there will be a farewell dinner.
Today's cycling is approximately 49km.
After breakfast, it's time to depart after an incredible trip.
Your trip will include all meals which consist of fresh, local cuisine but arrangements can be made if you have any particular dietary requirements. Bottled water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days.
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team.
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through Japan and it is equipped with water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know.
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.