This blog is about travelling through Japan on a foldable bicycle (Brompton) but also by train, ferry, plane, bus or any other transport, if sea, weather, mountains or the like come between me and my desire to ride.
I have tried to summarise information that could be potentially helpful also for other bicycle travellers through Japan, such as list of bicycle roads, helpful web pages etc. Once I start my ride, I will upload the actual routes taken, together with some pictures and description.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Kyushu - possible routes

In Kyushu there are a few major events with limited days availability:
  • Sumo in Fukuoka
  • Yokagura in Takachiho
    • Starting mid November, but not every day (at least not the "real thing")
  • Tanegashima Art festival
  • Nagasaki Gunkanjima may require upfront booking (but no limitation on available days)

While this blog post is about planning a travel by bicycle, JR Kyushu is specially famous for their nice trains and rhe following trains are specially recommended (as per the Rough Guide) most of them require reservation:
  • Hakata - Yufuin - Beppu: Yufuin-no-mori
  • Hakata- Nagasaki: Kamome
  • Hakata - Beppu - Saiki: Sonic (see below travel to Takachiho)
  • Aso Boy
  • Kagoshima - Ibusuki: Ibusuki-no-tamatebako (see below Kagoshima)

Saiki to Takachiho ⇒ 2 days, 0 km
  • Access
  • Train Saiki to Nobeoka, 1 h 
    • Sonic train? 
  • Nobeoka - Takachiho, rental car, 1.5 h
  • Attractions
  • Accommodation
    • Takachiho (or driving down after performance to Miyazaki ?, 2h)
  • Handing car back either at Nobeoka, Miyazaki or Miyakonojo
    • If handing back at Miyazaki, cycle trip to Udo Shrine can be done

Miyazaki - Udo Shrine - Ibii ⇒ 1 day, 60 km (or shorter)
  • See Garmin KYU Miyazaki - Ibii - Udo Jingu
    • Along the coast, according to KANCycling, quite a nice coastal strip
    • relatively flat, with two sharp peaks at about 100m 
    • Train until Ibii is available, so ride can be cut short, about 1 train every hour
      • Ibii - Minami Miyazaki, direct, 40 min, last train 22:21 
      • Ibii - Kagoshima, 1 change, 3 - 4 h, last train 19:51
  • Attractions
  • Accommodation
    • Miyazaki or Kagoshima

Kagoshima - Sakurajima - Ibusuki - Chiran - Ichiki (or Sendai) ⇒  3 days, 106  - 114 km
  • Day 1 - Sakurajima  ⇒ 1 day, 36 km
    • Access 
      • Ferry from Kagoshima
        • runs every 15 min in daytime, 24/7
    • See Garmin KYU Sakurajima
      • Quite some up and down, 1 x 100 m, 3 x 80 m, 5 x 50 m
      • Last 8 km are flat
    • Attractions
    • Accommodation
      • Kagoshima
  • Day 2 & 3 (or 3/4 depending on excursion to Tanegashima, see below) - Kagoshima - Ibusuki - Chiran - Ichiki (or until Sendai shinkansen station) ⇒ 2 days,  90 km (or more/less)
    • Access
      • Ibusuki-no-tamatebako train, 3 daily, all reserved seats, 1 h 
    • See Garmin KYKYU Ibusuki - Ichiki
      • Quite some up and down
      • highest about 200 m
      • could be cut slightly short by taking train from Ibusuki to Ishikaki (50 - 60 min)
      • could also be extended from Ichiki to Sendai (18 km)
    • Attractions
      • Train ride to Ibusuki
      • Ibusuki (onsen & sand baths)
      • Chiran (samurai village)
    • Accommodation
      • Chiran ??? (not sure that there is one, but there seems to be one Airbnb not too far)
    • Access
      • Ichiki to Kumamoto, 1 change, 1:15 h, including Shinkansen
      • Sendai to Kumamoto, direct, 45 min, shinkansen

Excursion from Kagoshima to Tanegashima ⇒ 1 - 2 days, 120 km (possibly better to find a bus or car)
  • Access
  • See Garmin KYU Tanegashima 
    • From 0 to 300 m and also more hills
  • Attractions 
  • Accommodation
    • Kagoshima
      • If by car, possibly as a day trip from Kagoshima by jet foil
    • Or Tanegashima

Kumamoto - Nagasaki ⇒ 1 + 2 days,  85 km (or less)
  • Access
    • e.g. by Shinkansen from Kagoshima, Fukuoka or Sendai
  • See Garmin KYU Kumamoto station - harbour, 13 km
    • flat
    • By ferry to Shimabara, 30 min, 6 - 7 per day
  • See Garmin KYU Shimabara - Nagasaki, 71 km 
    • one peak at 300 m just prior to Nagasaki (can be avoided by train), 1 x 50 m, the rest is flat
    • multiple possibilities to cut short 
  • Attractions (Nagasaki)
    • Landscape around Shimabara
    • Nagasaki
      • A-bomb museum
      • Dejima
      • Gunkanjima (may require ahead booking)  (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Accommodation
    • Nagasaki, 3 nights?

Nagasaki - Fukuoka ⇒ 3 + 1 days, 177 km (or less)
  • See Garmin KYU Nagasaki - Fukuoka 
    • 300 m right after Nagasaki, afterwards practically flat
    • Can be shortened in multiple locations taking a train
  • Attractions
  • Accommodation
    • multiple cities on the route

North of Fukuoka ⇒ 2 - 3 days, 85 km (or less)

Here the link to the actual rides I did in Kyushu.

Other possible cycle routes in Kyushu



Other possible attractions in Kyushu 
  • Attractions (Oita)

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