Day01 - Arrive to Hakodate (via Tokyo)
Meet & greet for airport transfer to hotel.
Tour of the star-shaped Goryokaku from the 107m viewing tower; bike setup & preparation; free & easy till your group welcome dinner.
After dinner, take the cable car ride up to the top of Mount Hakodate for a fabulous view of the city set between the curves of the Tsugaru Strait and Hakodate Bay.
Day02 - Ride C1: Cape Tachimachi to Oshamambe (113km, ascent 969m)
Cycling starts today. After breakfast, we cycle 4km out to Cape Tachimachi, the starting point of your C2C journey.
Take in the beautiful sight of Komaga-take, a twin-peak shaped mountain on your right. We will make a short detour for you to taste & try the popular Japanese red-bean/black sesame mochi near Lake Onuma.
The rest of the journey follows the coast of Uchiura Bay as you head north towards the small town of Oshamambe.
Day03 - Ride C2: Oshamambe to Lake Toya (55km, ascent 1296m)
The route today is undulating with 2 main climbs of about 310m, as you pedal your way to scenic Lake Toya, a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. If time permits, we can go for the 38km round-the-lake cycling around the lake which offers a good view of the Nakajima island in the centre of the lake. Alternatively, you may simply take a relaxing walk along the promenade to admire the beautiful Mount Yotei, or Ezo Fuji, a cone-shaped stratovolcano that resembles Mount Fuji.
Day04 - Ride C3: Lake Toya to Sapporo (123km, ascent 1633m)
Long ride today, we cycle pass another caldera Lake Shikotsu, is the 2nd deepest lake (363m) that never freeze in winter. With Mount Eniwa as it backdrop, it offers a stunning spot for our lunch.
As we approach Sapporo, the traffic builds up as we break away from the road & take you into the city using a scenic bikeway along the Toyohira river via Makomanai Park, a special route in our Hokkaido cycling tour.
Day05 - Sapporo Cycling / Rest day (optional)
Yes, you deserve a good rest in the capital city of Hokkaido after yesterday long ride. Take a walk in the evening to enjoy the charm of this bustling city, with her iconic Sapporo Clock Tower beautiful arrays of billboard flashing eye-catching advertisements in downtown Susukino. There are many restaurants with large varieties of cuisine to satisfy your palette. Those more adventurous could explore the pristine Hokkaido University or make a trip down to Sapporo Beer Museum for a pint or two. For those who yearn more cycling, we have in plan for extra 70km easy cycling along the scenic Toyohira River using the bikeways to Ishikari coast.
Day06 - Ride C4 Sapporo to Asahikawa (137km, ascent 1022m)
After a good day rest in Sapporo, we set off again for another long ride to Asahikawa, the 2nd largest city in Hokkaido after Sapporo. We continue to use the bikeway along Toyohira river to navigate out of the busy city traffic towards Ishikari river. The route is generally flat with small incline that is hardly noticeable.
Day07 - Ride C5 Asahikawa to Nayoro (99km, ascent 619m)
After breakfast, we will depart Asahikawa using the bikeway along Chubetsu river that has its source from Asahidake, the highest mountain of Hokkaido in Daisetsuzan National Park. One of the important landmark that we cycle through is Asahibashi bridge, a heritage iron-arch bridge built in 1932 & is one of the biggest bridges in Hokkaido at 225m in length. The rest of the day is a pleasant journey as we cycle on quiet countryside roads running parallel to JR Soya line to Nayoro.
Day08 - Ride C6 - Nayoro to Nakagawa (90km, ascent 691m)
We continue our journey up north, following the Teshio river to a historical site where Hokkaido gets her name, from the indegenious Ainu people during the Edo period. It is about 7km from Otoineppu village, between the city of Nayoro & Nakagawa. We arrive to Nakagawa onsen hotel for a nice relaxing hotspring to soothe your tire legs after 3 days.
Day09 - Ride C7: Nakagawa to Cape Soya (115km, ascent 602m)
This is last day of cycling, as our journey cross the 45th Parallel North, a geographical marker that signifies the half-way point between the equator & the Earth?s North Pole. We make a quick stop at Tonakai reindeer farm before continuing to Toyotomi for lunch.
We cycle a stretch of the Soya Scenic Bikeway before turning off for a majestic view of rotating windmills, an iconic landmark in Wakkanai. You could see Mount Rishiri on your left, a beautiful mountain on Rishiri island that rises from the Sea of Japan.
The final stretch along the coast of Soya bay to arrive at Cape Soya, or Soya-misaki, the northernmost point of Japan.
From here, it is just a mere 40km from Russia Sakhalin?s islands.
CONGRATULATIONS! on your successful completion of the Hokkaido Cape to Cape Cycling Expedition.
Celebration dinner & closing ceremony.
Day10 - Departure (fly out from Wakkanai or * own extension)
* Optional extension: Rishiri / Rebun islands (additional 60km Round-the-Island cycling on Rishiri)
RIDE PROFILE : C1-C7
C1 - Hakodate to Oshamambe (111km, ascent 949m)
C2 - Oshamambe to Lake Toya (55 or 98km, ascent 1119m)
C3 - Lake Toya to Sapporo (123km, ascent 1633m)
C4 - Sapporo to Asahikawa (137km, ascent 1022m)
C5 - Asahikawa to Nayoro (99km, ascent 619m)
C6 - Nayoro to Nakagawa (90km, ascent 691m)
C7 - Nakagawa to Cape Soya (115km, ascent 602m)