Maple Yaba Cycling Road

Hop on your bike and take a leisurely ride along the Maple Yaba Cycling Road in Oita Prefecture, and you’ll be treated to some of the most beautiful viewing spots for autumn foliage. This cycling path was constructed in 1982 using an abandoned railway line of the former Yabakei Gorge Railroad. It is 36 kilometers long in total, of which 22 kilometers is a dedicated bike path offering cyclists breathtaking views of the Yamakuni River.

In 2010, the Nikkei (Nihon Keizai Shinbun) reported that the Maple Yaba Cycling Road was ranked the second most recommended cycling route in all of Japan. With gentle slopes and an almost complete absence of steep hills, it is a perfect route for children and beginners alike. Cycle through the 116-meter long Yabakei Bridge (or also known as Holland Bridge), the longest stone bridge in Japan, surrounded by vibrant red leaves and gaze upon the enchanting Ao-no-Domon(Blue Cave), and you’ll feel refreshed in both mind and body.

With the wind blowing through your hair, feast your eyes on what’s left of the old railroad tracks, along with rural landscapes, tree groves, and pristine streams. Cycling enthusiasts and nature lovers are sure to find the Maple Yaba Cycling Road to be a uniquely memorable destination.

Hours: Yabakei Cycling Terminal
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (October to April)
8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (May to September)

Admission: Yabakei Cycling Terminal
Adult (3 hours) 400 yen, Adult (unlimited) 500 yen, High school students and under 200 yen. (*Time may be extended for 200 yen per hour. A fee of 500 yen applies for drop-offs.)

Address: Yabakei Cycling Terminal
533 Kakisaki, Yabakei-machi, Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture

Airport: Oita Airport


Wednesdays and for the year-end/New Year’s holiday (December 29 to January 3). (*From December to February, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.)

+81- 979-54-2700

100 minutes from Oita Airport.

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