Experience the beauty of Japan's geothermal hot springs and unique cultural heritage.
When in season, ride past the revered Sakura blossoms
Visit shrines and temples that have been around for thousands of years
Savor this cuisine that is loved all over the world
Relax in Beppu's hot springs and
If in season, relish the annual blooming of these quintessential flowers
You'll be fascinated by the unique cultural differences that make Japan special.

Kyushu Onsen to Onsen

6 days
Site savings
$2,425 USD

The tour group meets in well-connected Fukuoka, from which you'll quickly head out with a ride along the Chikugo River to an Edo-era town. After climbing up the only significant hill on this trip, there is a leisurely descent to the town of Usa, followed by a visit to a Shinto shrine dating back to 708. Now it's time to ride around the conical 731 m-high (2398 ft) Mt. Futago volcano, which has 28 ravines extending radially from its centre. Cycling around the perimeter avoids a somewhat daunting climb and provides the opportunity to explore the beaches, ports, and hidden temples in the forest. This area is also very rural and known for producing scallions, leeks, tomatoes and prized kabosu limes.

  • Category
    Easy-going & Leisurely
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    147.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    37.3 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    6 days
  • Main Destination
  • Distance
    147.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    37.3 miles
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Meet up and dinner in Fukuoka

    Meet in Fukuoka, Japan's sixth-largest city for a welcome dinner and trip briefing.

    • Hakata Green Hotel
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2A history lesson and an easy-paced first day in the saddle

    The day starts with a short transfer to visit Kyushu National Museum and learn about the history of today's journey. Cycling starts in Dazaifu; today there will be visits to shrine and temple before arriving in the hot spring resort and Edo-era merchant town of Hida.

    • 31.5 miles
    • 101.7 ft
      1,794.6 ft
      1,692.9 ft
    • Sanyoukan Ryokan
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Climb Oishitoge Pass

    Today's ride has a change in the terrain with a bit of a climb, slowly making the way up to Oishitoge Pass (475 m (1558 ft)). But you'll be rewarded with a terrific downhill to the town of Usa.

    • 39.6 miles
    • -229.7 ft
      2,165.4 ft
      2,395 ft
    • Kanponosato Usa
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Mount Futago and a ride along the water

    Start off with a nice warm-up on the flat before climbing up Mount Futago on the Kunisaki Peninsula. The way down offers a chance to visit one of the oldest wooden temples in Japan. The last leg of today's ride is a cycle along past beaches and ports to arrive at the ryokan, its onsen overlooking the blue sea view from the hotel.

    • 35.6 miles
    • -16.4 ft
      3,851.7 ft
      3,868.1 ft
    • Kaikisou Ryokan
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  5. Day 5Kitsuki Castle and the Beppu hot springs

    Today's ride heads inland to avoid busy roads on the way to the town of Kitsuki, where you'll find well-preserved samurai districts and Kitsuki Castle. The tour ends in Japan's most famous hot spring resorts at Beppu town.

    • 30.7 miles
    • 13.1 ft
      1,732.3 ft
      1,719.2 ft
    • Kamenoi Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  6. Day 6Goodbyes

    Transfer to Oita Airport for your onward flight, choose to extend your stay in Beppu, or head back to Fukuoka.

    • Breakfast