HAI. JAPAN.

HAI. JAPAN.

JAPAN

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20 - 27 Oct 2020

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Challenging

START LOCATION

TOMAMAE

END LOCATION

SAPPORO

DAYS

10

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

65KM | 43MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

950M | 3100FT

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, for the glorious autumn colours, yes? Hai!

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

DATES TO BE CONFIRMED - PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU'RE KEEN!

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 TUE 20 OCT | ARRIVAL DAY TWO WED 21 OCT | TOMAMAE DAY TWO WED 21 OCT | ASAHIKAWA DAY THREE THU 22 OCT | FURANO SKI VILLAGE DAY FOUR FRI 23 OCT | SAPPORO DAY FIVE SAT 24 OCT | REST DAY DAY SIX SUN 25 OCT | LAKE TOYA DAY SEVEN MON 26 OCT | LAKE SHIKOTSU DAY EIGHT TUE 27 OCT | SAPPORO DAY NINE WED 28 OCT | GOODBYE

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ARRIVAL SAPPORO DEPARTURE SAPPORO

FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE TUE 20 OCT | ARRIVAL

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 WED 21 OCT | TOMAMAE

Our first ride as we head south along the coast before turning inland, into the Japanese farm lands. Rolling lush terrain up to the Lake.
DISTANCE | 70KM | 43MI
ELEVATION | 900M | 2950FT

DAY TWO WED 21 OCT | ASAHIKAWA

Rolling terrain surrounded by lush forest on our way to Asahikawa, where you will be treated to a traditional Onsen (volcanically heated bath) high amongst the mountains.
DISTANCE | 65KM | 40MI
ELEVATION | 800M | 2600FT

DAY THREE THU 22 OCT | 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 FRI 23 OCT | SAPPORO

No trip to Japan would be complete without experiencing the contrast of country and city life.
A longer day in the saddle but much of it is downhill. From the tranquility of the farmland and countryside of Northern Hokkaido, we ride into the fascinating 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 SAT 24 OCT | REST DAY

Whether you'd like a sleep in after the previous night or are 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 SUN 25 OCT | LAKE TOYA

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 Lake Toya and 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 | 95KM | 59M
ELEVATION | 1400M | 4600FT

DAY SEVEN MON 26 OCT | 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 TUE 27 OCT | 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 WED 28 OCT | GOODBYE

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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

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

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 our 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.

HOW MUCH RIDING DO I HAVE TO DO?

As much or as little as you want. It’s your holiday.  You determine how much you want to ride. You can, on any day, choose to cut a ride short, miss a climb, only do the downhills, have a rest day or ask for more!  The van is always handy if you choose not to ride, and a guide is always willing to do some extra distance if you wish. You just need to ask.

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