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Why Book With Us?

  • Small cycle groups
  • Hand-picked Cycle Tours & Activities
  • Family Run Business
  • 8 Days
  • 10 People Per Tour
  • Fitness Level: 1
  • Fully Supported E-Bike Tour
  • 290 km
  • Kagoshima to Kagoshima

Southern Japan Ebike Tour - discover the land of volcanos and cherry blossom

Experience a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural richness as you explore southern Japan by bike. Travelling in the spring gives us the best possible chance to experience the natural wonder of the Sakura (cherry blossom) which the Kagoshima prefecture is renowned for. With vast landscapes and dramatically fewer tourists than further north, this cycle tour allows you to experience a more authentic Japan. We will embrace luxurious accommodations but enjoy cycling with an off the beaten track feel.

From Kagoshima, Japan’s southernmost major city in the Kyushu region, you will enjoy quiet back roads and excellent cycle paths. Exploring a mix of pristine coastline, traditional villages, lush forests and renowned tea producing areas. Be immersed in Japanese history at the ruins of Chiran Samurai District and staying in traditional Ryokan.

This tour has been designed for everyone, whether you are a regular biker or not, to enjoy. Utilising electric bikes means you can choose how challenging your ride each day will be. Evenings will be spent in luxurious accommodations, from high end hotels to beautifully presented Ryokans. And don’t forget the food … it will be a culinary journey to remember, sampling delicious traditional and contemporary meals throughout the tour. 

Tour Highlights - Southern Japan Ebike Tour

Departure & Return Location

Start and Finish: Kagoshima City

Price Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per tour itinerary
  • One New Zealand based tour leader
  • Local interpreter and driver
  • Support vehicle
  • All ferry transfers
  • Entry To: Pottery Studio, Chiran Samurai residence & Kamikaze Museum, green tea factory, sand baths and distillery tour

Optional Extras

  • Electric Bike Hire: $750

Price Excludes

  • Airfares, visas, or airport taxes
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Some meals as per the detailed itinerary
  • Personal vaccinations or personal equipment

Solo Travellers - Single Supplement

  • NO Single Supplement! If you are traveling on your own, we will pair you with another single biker of the same gender to share a twin room.
  • If you don't wish to share that's fine too, a single supplement will apply. NZD$800

Itinerary - Southern Japan Ebike Tour - Kagoshima

The daily riding distances listed below are the maximum we plan to ride each day. Our support vehicle is always close by if you would like a break from the saddle.

Day 1: Arrive in Kagoshima

Meet with your fellow bikers and tour leaders at the luxurious Shiroyama hotel in Kagoshima. (Don’t miss the incredible roof top Onsen). Starting with our pre departure meeting, then a bike fit and set up session. This evening is our first meal together, immersing ourselves in the local flavours and embracing the vibrant atmosphere of Kagoshima. 

With its palm tree-lined streets, mild climate, and the magnificent presence of Mount Sakurajima, Kagoshima truly captures a unique charm. The city’s lively streets and passionate locals contribute to its captivating allure.

Meals Inc: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel 

Day 2: Cycle from Kagoshima to Fukiage

Embark on a cycling expedition from Kagoshima city, venturing through scenic mountains, meandering rivers, and eventually reaching the pristine coastline and picturesque beaches of Fukiage. Along the way, you will detour to explore a rustic pottery studio nestled in the mountains. Tonight, you will stay at a charming ryokan known for its rejuvenating hot springs.

Cycling Distance: 50 km

Meals Inc: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn)

Day 3: Cycle from Fukiage to Chiran

Pedalling along tranquil paths, you will roll towards the renowned tea-producing town of Chiran.
Immerse yourself in history as you explore the well- preserved Chiran Samurai Residence, offering a glimpse into the lives of ancient samurai warriors and visit the Kamikaze Museum, dedicated to preserving the memory and stories of the kamikaze pilots.

Cycling Distance: 40 km

Meals Inc: Breakfast

Accommodation: Minshuku (Family run/ Guesthouse)

 

Day 4: Cycle from Chiran to Eibandokoro

You will trace the gentle curves of the river on your ride today, surrounded by the lush foliage of green tea fields. Paying a fascinating visit to a green tea factory, allows you to witness the meticulous tea-making process firsthand. After lunch it is a stunning pedal along the coastline. You will be treated to mesmerizing views, until you arrive at a seaside Ryokan where a mouth-watering dinner awaits.

