Hokkaido Japan

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Riding towards Hokkaido's 'Fuji of the North'
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Taking a break by Lake Toya

 

This is the last frontier of Japan, an island

of smoking volcanoes, pristine caldera lakes

and jagged coastlines. It is the cycling mecca

for the Japanese.

 

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The hot spring overlooking the 'Mt Fuji of the North'

 

The cycling is sublime, combining quiet roads set in majestic

scenery. Numerous volcanoes provide soothing geothermal

hot springs that are reputed to have healing powers. It's the   

best way to soothe tired bodies after a big day of riding.

 

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About Hokkaido


Short facts

Hokkaido has six national parks, five quasi national parks and 12 prefectural parks.

 

Hokkaido is covered in snow between November to March and the northern and eastern coastlines are covered in pack ice.

 

The island makes up twenty percent of Japan's land area, and only 5 percent of the population.

 

Hokkaido was settled by mainland Japanese in the late 19th Century and was populated by the indigenous Ainu people before that.

Famous For

Seafood. In particular, sea urchin, salmon and king crab. Salmon roe is a speciality.

 

Whiskey. Hokkaido is the home to Nikka, one of Japan's first whiskey distilleries.

 

Wildlife. In particular the 'Higuma,' or brown bear.

Temperature

During the hottest month of August, there is an average high of 26 degrees and low of 18 degrees.

terrain

Undulating and sometimes hilly.  The hills tend to be short and not so steep.

 


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Hokkaido's fresh seafood

 

Hokkaido is as much a foodie destination as much as

a cycling one.The abundance of fresh, high quality

ingredients translates to an abundance of delicious

local cuisine.

 

Perhaps no other place in Japan satisfies cyclists

like a trip to Hokkaido.

 

Intermediate

Riding days of approximately 50–70 km on rolling terrain. Elevation gains of up to 700 meters daily

advanced

Riding days of approximately 70-100 km daily in rolling and or mountainous terrain with bigger climbs. Elevation gains of  1,000 meters and above daily.

avid

Long riding days over 100

km daily and long climbs with steep sections. Elevation gains of  1,000 meters and above daily