Hokkaido's Cape of Divine Power

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The Cape of Divine Power, Shakotan Penninsula
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Cycling past Showa Shinzan, the young volcano

There is a fascination to Hokkaido. Perhaps it is the endless backroads that take in some of the most majestic scenery you will see in Japan. The mountains and volcanoes cloaked in primeval forests, pristine caldera lakes and dramatic cliff adorned coastlines. Let us introduce to you a place with spectacular sights, wonderful experiences and exquisite flavors on this randonee tour of south western Hokkaido.

highlights

- Cycle through 2 national parks

- Ride to the base of a live volcano

- Visit Nikka whiskey distillery

- Rejuvenate in outdoor hot springs

- Enjoy exquisite Japanese cuisine

 

intermediate level trip

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

 

Trip at a glance


Start Location
Chitose

 

Finish Location
Otaru

 

Days Riding
5

 

Group Size
 3 -8

Total Distance

Short  368 km  Long  546 km

 

Total Elevation
Short  4,8687m  Long  7,943m

 

Biggest Climbing Day

Day 4 Niseko

 

Longest Day
Day 1 Lake Toya

 


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Day 1 
Transfer to the hotel which sits on the banks of a caldera lake. It is  surrounded by 3 volcanoes and renowned for its indigo blue waters. On arrival we set up the bikes and go for a short ride around part of the lake.  Immerse yourself in the thermal hot springs before a traditional Japanese dinner.

 

Day 2  Lake Toya  (83 km or 148 km)
Cycle to another lakeside resort.  Nearby is a young mountain that literally popped out of a farmer’s field and grew to a height of 400 meters. Enjoy the nightly fireworks display over the lake from the hotel to finish an amazing day of cycling.

 

Day 3  Lake Toya Loop  (71 km or 108 km)
Cycle a loop around the lake on quiet country back-roads. A highlight is seeing some of the smoking fumaroles.

 

Day 4  Niseko  (79 km or 92 km)
Today we ride to Hokkaido’s famous outdoor playground of Niseko. This route starts around the lake and passes through rural pastures with magnificent views of the 'Mt Fuji of the North.' We make a feed stop at a French bakery on route. 

 

Day 5 Nikka Whiskey  (67 km or 101 km)
You will cycle to a local coastal fishing town. The ride finishes at Nikka Whiskey Distillery. The cycling for the day is over, so we will be having a few post ride drinks. If whiskey isn't to your liking, try their apple juice.  You will then be transferred to the port city of Hokkaido. The gaslights and stone warehouses along the canal produce a beautiful nightscape.

 

Day 6 The `Cape of Divine Power'  (68 km or 97 km)
Start the day with a transfer to a fishing village where we will commence the ride. You will cycle out along the coast to Hokkaido’s beautiful western Peninsula or 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.

 

Day 7 Sayonara

Departure day. Return transfer to the airport after breakfast.

 

inclusions


- Airport transfers

- Accommodation

- All meals

- Guided Support

- Support vehicle

- Ride snacks

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