Kyushu Onsen to Onsen

Day 1 Arrive in Fukuoka

We meet in Fukuoka, the most populous city in Kyushu island and Japan's sixth largest city. Our hotel is very easy to find as it is near the Hakata train station, which is a 6-minute train ride from the airport. We meet you at the hotel for a welcome dinner of traditional food and trip briefing in the evening.

Hakata Green Hotel

Day 2 Fukuoka - Dazaifu - Hita

After breakfast, we transfer out of buzzing Fukuoka and to Dazaifu where you can visit the Kyushu National Museum and learn about the history of where you'll be cycling. It's then time to get on the bikes and ride by the Tenmangu Shrine and Komyozen-ji, a Zen temple built during the Kamakura period and famous for its stone garden. Then our leisurely riding is along the Chikugo River, our companion today as we cross over it numerous times. A flat and smooth ride will take us to the hot spring resort and Edo-era merchant town of Hita. We explore the merchant pavilions of Mameda Town, once the Crown of the Edo Shogunate before we gather for dinner.

Sanyoukan Ryokan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 51km

Day 3 Hita - Usa

Today, we change terrain and have a bit of a climb, a 390-m ascent over 10 km, a nice gradual grade to the top of Oishitoge Pass (475 m). But what goes up, must come down, and we enjoy a terrific downhill to the town of Usa, home to a famous Shinto shrine. The sprawling, wooded, and water-crossed Usa-jingū dates back some 1,200 years and is the chief shrine among some 40,000 in Japan dedicated to the warrior-god Hachiman. The unique Kurehashi Bridge with a thatched roof is particularly picturesque, so be sure to have your camera handy.

Kanponosato Usa
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 64km

Day 4 Usa - Kunisaki

We begin our circumnavigation of 720-m tall Mount Futago on the Kunisaki Peninsula, which juts out into the Seto Inland Sea. The peninsula is dotted with temples, including many small and rustic ones. Our first stop will be the revered 11th-century Tendai Temple of Fuki-ji in Bungo-takada, the oldest wooden structure in Kyūshū and one of the oldest wooden temples in Japan. Inside the main hall are colourful pictures portraying various themes of the Buddha, indicating the fervent Buddhist worship among the believers at this temple. We then back track for a few kilometres and soon find ourselves near the sea, passing beaches, ports, and numerous other shrines on our way to the town of Kunisaki. Enjoy the sea views from the onsen at our hotel tonight.

Kaikisou Ryokan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 57km

Day 5 Kunisaki - Beppu

On our way to Beppu, we'll ride inland to avoid the highway, crossing the many streams coming down from Mt. Futago. As we cycle through the town of Kitsuki, we'll see the well-preserved samurai districts and also visit Kitsuki Castle, said to be the smallest castle in Japan. Originally built in 1394, Kitsuki Castle was lost during the Meiji Period but was reconstructed in 1970 and now houses a museum. We end our riding in Beppu, one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, producing more hot spring water than any other resorts in the country. It also has a range of baths to enjoy -- ordinary hot water baths, mud baths, sand baths, and steam baths. In addition, the Hells of Beppu are several spectacular hot springs to view, but not to bathe in. Have a hot soak before we have our last dinner together.

Kamenoi Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 49km

Day 6 Departure

Our tour ends after breakfast. The closest airport is Oita Airport if you are departing, return by train to Fukuoka. or you can choose to extend your trip in Beppu.