Type of tour:Guided
Level:3
Duration:6 Nights
Distance:45 Miles/day average
Dates: Nov 9, 2014; Mar 29, Nov 8, 2015 (additional dates available for private groups of 4 or more)
Tour price:US$2195
Start city:Kagoshima, Japan
End city:Nagasaki, Japan
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Rich history, diverse landscapes
South Japan's Kyushu Island

Tour Description: Guided

A visit to south Japan’s Kyushu Island is a pure indulgence for the senses, so come prepared to experience a rich history that dates back centuries and to soak up after a day of cycling in zenlike onsen spas; visit beautiful forests, mountains and sea coasts as well as futuristic architecture and transportation; sample delicious regional cuisine and meet warmhearted and candid Kyushuites.

Let the idiosyncrasies of Japan reveal themselves as our trip takes us from the city of Kumamoto to sultry Kagoshima. We'll cycle along coastal roads where we will pass tiny harbors and fantastic rock formations, terraced rice paddies and palm trees as well as ancient temples and shrines. After seeing the incredible blue green waters you might want to stop at a beach for a dip.

We discover where those old Christians have been hiding on Amakusa island. In Izumi we flush down the hearty farmer’s meal with shochu, southern Kyushu’s typical sweet potato brew. Further south looms Mt Sakurajima volcano; at its foot lies Kagoshima, only separated from the ash spewing giant by narrow Kinko Bay.

Magnificent views on Mt Sakurajima colour our last days, interrupted by one last soak in the unique Furusato temple onsen and a scenic climb up to Ebino Highlands. We have timed the tours to try and catch the cherry blossoms in the spring and the colourful leaves in the fall.

We live in Asia and have thoroughly researched the routes to assure that you see the best scenery and ride the best terrain, be it on road or dirt. We have carefully chosen accommodation that is the best available for the location and offer a good mix, from home stays to luxurious lodges, on our tours. And, we love Asian cuisine, well-known for for its use of fresh ingredients, and will make sure you get to sample lots of it.

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