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 your fellow cyclists at tonight's welcome dinner.
Your first stop today is the 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 bikes 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.
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 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.
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, one 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.
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 most 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.