18-25 July 2019
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Luxury Western Hotel
Come ride with us in July 2019 on this Intermediate Japan Cycling Tour. With our tour partner, Elite Sporting Tours, we have created a memorable cycling experience. We will delve deep into the vibrant Japan culture and tackle some of the best, yet mostly undiscovered cycling in the world. This tour will amaze, both on and off the bike, as the next 7 days of adventure take us to hot springs, we ride over majestic mountains, visit ancient temples and taste delicious local produce cooked by our own private chef.
This Japan Cycling Tour comes loaded with breathtaking scenery, challenging riding and plenty of off-bike experiences to enjoy as well, the stage is set for a uniquely rewarding cycling holiday – one you and your legs will remember for a long time to come.
The Elite Sporting Tours Japan Cycling Experience tours strike the perfect balance for those that enjoy a decent ride each day, yet want have some time to absorb the wonderful culture and scenery. You do the riding, we take care of the rest and this Japan Cycling Tour includes your meals and accommodation, the best support crew and guides and they are all of the highest quality.
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Welcome to Stunning Hokkaido.After building our bikes we will head out for our first ride, an easy 50km that takes us around the local roads of Chitose and towards Lake Shikotsu. Lake Shikotsuko is encircled by mountains, one of which is Mount Tarumae. Tarumae ranks among Japan’s most active volcanoes and most recently erupted in 1981. The mountain can be climbed in a steep but short ascent in less than an hour and offers impressive views of the deserted crater landscape and over Lake Shikotsuko. It is also possible to circle the crater in about two hours, but due to poisonous gases it is not allowed to enter the crater.
60 km | 500 m
A longer ride today as we head east into the hills surrounding Chitose. Japan is famous for its little villages and roads that see little traffic and today will take us deep into the hills. We will follow some of these small back roads into an environment that simply amazes, with deep forests and valleys with crystal clear waters as we head for Atsuma. As always in Japan, a few little climbs to challenge the legs, but a great day on the bike.
130 km | 1300 m
Today we say goodbye to Chistose and head for Niseko. The course today takes us back toward Lake Shikotsu and onward west. The road gently rises up toward Mt Shirabestu and the famous icon of Niseko, Mt Yotei appearing like a mini Mt. Fuji in the distance. We skirt around the lower slopes of Mt. Yotei and into our luxurious accommodation in the heart of Niseko.
100 km | 1300 m
After a few big days on the bike, we will have a lighter day. Mt Yotei is not only resplendent in the backdrop from our hotel, but it also delivers some great cycling. We will head out on a later schedule to explore the roads around the base of the mountain. With an early finish, and Niseko full of great off-bike experiences, this is a good chance to explore the region or rest the legs for the next part of the tour.
70 km | 700 m
The Niseko Classic is a UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifier event. Held in July, the course takes riders on 140km of closed roads over some amazing scenery. While the roads will not be clsoed, we will follow the same amazing route that crests the Panorama Line before dropping down to the coast and tackiling the rolling roads back to Niseko. It is a course that offers it all and no doubt will challenge the riders, but with stunning views and our luxury accommodation awaiting, it will be worth the effort.
140 km | 2400 m
With the Niseko Classic course in the legs, today will be a shorter day that will takes us up to the same area that around the Panorama Line. Passing the Hanazono GC and Niseko-Mt Annpuri as we head skyward, our course enjoys some incredible views and super smooth alpine roads up to Mt Io, a magical thermal spring area. We descend in Rankoshi and start the roads back to Niseko to complete a tough, but rewarding shorter loop.
78 km | 1200 m
Our final day on the bike takes us from our fantastic lodgings in Niseko to Sapporo, where our final night dinner and the Sapporo Beer await. An undulating course as we head east following a route deep through the stunning mountains and forests of Hokkaido. What a week of riding with approximately 680kms of cycling on some of the worlds best roads. Sapporo awaits and we will toast to an amazing week.
100 km | 1000 m