Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour

Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour

Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour


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Hike and bike your way through the island of Kyushu

Enjoy outdoor activities in Takachiho, where people live in a deep valley carved by the powers of nature.

Hiking along Kiritachigoe, an ancient path in the central mountains of Kyushu used by locals for many years.

Cycle around Mount Aso, a daunting active volcano with palpable energy.

Explore Satoyama, where you can see how people live connected to nature in a mountain area surrounding a caldera.

On the Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour, you’ll enjoy the wonderful natural scenery of Kyushu through hiking and cycling. Here, locals live by utilizing nature, and you’ll experience their way of life by cooking together and following their trails. The setting for your trip is Mount Aso, one of the world's largest active volcanoes and a dominating peak in central Kyushu. A large eruption in ancient times created a caldera 18 km east to west and 25 km north to south. The eruption reached Takachiho at the foot of the central Kyushu mountain range, where a deep valley was created. Still active to this day, this volcano makes us keenly aware of the overwhelming power of mother earth. In this tour, you will experience both the lives of the people of Aso, who cultivate the volcanic caldera, and the lives of people in Takachiho, who carry on Japanese myths as they live in harmony with the deep mountains and valleys.

The ideal blend of activity and cultural discovery, the Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour is a must-do!

Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and Briefing in Takachiho

Meet at Kumamoto Airport and drive to Takachiho by minibus. During the drive, you will stop at a spot overlooking Mount Aso. If you need outdoor gear, you can buy or rent it at specialty stores.

In addition to the beauty of the deep gorge created by lava from Mount Aso, Takachiho is also famous as a mythological place. It is where the ancestors of the Japanese emperor supposedly descended from heaven, and Takachiho is often mentioned in many surviving Japanese myths.

You’ll check in to the hotel early in the evening, so you’re free to visit the mythological sites if you wish.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Takachiho

Day 2 Guided Walk Tour in Takachiho Gorge & Bamboo Chicken

On this day, you’ll see the deep Takachiho Gorge and how people live there. You’ll walk along a nature trail in the deep valley and then enjoy outdoor cooking. You’ll be making “chicken cooked in green bamboo,” a Takachiho specialty.

After lunch, head for the goal while looking at the terraced rice paddies and tea fields that efficiently use the land of shrines and narrow valleys, which are the heart and soul of local residents. Once the tour ends, it’s dinnertime. You’ll see the Yokagura, a song and dance passed down from antiquity.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Takachiho
8km, 7 hours, 505 ft of ascent
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Guided Hiking along the Kiritachigoe Long Trail

On this day, you’ll walk an ancient path that kept people living deep in the mountains alive. With a legendary local guide, you’ll walk about 16 km (9.9 miles) on the mountain path for 8 hours.

You’ll leave the hotel before dawn and see the headwaters of the river that carved the Takachiho Gorge, which you saw yesterday, and head to the starting point.

On a sunny day, you can see many high peaks in Kyushu in the distance from the starting point. As you see a natural forest thick with massive beech trees and rare plants particular to this limestone area, you’ll hear anecdotes regarding this “pack horse” path on which goods were transported on horseback long ago. A highlight is Mount Ogi at a height of 1,661m (5,450 feet) above sea level, which you’ll see near the end of the hike.

After descending the mountain and leaving Takachiho, you’ll finally enter the caldera. Relieve your fatigue in the hot springs and rest.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aso
16km, 8 hours, 1,085 ft of ascent
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Cycling Journey of Minamioguni Satoyama

On this day, you will experience how people live in the exceptional back hills created by Mount Aso’s caldera. The starting point is a high plateau at a height of 900m (2,952 feet) above sea level atop the outer rim of Mount Aso overlooking the mountain. From here, Mount Aso looks like the sleeping Buddha, which is why it is known as “Sleeping Buddha.”

Enjoy today’s cycling since it is downhill. Watch the cows graze as you enjoy traveling through the grasslands and back hills. In a place the owner carved out from the back hills himself, you’ll enjoy the blessings of nature by harvesting fresh vegetables with locals and cooking on a kitchen furnace.

Afterward, cycle through the quiet town, leave the bicycles, and visit a shiitake farmer who uses nature’s bounty to cultivate shiitake mushrooms on logs. After you hear about unique, traditional methods of production from an enthusiastic young business owner, you’ll harvest and sample flavorful shiitake mushrooms.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aso
16km, 6 hours, 1,476 ft of ascent
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Adventure Cycling in Aso & the Volcanic Cone

This day will be an important day to experience the power of Mount Aso, which continues to spew smoke. Start at Aso Station, which is at a height of 523m (1,715 feet) above sea level and which is the gateway to Mount Aso. You will take e-bikes all the way up to Nakadake Crater at a height of 1,258m (4,127 feet) above sea level. Cycling the grassland trail is a special cycling experience since it is normally closed. Still spewing smoke, Nakadake Crater is a sight to behold. Cycling will continue after lunch. Near Komekura, a small volcanic cone, you will explore the lava tunnels that were naturally formed when lava flowed long ago while looking out over verdant grasslands.

Conclude the tour with a cycle of 32 km (19.9 miles) in 7 hours, reaching a height of 780m (2,559 feet). The final dinner will be a barbecue in the hotel garden, which is a famed site of spiritual energy.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aso
32km, 7 hours, 2,559 ft of ascent
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Farewell Breakfast & Transfer to airport

After a goodby breakfast, you’ll drive to Kumamoto Airport. Have a safe journey home!

Overnight Location

Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Kyushu is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the type of the room that you choose.

The prices below are per person.

  • Guided groups of 4+: $2,695USD per person
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Accommodation on the Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour Trek

This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2 and 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have access to amenities such as hot tubs, pools, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Solest Takachiho Hotel

This sleek, modern hotel is super calming. Enjoy the hot tub, the restaurant, and the modern amenities. You can sleep tight with blackout blinds in the rooms, too.

Night 2

Hotel Forestpia

Nestled into the trees, this hotel offers free WiFi and a good restaurant. The setting is quite idyllic.

Aso Plaza Hotel

Very spacious, clean rooms are done in modern Japanese style at this hotel. Relax in the sauna or take a swim in the pool.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour?


5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, and snacks are included.


Accommodations for 5 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included in the tour. This does not include your flights but you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to Sapporo at no additional cost.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • All activity fees as described in the itinerary
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • First aid kit
  • Safety equipment and maps
  • A helmet and gloves when cycling

Not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expense
  • All transport not described in the itinerary
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not previously mentioned
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades where available

Frequenty Asked Questions about Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour

How hard is the Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You will be cycling and hiking 6-8 hours some days, but most of the terrain is relaxed and there are breaks and non-active days mixed in. A good level of fitness is recommended.

Do I need a visa to travel to Japan?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour?

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, and snacks are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking and cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Kumamoto to start this tour?

Fly into Kumamoto Airport (KMJ) where you will be greeted and from where you’ll be transferred to the starting point of the tour.

Is the Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the Kyushu Hiking and Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends with a transfer to Sapporo, where you can depart from.

Do I need to bring cash?

It is essential to bring cash in Japanese yen. Small restaurants and shops in rural parts of Japan do not accept credit cards. You can withdraw cash from an ATM at the post office.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Japan?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Japan?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.


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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You will be cycling and hiking 6-8 hours some days, but most of the terrain is relaxed and there are breaks and non-active days mixed in. A good level of fitness is recommended.

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