Type of tour:Guided
Duration:6 Nights
Distance:45 Miles/day average
Dates: Nov 8, 2015; Mar 20, Nov 6, 2016 (minimum 4 participants)
Tour price:US$2425
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 sultry city of Kagoshima to historic Nagasaki. 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.

We set out from Kagoshima at the foot of Mount Sakurajima volcano, which we tour on our first riding day. Magnificent views on Mt Sakurajima also colour our second day, together with a scenic climb up to Kirishima Jingu shrine. In Izumi we flush down the hearty farmer’s meal with shochu, southern Kyushu’s typical sweet potato brew.

Next we discover where those old Christians have been hiding on Amakusa island. After seeing the incredible blue green waters there you might want to stop at a beach for a dip. The tour ends in Madame Butterfly's Nagasaki. We have timed the tours to try and catch the cherry blossoms in the spring and the colourful leaves in the fall.

A note about weather: Japan has a diverse climate. There are four seasons: from April to June is spring. The rainy season is from middle of June to the middle of July. July through end of September can be hot and humid temperatures in the big cities can go as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit/35 degrees Celsius.

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