Hokkaido Guided Tours-Whiskey Ride Hokkaido

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Enjoying a post ride whiskey at Nikka Distillery
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Cycling past Showa Shinzan, the young volcano

Food, whiskey and of course cycling. After a number of whiskey buffs and foodies who have come on tour, it felt only right that we combine the best food and beverages that Hokkaido is known.

 

From succulent wagyu beef, freshly caught uni and miso ramen. What better way that to finish the last ride at a Whiskey distillery of Nikka which is one of the oldest in Japan.

 

You will be riding  South West Hokkaido, amongst caldera lakes, smoking volcanoes and the Sea of Japan coast line. Eat, drink and ride.

 

Read a journal entry on this trip.

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 seafood cuisine

 

Intermediate/Advanced level trip

Riding days of approximately 80 or 100- 120 km on rolling and hilly terrain. Elevation gains of around 1,000 plus meters daily.

 

Trip at a glance


Start Location
Chitose

 

Finish Location
Otaru

 

Days Riding
 3

 

Season
June-September

Total Distance

241 km or 335 km

 

Total Elevation
 3,424 m or 4,563 m

 

Biggest Climbing Day

Day 3

 

Longest Day
Day 3


Sample Program


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.  Tonight we commence with an exquisite 'kaiseki' dinner which combines seasonal ingredients. Ready yourself for a number of  gastronomic courses.

 

Day 2  The Caldera  (79 km/ 1,316 m) or  (103 km/ 1,350 m)

Cycle to the nearby caldera lake of Toya. The route follows quiet rural roads to the hotel has spectacular views over the lake. Each evening there are fireworks over the lake shot from a floating boat. After dinner, transport yourself back forty years and enjoy Japanese whiskey at a local bar.

 

Day 3  Fuji of 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 the Niseko Ski Village. After a sumptuous dinner, visit a local craft beer brewery to try their local ales.

 

Day 4  Nikka Distillery  (84 km/ 955 m) or (123 km/ 2,000 m)

Ride out of Niseko and over the Annupuri Range pass, down to to the fishing town of Iwanai. The route continues along the spectacular coastline with stunning views of the Sea of Japan. The trip finishes at Nikka Whiskey Distillary which is one of the first established in Japan. Transfer to Otaru for your last night. Otaru was the original port town of Hokkaido where a lot of historical buildings still remain.

 

Day 5  Sayonara

Departure day. Transfer back to Chitose Airport