Industrial Heritage and Hot Springs Course
Enjoy both the history and nature of northern Kyushu, and heal the fatigue of your trip at one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts.
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.
For the first day of our adventure, we travel via ferry to a beautiful island called Shikanoshima, which is connected to the mainland via earth bridge. Once we reach Shikanoshima we head east and make our way through to the Munakata area, which houses a grand shrine called Munakata Taisha. Once we reach our accommodation, we can relax from our first day of adventure.
Our second day has us continue east through the Kita Kyushu area. Kitakyushu is known to be the source of Japan’s Industrial Revolution as well as one of Japan main shipyards, showing how Fukuoka stays connected with the ocean. Headin further east, we have a brief stop by Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Shimonoseki before the call it a day at the eastern edge of Fukuoka Prefecture.
The day starts with a train ride, crossing into Oita Prefecture and reaching Usa Town, a town housing Usa Jingu, a special shrine represents the balance between Japan’s two most prominent religions, Shintoism and Buddhism. We cut through the Kunisaki Peninsula and ride along the eastern edge of the peninsula where we follow the road to Beppu, Japan’s Onsen (hot spring) Capital, where we will retire for the day in the famous onsen of the Beppu area.
Today is all about the mountains, as we climb into the center of the Kyushu area. We ride along the Yamanami Highway, where we will pass through the Yufu region, known for fantastic mountin onsen (hot springs) and continue our climb in the Kuju Mountains. From the Kuju mountains we decend into the Kurokawa area, where ancient samurai used to frequent. We have the chance heal in the onsen of this area much like the samurai did hundreds of years ago.
From Kurokawa we head west and descend into Oita Prefecture once again. We find ourselves near Hita, one of the sunniest places in all of Kyushu, with its name literally meaning “The Field of the Sun”. From the Hita area we cross into Fukuoka Prefecture via beautiful mountain roads and reach our accommodation where we can enjoy so well-deserved rest.
Our last day has us going to Kurume, and town known for its indigo lacquerware. The roads hugging the rivers that flow through Kurume are beautiful and once we arrive in Kurume we have the chance to taste some of it’s famous ramen. After lunch we get on the cycle train and make our way to the heart of Fukuoka City, where we will prepare for the night’s festivities.
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