HAI. JAPAN.

HAI. JAPAN.

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JAPAN

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13 - 21 Apr 2019

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Approx. US$3,455

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AU$4,796

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GBP£2,760

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€2,950.00

START LOCATION

TOMAMAE

END LOCATION

SAPPORO

DAYS

9

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

100KM | 62MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1200M | 3900FT

Nothing short of perfection is wrought into Japan's soul. From the simple pleasures of taking a bath to forging legendary steel katana for the samurai, the Japanese strive for more than excellence.

This tour treats you to the breathtaking beauty of coastal plains, mountainside woodland, volcanic lakes and cycling joy in between. An exquisite culture like no other, incredible food and safe, world class roads make for a cycling experience close to heaven.

If this isn't enough to make you smile, the friendly Japanese locals will be all that is required. See you in Japan, yes? Hai!

*Hire bikes not available in Japan. Please bring your own bicycle.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFAST LUNCH & DINNERS | PROFESSIONAL GUIDES | MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE | VEHICLE SUPPORT | ALL IN-TOUR TRANSFERS | ON-ROAD FOOD | GARMIN GPS LOAN UNIT | PUNTOTOURS CYCLING KIT | GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE SUN 13 APR | ARRIVAL & WELCOME DAY TWO MON 14 APR | TOMAMAE COASTAL PLAIN TO ASAHIKAWA DAY THREE TUE 15 APR | FURANO SKI VILLAGE DAY FOUR WED 16 APR | SAPPORO DAY FIVE THU 17 APR | REST DAY DAY SIX FRI 18 APR | NAKAJIMA ISLAND DAY SEVEN SAT 19 APR | LAKE SHIKOTSU DAY EIGHT SUN 20 APR | SAPPORO DAY NINE MON 21 APR | GOODBYE

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ARRIVAL SAPPORO DEPARTURE SAPPORO

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €2,950.00 | SINGLE ROOM €3,400.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE SUN 13 APR | ARRIVAL & WELCOME

Arriving in Sapporo, you will be greeted at the airport before being transferred to the infamous bullet train for the group transfer up to the small, oceanside port town of Tomamae. Your first real taste of Japanese culture will see us accommodated in the ever popular 'biker style' hotels designed specifically for travelling motorcyclists. And cyclists! Prepare to be amazed.

DAY TWO MON 14 APR | TOMAMAE COASTAL PLAIN TO ASAHIKAWA

We head south for the first half of the day, exploring the Tomamae Coastal Plains before turning east, into the Japanese farm lands. Rolling terrain surrounded by lush forest will the theme for the afternoon. Upon arrival in Asahikawa, you will be treated to a traditional Onsen (volcanically heated bath) high amongst the mountains.
DISTANCE | 115KM | 70M
ELEVATION | 1190M | 3900FT

DAY THREE TUE 15 APR | FURANO SKI VILLAGE

A shorter day on the pedals, our route today includes a number of short climbs through the mountain valleys en route to the Furano Ski Village. The views are spectacular! As are the small local delicacies by the roadside along the way. You will have the afternoon to explore the Furano Ski Village, a winter wonderland in the cooler months.
DISTANCE | 55KM | 35M
ELEVATION | 370M | 1220FT

DAY FOUR WED 16 APR | SAPPORO

No trip to Japan would be complete without experiencing the contrast of country and city life.
From the tranquility of the farmland and countryside of Northern Hokkaido, Day Four marks the beginning of your entry into the enormous urban metropolis that is Sapporo. Famous for its various local draught beers and ice sculptures during the winter months, the ride into Sapporo from Furano will give riders their first glimpse of downtown city living, Japanese style. For those that wish to enjoy the local beers and shop until they drop, a rest day awaits.
DISTANCE | 110KM | 70M
ELEVATION | 1115M | 3650FT

DAY FIVE THU 17 APR | REST DAY

Whether you're a little under the weather from the previous night or fresh and ready to discover Sapporo, there is something for everyone. There will be an optional group activity in the morning, with free time in the afternoon for you explore to your heart's content. Sapporo is sure to impress.

DAY SIX FRI 18 APR | NAKAJIMA ISLAND

Legs well rested and ready to explore on two wheels again, today is one that won't be easily forgotten. Climbing through the thick Japanese forest along the river beds to Nakajima Island, you will be spoilt with some of the most picturesque views imaginable. Nibbling hot apple pie along the banks of Lake Toya, it will be hard not to believe that you are riding along the less travelled shores of Lake Como.
DISTANCE | 105KM | 65M
ELEVATION | 1750M | 5720FT

DAY SEVEN SAT 19 APR | LAKE SHIKOTSU

En route back to Sapporo, you will delight in the eastern shores of both Lake Toya and Lake Shikotsu. Surrounded by extinct volcanoes, Lake Shikotsu offers brilliant views and you will be able to enjoy the afternoon on the lake after a shorter day on the bike.
DISTANCE | 75KM | 46M
ELEVATION | 915M | 3000FT

DAY EIGHT SUN 20 APR | SAPPORO

Heading north, the final climb of the trip is up the shoulder of Mount Eniwa, also an extinct volcano, before descending for our last night in Sapporo. A fantastic celebration dinner to end our amazing week cycling in Japan.
DISTANCE | 50KM | 31M
ELEVATION | 620M | 2040FT

DAY NINE MON 21 APR | GOODBYE

Early morning transfer to Sapporo airport.
Time to say farewell, until next time!

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | HIRE BIKES (NOT AVAILABLE IN JAPAN) | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | PRE- AND POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

CAN I HIRE A BIKE?

You can!  Check out the details of hiring one of our high-end Cipollini road bikes.

WHAT KIND OF CYCLISTS TAKE YOUR TOURS?

There is no mold! We have had cyclists from 18-72 years of age, some choosing easy, others choosing extremely challenging tours. We firmly believe we have something for almost all cycling abilities. Use the Element and Difficulty Rating to help you select a tour that suits what you want.  We're happy to talk it over with you if you're unsure.

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