Hokkaido has some of the best cycling in Japan, renowned for its natural beauty, cool temperatures and quiet roads.
Although it is the second largest of the four main islands, it has only 5% of the country’s population with many vast areas of untouched beauty.
As there are fewer people living in Hokkaido, traffic levels are a lot less than the main island. Speed limits are only 50 kilometers per hour and often motorists are polite enough to overtake in the opposite lane. People in Hokkaido greatly respect cyclists and occasionally you may have people in the fields saying ‘Ganbare, Ganbare,’ encouraging you onwards.
There are plenty of back-roads to get away from cars, which is where you will find our routes. All Hokkaido roads are immaculately maintained and have incredibly smooth asphalt surfaces.
Many Hokkaido roads have been nominated by the Ministry of Land as scenic highways to protect and maintain the scenery of regional roadsides and the natural environment. All of the routes that we have chosen pass through many of the national parks that make up Hokkaido.
Temperatures are a lot milder than the main island with less humidity and no rainy season. Perfect for days out on the bike.