Island Hopping Course
Cycle along the beautiful coastline on the west side of northern Kyushu.
Depart from home and arrive at Fukuoka International Airport (FUK) that afternoon. After arrival, move to the hotel and spend a relaxing time preparing for cycling from the next day.
Our first day has us riding Fukuoka’s cycle train to Omuta Town, where we will ride to Nagasu, a quiet town known for it’s goldfish. WE ride the Nagasu Ferry into Nagasaki Prefecture’s Shimabara where we set our eyes onto Mt. Unzen, a volcano known to be where the gods gather. Once we conquer the Mt. Unzen climb, we can relax in Unzen’s famous hot springs and call it a day.
Today we descend Mt. Unzen and once we reach the bottom, we will use the cycle train once again to reach the town of Isahaya. From Isahaya we continue west on our bikes until we reach Nagasaki City, where we will cat a boat to the Goto Islands, which are about 100 km away from the Japanese mainland. The Goto Islands are a group of five island that have deep ties with the Japanese Hidden Christians. The Island we are going to is Fukue Island and will be the island were we will spend the night.
We wake up a bit early to catch the morning ferry to Kamigoto, our second Goto Island where we will make landfall. Kamigoto is a mountainous island which relies on the ocean as its lifeline. Once re reach the port town of Narao we make our way north to another port town called Arikawa. The terrain provides a good challenge that will take you from mountain paths to coastal roads. We will pass by the beautiful Hamagurihama Beach and ride yet another ferry to our final destination of the day, Sasebo.
The city of Sasebo is where we start our adventure today, known to be Nagasaki’ 2nd largest city and for its delicious burgers. We head north east entering Saga Prefecture, and into the town of Imari, and wonderful pottery town. From Imari we continue our journey north and will find ourselves in the beautiful coastal town of Karatsu, where we will spend the night.
For our final day, we move eastward through Karatsu’s wind swept trees call Niji no Matsubara. We ride the coastal roads where we will pass into Fukuoka Prefecture and arrive in the Itoshima area, a popular place to cycle for the local Japanese cyclists. We continue east into the heart of Fukuoka City where we will reach our accommodation and prepare for a night of festivities.
Please contact us if you would like a group or private tour.