Highlights of Hokkaido

Price from
US$ 5,200
Duration
14 Days / 13 Nights
Distance
792 - 840 km
Tour Code
JPN-JHH
Next departure
23-Jun-2019
Number of Cycling Days11
Average Distance Per Day: 76
0
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 638
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance792 - 840 kilometres
AccommodationN/A
Bike HireHybrid: US$ 165, Standard Road Bike: US$ 230
Single SupplementUS$ 450

All About this Tour

Hokkaido is considered Japan's wild frontier. This northern island is known for wildlife, volcanoes, pristine lakes, vast forests, fields of flowers and of course Japan's ubiquitous hot springs (onsens).

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Sapporo, Japan's second largest island and our starting point to explore Hokkaido.

Day 2

Board a train to the town of Furano, known for lavender and its explosion of colour from fields of flowers.

Day 3

Start cycling through flat fields and follow a river upstream on a gradually ascending road to the Karikachi mountain pass at 644 m.

Day 4

We cycle across the Tokachi plain and start the climb to Shirakaba Pass at 900 m. Enjoy a short downhill to the highest lake in Hokkaido and over-night in the town of Nukabira and its town onsen.

Day 5

Today is a challenging day as we conquer the highest mountain pass in Hokkaido, the Mikuni Toge at 1,139 m. We have a 10-km warm up before we start climbing to the summit and overnight in the famous Shiobetsu Onsen.

Day 6

Today is an easy day as we cycle downhill to Lake Saroma, the third larg-est lake in Japan. Enjoy the fresh taste of oysters and scallops from the lake for dinner.

Day 7

We cycle to Wakka Wild Flower Park with over 300 kinds of wild flowers. After our visit, we continue along a path which used to be a railroad track to Cape Notoro.

Day 8

A free day to explore museums and shopping areas of Abashiri.

Day 9

We head south and cycle along the second largest lake in Hokkaido and one of the three lakes in the Akan National Park.

Day 10

We ride to the active volcano Lozan, also called Sulphur Mountain. We then continue on a long gradual uphill to an outlook over Lake Mashuko, known to be one of the clearest lakes in the world.

Day 11

This morning we ride to Shiretoko Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue cycling along the shore to a fishing village famous for its king crab and finish our day off with a local onsen!

Day 12

Today we start with a 16 km climb with spectacular views of Mt. Rausu, the highest peak in the Shiretoko Mountain Range. After a leisurely downhill, we visit Shiretoko National Park, largest home to Japan's brown bear.

Day 13

We head on a long, straight road for a brief stop at Koshimizu Wild Flower Reserve and finish our ride in Abashiri on a hillside hotel overlooking the lake.

Day 14

You can transfer to Memanbetsu Airport or Abashiri Train Station for your onward travel.

Elevation Profiles

Day 3 - Furano - Shintoku Ride 85km. +692m.
Day 3 - Furano - Shintoku Ride 85km. +692m.

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