Hokkaido - Playground of the Gods

The Biei rolling hills in spring

Central Hokkaido is one of the most beautiful places to cycle in Japan

This is literally our backyard. Ride our daily routes in and around the Daisetsuzan National Park on quiet back roads.


Daisetsuzan, also referred to as Kamui Mintara, or 'The Playground of the Gods,' is a mountain range known for its natural beauty. You will ride past live volcanoes which send plumes of smoke skyward and through primeval forests to hidden hot springs.  The valleys are filled with flower farms, fields of lavender and vineyards.

Japanese come from all over the country to cycle this area. This is one of the most beautiful places to undertake a self-guided trip in Japan.


- Cycle the largest national park in Japan

- Climb a live volcano
- Stay  in a traditional mountain hot spring lodge

- Cycle quiet forest, rural and mountain back roads

- Enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine

Leisure Trip

Distances averaging 50 km to give you time to stop and smell the roses

Trip at a glance

Start Location


Finish Location



Days Riding

3 or 5



Total Distance
3 days: 155 km, 5 days: 223 km


Total Elevation

 3 days: 1,663 m, 5 days: 2,395 m


Biggest Climbing Day

Biei Rolling Hills 665 m


Longest Day

Biei Rolling Hills, 56 km

Sample Program

Choose between 3 or 5 cycling days


Day 1 
We will be meeting you at the airport and transporting you to Asahidake hot-springs village. You will have time to take a mini walk and a hot-spring before dinner.


Day 2  The Canyon  (22 km/325 m or 76 km/1048 m)
Start the day by catching the cable-car up Asahidake Volcano and a walk around the the volcanic vents. Cycle to a Canyon.  On your arrival, take a short 20 minute walk up to the third highest waterfall in Japan.


Day 3  Biei Rolling Hills  (56 km/665 m or 70 km/ 1014 m)
 Ride along secluded roads past rice paddies and over the rolling hills of Biei. This area is known as the ‘Patchwork Hills’ for the different colors of the fields. The mountains and volcanoes of the Daisetsuzan National Park provide a stunning backdrop. Transfer to the southern end of the park to a hot spring hotel in the mountains.


Day 4  The Turquoise Falls  (50 km/286 m or 62 km/ 1473 m)
Today you will descend from a hot spring area in the national park. Along the way there are sulphurous waterfalls and great views of Mt Tokachi, a steaming volcano. Stop at master photo and potter galleries on the way to the accommodation in the valley.


Day 5  `The Navel of Hokkaido'  (46 km/ 439 m or 72 km/ 626 m)
Today you will ride to what is known as the ‘Navel of Hokkaido,’ as it is the island’s geographical center. Enjoy the downhills of the roller-coaster road. Continue on past fields of lavender, flower gardens and vineyards. Finish the ride by dropping in to the winery.


Day 6  Rokugo Loop  (49 km/ 460 m or 72 km/ 757 m )
Today’s you will cycle a loop ride on to the next town and a ride which is one of our local favorites. Other highlights include a glass factory and jam factory where you are able to try jams from fruits you never knew existed. On the return drop in to the cheese factory and try black cheese.


Day 7  Sayonara
Departure day.          


3 days cycling days 127,100yen/person

5 days cycling days 179,800yen/person

Price will depend on period of year and group size. Please inquire