Caldera to Cape

Asahidake, Hokkaido, japan
Hokkaido's highest mountain, Asahidake (Photo Jonathan Huang)
Shakotan Penninsula-hokkaido-Japan-bike-tours-japan
Kamui Misaki, Shakotan Penninsula

On this tour you will ride through two of Hokkaido's most scenic  locations. In Central Hokkaido you will cycle around the Daisetsuzan National Park, through lavender and quilted flower fields and vineyards. In Hokkaido's south west, you will see young mountains that have sprung up in the last fifty years and hot volcanic bubbling ponds. You will cycle around caldera lakes formed thousands of years ago by huge volcanic eruptions. This journey is sure to delight.

 

Read a journal entry of this trip

highlights

- Cycle around the volcanic regions of Hokkaido
- Enjoy a post ride whiskey at the Nikka Whiskey Distillery
 - Ride in Japan's largest national park

Intermediate or Advanced Level trip

Riding days of approximately 70-100 km daily in rolling and or mountainous terrain with bigger climbs. Elevation gains of approximately 600-1,000 meters for the short route and 1,000 m plus for the long route.

 

Trip at a glance


Start Location
 Asahikawa

 

Finish Location
 Otaru

 

Days Riding
6

 

Group Size
 -

Total Distance

Short 431 km  Long 597 km

 

Elevation

Short 5,246 m  Long 7,977 m

 

Biggest Climbing Day

Fuji of the North

 

Longest Day

Fuji of the North


itinerary


Day 1  Asahidake Volcano Transfer 
We transfer you to Asahidake Onsen, the village at the base of the highest mountain in Hokkaido. On arrival set up the bikes and relax in the hotel hot springs.

 

Day 2  Roof of Hokkaido  (63 km/ 671 m) or (96 km/ 1,564 m)
Descend from the live volcano of Asahidake after a walk around the smoking fumaroles. Ride the rolling hills of Biei and then ascend to another hot spring hotel in the southern part of the Daisetsuzan National Park. Watch the sunset from the thermal spring.

 

Day 3  The Navel of Hokkaido  (71 km / 637 m) or (100 km/ 1,027 m)
Descend back to the valley and ride to the geographical centre of Hokkaido, nicknamed the 'Navel of Hokkaido.'  The local festival features local rotund men with painted bellies parading in unison. We make a stop at the local vineyard before our arrival.

 

Day 4  The Caldera  (67 km / 575 m)

Transfer to the south west region of Hokkaido and then ride out to the caldera lake of Lake Toya. Legend has it that sumo tournaments were held on the island in the middle of the lake. See the smoking Showa Shinzan which is a volcano that has grown to 400 meters from a farmer's field in the space of 60 years.


Day 5  The Fuji or the North  (78 km/ 1,153 m) or (119 km/  1,837 m)
Ride to Niseko which sits in the shadows of Ezo Fuji, or the 'Mt Fuji of the North.'  We will have lunch at a restaurant with views overlooking the volcano. Continue to a ski village at the base of Mt Annupurri. In the evening, visit a local craft beer brewery to try their local ales.
  

Day 6  The Sea of Japan  (84 km/ 955 m) or (113 km/ 1,376 m)

Ride out to the Sea of Japan and along the coast to a seafood barbecue restaurant right by the ocean. Choose from a combination of fresh oysters, mussels, scallops and prawns or the local delicacy of 'uni,' or sea urchin. We then transfer to Nikka Distillery for a post ride drink.

 

Day 7  The Cape of Divine Power  (68 km/ 1,255 m) or (102 km/ 1,598 m)
You will cycle out along the coast to Hokkaido’s beautiful western Peninsula and Kamui Misaki, also known as the ‘Cape of Divine Power.'  The area is part of Hokkaido's only sea National Park, a magnificent coastline made up of sea-cliffs and crystal blue waters. The hotel for the evening sits perched on a cliff above the ocean.
  
Day 8  Sayonara
Transfer to Chitose Airport.

 

inclusions


- Airport transfers

- Accommodation

- All meals

- Guided Support

- Support vehicle

- Ride snacks