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Day 9 – Cycling Japan Highlights Tour

On our last day it is all ups and downs, mainly along the coast. But first cutting across the Ushibuka peninsula on Rt 266, the main road on the island with an excellent sidewalk for riding. At the road station at the Ushibuka ferry terminal you can see the catch of the day while admiring the swinging Haiya Bridge designed by Renzo Piano.We catch a ferry enjoying the beautiful views as Amakusa shrinks and Nagashima grows bigger, arriving in Kuranomoto. People fish or farm here, the main crops are potato and sweet potato. To kill the long winter evenings the islanders have developed a unique art of making giant statues out of straw, cans or styrofoam. Try to spot as many as you can ! A glorious ribbon of coastal road and Kuranoseto Bridge brings us back to the mainland. Just before the bridge the road station offers an ideal seafood lunch stop. The delights continue until we hit Izumi plain for the last stretch home. Izumi features a samurai neighbourhood and is also the winter home of Siberian cranes. Then it is time for final goodbyes… after breakfast you don’t have to climb in the saddle any longer. Now you are freed from the chores of the road. Check-out before 10am.