Cycling Distance: 50 km

Meals Inc: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn)

Day 5: Cycle from Eibandokoro to Ibusuki

You continue to experience the breathtaking beauty of green tea fields as you pedal through picturesque landscapes, with the glistening sea serving as a backdrop while encircling the majestic Mt. Kaimon. Journey along the scenic coastline, savouring the views. Staying in the Onsen town Ibusuki tonight, here is the perfect opportunity to kick back, relax and experience dark sand bathing (or suna-mushi).

Cycling Distance: 50 km

Meals Inc: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn)

Day 6: Cycle from Ibusuki to Kanoya

The day begins with a ferry to the Osumi Peninsula. Riding along the coast then onto quiet mountain roads. You will plan to regroup near Kamikawa Falls. Take a short hike to view the waterfall from above, or perhaps a cooling swim is more your style?!

Imo shochu is Kyushu’s traditional Japanese distilled spirit, made from fermented and distilled sweet potatoes. A quick stop along the way today means you get to tour one of the historical distilleries.

Cycling Distance: 45 km

Meals Inc: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Cycle from Kanoya to Kagoshima

Prepare for an exhilarating cycling adventure as you conquer the iconic volcano, Sakurajima, one of the region’s most famous landmarks. Pedal through its awe-inspiring landscapes, witnessing the raw power of occasional (and heavily monitored) eruptions that continue to captivate visitors. Your journey concludes with a memorable ferry ride back to the starting point, where we will celebrate your cycling achievement with an evening of festivities.

Cycling Distance: 55 km

Meals Inc: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8: Farewell

Our last breakfast together marks the end of your tour. Time to say farewell and depart for home, or perhaps you will stay on a little longer and have your own adventure! 

Meals Inc: Breakfast

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The biking lowdown

The biking includes rides between 40 km & 55 km on paved surfaces. We use quiet back roads and Japan’s excellent network of cycle paths, for the majority of the tour. The terrain is gently rolling with some hills. The biggest day has a total ascent of 700m spread over the whole day. 

This is a fully supported cycle tour, there will be one crew riding sweep to provide mechanical or medical support if required. Plus, a driver with our trusty support vehicle going ahead. Snacks and water are on board the vehicle for refills during your ride.

How fit do I need to be for this cycle tour?

Please do read about the daily riding distances in the itinerary and prepare accordingly. The more prepared you are the more you will enjoy your adventure!

Your preparations should involve:

Getting comfortable riding 2-3 times a week with regular rides of 20 – 30 km in length.
Riding on paved surfaces
Some hills

Please do contact us if you would like some help with a detailed training plan.

What type of bikes do we ride?

This cycle tour is an electric bike tour, we will be using hybrid electric bikes, (good allrounders not specifically for road or mountain), with flat handlebars and narrow tyres, perfect for rolling on smooth surfaces. You will have one battery per day and be able to recharge every night.

We hire two types of E bikes to make up the fleet, with multiple size and set up options to suit all rider heights. 

Giant ESCAPE R E+ 

 

Panasonic Jetter

What kind of meals do you provide?

Your tour leaders will take care of your meals and snacks throughout your adventure with us. This excludes all lunches and two evening meals which are at your own cost to give you the opportunity to explore eating options of your own choosing. We are most definitely able to cater for vegetarians and special diets and if this includes you, it is essential to advise us of this before your tour begins, so that the support vehicle can be stocked with the necessary supplies. Typical meals include:

  • Breakfasts – mostly buffet style, continental and cooked breakfasts available. You will also
    get the chance to sample a traditional Japanese breakfast.
  • Lunches – at own cost, your crew will have recommendations each day, or do your own thing, go exploring!
  • Evening Meals – included dinners will generally be a set menu where you can choose from a few options, they tend to be multi course and at our accommodation. On the nights at own cost your
    crew can help to recommend some options.

What kind of accommodation can I expect

All accommodation for the duration of your tour is included. For this tour we have made the most of Japan’s incredible accommodation options and warm hospitality, staying in luxurious Japanese hotels when we are in towns and beautifully appointed traditional Ryokan when we are in smaller villages. 

Singles: We do not charge a single supplement! 
If you are traveling on your own, we will pair you with another single biker of the same gender to share a twin room.  If you do not wish to share, that is fine too, but a single supplement will apply!

What is the maximum size of the cycle group

This trip has 8 – 10 guests, plus one experienced Escape Adventures guide and a local interpreter/ driver.