At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Breathtaking volcanic landscapes
In true Japanese style, the elements of this trip were formed with intention and each intricate detail weaves together to form a meaningful experience. On Japan’s third-largest island, Kyushu, pedal into lush subtropical landscapes with green tea fields and smoking volcanoes on the horizon. Connect with the fascinating local culture from samurai practice, to mythological stories and ‘power spots’. Talented chefs, brewers, and artisans will bring you closer to deep cultural roots while each stay will show you a new way to relax and rejuvenate.
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Day by Day
Get a feel for your bike as you pedal in a lush park with sweeping views of the Kirishima Mountains. Your journey takes you through lush green tea plantations and ends with a fascinating visit to Kagoshima shrine.
Relish in a challenging ride beyond rice fields and bucolic farmland to reach spectacular landscapes today. Explore an ancient local craft followed by a shrine visit. Tonight, indulge in a vibrant farm-to-table dinner.
Gently pedal along the stunning coastline with views of smoking volcanoes on the horizon. Stop to sample regional delicacies along the way, kurozu (black vinegar) and Shōchū (Distilled potato liquor).
Your ride begins deep in a cedar forest today and brings you to the charming town of Obi. Indulge in a traditional lunch before exploring the rich cultural sites, from castle ruins to samurai houses.
Start your ride from the hotel into the mythological town of Takachiho. Visit Amanoiwato Shrine hidden within the cave walls and later, opt to explore the basalt columns and turquoise waters of Takachiho Gorge.
Ride along the iconic Aso caldera through lush cattle pastures. Revel in breathtaking views of the imposing Mt. Aso peak. Beyond stunning hot springs, reach your final sumptuous stay where a celebratory evening awaits.
After breakfast, we say our goodbyes and head to Kumamoto Airport for your onward travel. Until next time, sayonara!
Explore stunning historical sites
Wasurenosato Gajoen, Kirishima
Tucked away in a quiet hamlet beside a river, this tranquil inn takes you off the beaten path for an unforgettable experience. Thatched cottages are perched on rock and surrounded by lush greenery. Each room has spacious ceilings, traditional decor and a private hot spring bath built from solid rock. Indulge in authentic cuisine prepared with beautiful ingredients from their own farm and garden on the property. As the only R&C property in Kyushu, this is truly a unique stay.
Takachiho Ryokan Shinsen, Takachiho-cho
This ryokan seamlessly blends old traditions with modern luxuries for a unique experience. In your room, enjoy your own artfully groomed private garden along with high-end amenities and furnishings.
KAI Aso, Kusu-gun
This sumptuous hot spring ryokan is pure bliss. This contemporary take on a traditional Japanese inn provides a unique experience inspired by the surrounding landscape. In your spacious private villa, you'll find an outdoor hot spring bath facing onto a stunning forest. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. Aso as you indulge in the delightful cuisine presented by the farm-to-table restaurant.
Nemu no Hana, Nichinan
This eco-luxury lodge is just as charming as the family who owns it. The secluded accommodations are tucked away in a dense garden and face onto the river. Float in both open-air and indoor private hot spring baths as you gaze at the surrounding nature.
What made this so different from our other six B&R trips, was the exposure to an entirely different culture. I loved the food, the ryokans, the baths, and the Japanese hospitality and graciousness.— Perri
The daily distances range from 25-50+ km (16-31 mi.) with longer options available. Most rides have several climbs of 2-4 km, some gradual and some steep, but the B&R van will be there should you need a little boost. The routes have very little traffic as we often travel on roads not frequented by the local population. Road quality is excellent. Of our trips outside Europe, this one offers some of the purest and most beautiful biking. If you are comfortable riding a road bike then we recommend that you do so for this trip.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- All meals as indicated on itinerary
- Domestic flight from Tokyo to Kagoshima on Day 1
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Use of bicycle and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours mentioned in the itinerary
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
On this trip, you can choose between a customized B&R Hybrid Bike with flat bars or a Road Bike with drop bars. For more information on these bikes, see our equipment page. There’s also the option to reserve a Trek Verve+ E-bike in Japan. It features four power levels, 9 speeds, hydraulic disc brakes and up to 120 km (80 miles) of battery life (additional cost & limited quantity available). We also equip you with a handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
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