Day01 – Arrival to Sapporo / Transfer to Lake Toya (25km)
Pick up from the airport and transfer (with your bikes) to Lake Toya. Rest and prepare your bike. If time permits, we may go for a short warm-up ride around the area. In the evening, gather for welcome group dinner with briefing on the next day ride.
Day02 - Mount Yotei / Kutchan / Niseko / Lake Toya (133km, ascend 1670m)
Real cycling starts! After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, we start cycling out via the scenic route around Lake Toya. As you climb up from the caldera lake onto its rim, Mount Yotei appears in full view. We continue to head north towards the town of Makkari, before arriving to Niseko for lunch. The route continues around this beautiful mountain before we head back to Lake Toya.
Day03 - Transfer to Hakodate / Cape Tachimachi (30km)
After the long ride yesterday, today we will take things a little easy. Sit back & relax as we make our way further down south towards Hakodate by van. Taste the special local burger from Lucky Pierrot, a Japanese chain of hamburger fast food restaurants founded in 1987, found only in Hakodate! We will go up to the viewing deck of the 107-metres Goryokaku tower for a great view of the star-shaped fortress built in the 1866 during the Ezo period.
In the afternoon, we cycle out to scenic Cape Tachimachi, known for its grand scenery of steep cliffs surrounded by the sea. On clear days, you can see Aomori Prefecture across the Tsugaru Strait.
Day04 - Cycle to Kijihiki highlands / Shirotai / Lake Onuma (110km, ascend 1630m)
Today, we ride out to the high grounds of Hakodate, Kijihiki highlands lookout. One of the key highlights in this trip, you have a panoramic view of Mount Hakodate, Lake Onuma, Komagatake, as well as a giant elevated bridge of Hokkaido Shinkansen. It is worth the 660m ascend (those who do not wish to do the climb can take the support van). Enjoy the beautiful scenery before we descend down for lunch at Hokuto, near the Shinkansen station.
We cycle around Lake Onuma & enjoy a local sweet dessert of mochi, before making the final scenic climb to Shirotai Skyline, as we make our way back to Hakodate city. It is definitely a wonderful day of cycling both in terms of challenges & scenic landscape!
Day05 - Hakodate transfer back to Sapporo (own free time for sight-seeing)
Long drive 5 hours back to Sapporo. In the afternoon, you have own free time to explore & visit local sights such as the iconic Sapporo Clock Tower, Hokkaido University for the Gingko & Poplar Avenue, a popular campus road lined with ginkgo/poplar trees, Sapporo beer museum, Ishiya Chocolate Factory etc.
Day06 - Sapporo riverside cycling / Ishikari / farmlands (80km)
Our special hidden program to take you out towards the Ishikari coast using bike lanes along the scenic Toyohira River. Have a soft serve ice-cream at the Royce Chocolate factory, compliments from us! Cycle alongside farmlands & sunflower fields (if in season) before looping back to Sapporo. End of cycling.
Day07 - Send-off for departure (or optional extension)