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Tour description


Hokkaido Cycling - Best of Southern Gems (BSG)

» Lake Toya - Niseko - Hakodate

fr SGD2699

7 Days

370km


Description

Hokkaido Best of Southern Gems (BSG) is a 7-day guided & fully-supported cycling tour that takes you to the south of Hokkaido including Hakodate, Niseko, Lake Toya & Mt Yotei area,

This sight-seeing cycling event takes you to the South Hokkaido region, where we spend 2 days cycling around Lake Toya & exploring Mt Yotei in Niseko.  Lake Toya is a volcanic caldera lake in the Shikotsu-Toya National park.  The stratovolcano of Mt Usu, together with another active volcano Showa Shinzan, lies on the southern rim of the caldera lake. You cycle towards the town of Makkari & Niseko for a close-up view of the pyramidal 1898m Mt Yotei.

 

The journey continuing southwards to Lake Onuma, a "quasi national park" known for its picturesque, island dotted lakes and majestic volcano, Mount Komagatake, an iconic mountain with a distinct sharp point.  You cycle up to the lookout point from Kijihiki highlands for a stunning panaromic view of Mount Hakodate, Komagatake & Onuma lakes before ending the trip in the charming city of Hakodate. 

 

It is definitely a fulfilling cycling holiday that caters to both the avid & intermediate cyclists looking for certain level of  challenges, along with the ingredients of “must-see” sight-seeing stops.  We also added a 1-day special cycling tour in Sapporo along Toyohira Riverside bike pathways to Ishikari coast.

This program is also highly recommended for those who are joining us to cycle in Hokkaido for the 1st time. 

 


Highlights

+ Scenic Lake Shikotsu & cycling around Lake Toya

+ Cable-car ride up to Mt Usu & Showa Shinzan volcano

+ quiet countryside roads in Niseko near majestic Mount Yotei

+ breath-taking view from Kijihiki highlands & Soratai

+ famous night view from atop Mount Hakodate & morning fish market

+ Goryokaku star-shaped fort built in 1866

+ Taste local sweets in Onuma & Kijihikikogen highlands

+ Good quality onsen accommodation by Lake Toya


Information

Hokkaido Best of Southern Gems (BSG)

Event Grade: 4 (challenging)

Discipline: Road tarmac / undulating / 1 main climb

No. of Cycle Days: 5

Cycle Distance: est. 400km (ave 80km/day)

Ascent: 2900m (full-support with van for luggage transfers & a seat for everyone)

Terrain: 100% road tarmac

 

7D Land Cost: est. S$2699/pax (twin-share)

Single sup: S$450

(average price for 7-8D full-support cycling tours in Japan is SGD4000)

 

Includes:

1) 6 nights accommodation (mix of hotels/ryokans with onsens)

2) Almost Full-board: 6 breakfasts + 2 dinners (except rest-day)

3) water/isotonic drinks & snacks during cycling

4) 2-way airport transfers (main group arrival/departure)

5) All land transfers / luggage transfer

6) Very Experienced Cycling guide & Bike Mechanic Support

7) Full-support from our SSV (Support Sweeper Vehicle) during rides

8) Detailed Pre-Departure Briefing & Trip Preparation

 

* Excludes International airfares & other meals

Add-on: S$230 for rental of bike (GIANT road/hybrid)

We will advise you on the recommended international flight (for main group) to Sapporo

 

Further queries, pls email: sct@shangrila-adventure.com

Closing Date: 1 month before departure OR seats fill up

 

>>>>> TRIP REGISTRATION <<<<<

1) Make an online Pre-Trip Booking deposit of $50 via our secured payment gateway Paypal/Stripe.

2) State the Tour, Your Name & Contact details (mobile & email)

3) We will get in touch with you within 3 business days (what's next, other details, balance payment etc)


Detailed itinerary

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)

 


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