Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018
Island of Hokkaido,
Our Japan adventure is a full immersion in Japanese culture and outdoor activity! The 8 day, 7 night bicycle tour combines daily moderate cycling (approximately 35 miles a day) through the rolling hills of Central Hokkaido with total immersion in the Japanese culture, including daily onsens (hot spring fed thermal baths) traditional Japanese Inns (Royokans) and local, healthy Japanese cuisine. Well paved smooth roads, very little traffic and breathtaking scenery make Hokkaido an outstanding place to cycle. Our bikes are high end with choice of racing style or flat handle bars. They are light weight with alloy frames and carbon forks. Of course they have the Japanese made Shimano groupset. July temperatures are in the mid 70s and the lavender and wildflower fields are in full bloom! Our relaxed pace allows ample time for photo stops and sight-seeing. Along our cycle route we stop at various artists' studios and galleries to see potters, glass artists, photographers and fiber artists. Our luggage is transported for us each day between hotels so we can just enjoy riding our bikes. In addition to cycling we will have a day of hiking up the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt Asahi (7516 ft.) which is a volcano! We will also enjoy an afternoon of rafting the crystal clear headwaters of the Sorachi River. This trip is suitable for participants who can comfortably cycle 35 miles a day of moderate terrain. Elevation gain is about 1000 feet a day except for Day 5 when we ride in Daisetsusan National Park to the base of Mt. Asahi climbing about 1500 feet. We are self-sufficient and carry our lunch/snacks with us or stop at a Ramen or Izakaya shop for lunch. Participants are encouraged to know/learn basic bike maintenance skills such as how to change a flat however it is not a prerequisite to participate on the trip. Each morning when our luggage is picked up, the van driver who is also a bike mechanic can tweek our bikes. If we have difficulties of any kind during our ride he will be in the area with the van and he is just a phone call away. The Van Driver/ Mechanic speaks English and Japanese.