Playground of the Gods

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The Biei rolling hills in spring

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.

highlights

- 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
Asahikawa

 

Finish Location

Furano

 

Days Riding

3 or 5

 

Group Size

         -

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


itinerary


3 or 5 cycling days option

 

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 62 km/641 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)
 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 Turqois Falls  (50 km/286 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/ 439m)
Today you will ride to what is known as the ‘Navel of Hokkaido,’ as it is the island’s geographical centre. 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)
Today’s you will cycle a loop ride on to the next town and a ride which is one of our local favourites. 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.          

 

inclusions


- Airport or Station pick up

- Accommodation

- Breakfasts and 4 dinners

- GPS with pre-loaded routes, and maps

- Luggage transfer to Furano