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Japan Ride

Explore the temples and hot springs (onsen) of Kyushu, Japan’s undiscovered southern island on two wheels. Cycling from west to east across forested green hills, we’ll visit quiet villages to experience local food and fascinating Buddhist traditions.

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Accommodations
Hotels
Trip Length
6 days (4 days cycling)
Total Kilometers (Miles)
240 km (149 miles)
Fundraising Commitment
$4,500
Registration Fee: $250
Group Size
26

The forested slopes of Kyushu’s Kunisaki peninsula feature samurai castles, Buddhist temples, and an iconic volcanic landscape. Many overlook this remote corner of Kyushu, but those who make the effort will discover some of the most undisturbed pawā spotto (spiritual places) in all of Japan.

We meet in the bustling city of Fukuoka and quickly head out with a ride along the Chikugo River to an Edo-era town. After climbing up our only significant hill of the day, we descend to the town of Usa and visit a Shinto shrine dating back to 708. Then ride around the conical 731-m high Mt. Futago volcano that has 28 ravines extending from its center. Cycling around the perimeter allows us to avoid climbing so we can explore the beaches, ports and hidden temples in the forest. This area is also very rural and known for producing scallions, leeks, tomatoes, and prized kabosu limes.

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Before we leave the peninsula, we’ll visit the town of Kitsuki, often referred to as the “little Kyoto” of Kyushu Island. This picturesque town is often used today as backdrops for Japanese movies based in the Edo Period. We’ll go to the historic Samurai district and to Kitsuki Castle, the smallest in Japan. We end our tour in one of Japan’s famous onsens, Beppu. You will see Beppu’s unique hot springs where the water bubbles forth in different manifestations – ruby red water, steamy blue, muddy brown and a geyser that erupts every 35 minutes.

During Climate Ride Japan you will experience powerful traditions, spirituality, and breathtaking beauty. Local environmental experts will provide you with unparalleled access and understanding. You’ll experience stunning bike routes and an unforgettable combination of passion and purpose.

This is a special Climate Ride Funders Trip and the proceeds directly support Climate Ride’s work. Your fundraising on Climate Ride Japan will benefit the programs and efforts of Climate Ride including our community scholarships for young climate leaders. You are helping us grow the organization to become an advocacy powerhouse that engages people in the world of active environmental philanthropy and sustainable solutions. You cannot select from the beneficiary list during registration. All donations are tax-deductible.

Daily cycling mileages to suit all types of cyclists. This is a fully supported ride which means you can focus on pedaling and making connections with your new friends while we take care of everything including overnight details, meals, snacks, luggage transport, and much more to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

Arriving and Departing Information

Please arrive in Fukuoka, Japan on Day 1 at the Dormy Inn Hakata Gion by 4 pm (near the Hakata train station (a 6-minute train ride from the airport).

The event ends in Beppu, Japan after breakfast. The closest airport is Oita Airport or you can return by train to Fukuoka, or you can choose to extend your trip in Beppu.

More specific information will be included in your Ride Guide which you’ll receive after you register.

Accommodations, Single Supplements, and Meals

This is an all-hotel trip. A single supplement may be available if you prefer your own room and there is availability at the hotels (please inquire after you register).  If you sign up as a solo traveler, we will do our best to pair you with a roommate of the same gender.  If we cannot find a roommate, then you will be charged a single supplement fee for the trip.

All meals and snacks are included once we arrive in Japan (excluding alcohol and additional beverages).

If you would like to book pre- or post-trip accommodations at our event hotels, please contact us.

Is my U.S. medical insurance valid while traveling outside the U.S.? Should I get travel insurance?

Travel/supplemental medical insurance on international Climate Ride trips is required. Many domestic health insurance companies do not provide coverage outside of the United States, and before leaving for the event, travelers should speak with their healthcare providers to determine if they will be covered. Several private insurance companies offer short-term travel/medical insurance. Check out Allianz Travel Insurance, World Nomads, or other comparable companies.

Remember, travel insurance can only cover expenses you have paid for (flights, additional hotels, etc.). It cannot cover your fundraising. Be sure to read the fine print on the travel insurance that you buy.

What is included?

Included:

  • Helmets are provided. But if you love yours, we recommend you bring it.
  • English speaking guides
  • Support vehicles
  • 5-night accommodation in double/twin shared rooms
  • Meals
  • All entrance fees
  • Drinks & snacks while cycling

As well, you will have the support of our terrific friends and guides in Japan and your Climate Ride representative, Caeli Quinn.

Not Included:

  • Hybrid bike available for rent for $250. Road Bike rental $350. E-bike rental $425 (limited supply – email immediately to reserve. See bike rental details below).
  • Arrival transfer to hotel
  • Meals other than mentioned in the Ride Guide
  • Additional drinks or alcoholic beverages during meals
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotel porters
  • Single supplement ($425, if needed)
  • Travel/medical Insurance to cover your travel to/from Japan, your pre or post-ride hotel in Japan (if needed), medical incidents not covered by your domestic medical insurance, and other incidentals.
What bikes are available to rent?

Hybrid: Trek FX-3

Road: Trek Domane SL 5 Gen 2., Cannondale Optimo 2 and Cannondale CAAD 8 depend on requested sizes.

E-bike: Specialized Turbo Vado SL and Verve+ 3 Lowstep

Note: for Road and E-bikes, the models will be confirmed based on requested sizes and availability upon receipt of information. 

Fundraising Beneficiaries – Climate Ride

This is a special Climate Ride Funders Trip and the proceeds directly support Climate Ride’s work. Your fundraising on this event will benefit the programs and efforts of Climate Ride including our community scholarships for young climate leaders. You are helping us grow the organization to become an advocacy powerhouse that engages people in the world of active environmental philanthropy and sustainable solutions. Because of this, you cannot select a beneficiary for this event. All donations are tax-deductible.

Fundraising and Transfer Deadlines | Important Dates

Fundraising Deadlines:

$500 To Be Raised By:6/10/2024
$2,250 To Be Raised By:

7/22/2024
Transfer Deadline:7/22/2024
$4,500 To Be Raised By:8/22/2024

Note: If you’d like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don’t worry, we’re here to help you get up to speed!

More Questions?

Be sure to review our general FAQ and policies or contact us!

Lisa Daniels
Patagonia

It seems no matter where I go with Climate Ride, the experience is about people on a journey together; in a community that supports each other and the environment, and is attuned to caring for our planet. I am with a group united for addressing climate change and also learning about humanity and myself.

Robert MacDonald, Adriatic Ride
Adriatic Ride

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Laura Gray, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia

Climate Ride Nova Scotia was absolutely incredible! The views were spectacular, the food was amazing. 

Ever since my first Climate Ride, Bar Harbor to Boston, I’ve been hooked and come back annually. I feel like I finally found my charity ride that gives me a purpose. The organization is always flawless (and the organizers are wonderful people), my fellow riders are like-minded and motivated, and you can raise money for your own local cause (CommonWheels in Boston). And to achieve all of this while doing my favorite thing, riding a bike! It’s the best experience possible!