This blog is about travelling through Japan on a foldable bicycle (Brompton) but also by train, ferry, plane, bus or any other transport, if sea, weather, mountains or the like come between me and my desire to ride.
I have tried to summarise information that could be potentially helpful also for other bicycle travellers through Japan, such as list of bicycle roads, helpful web pages etc. Once I start my ride, I will upload the actual routes taken, together with some pictures and description.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Hokkaido - possible routes

Route Wakkanai - Rumoi ⇒ 4 days, 180 km
  • Flight to Wakkanai
  • Ride bicycle to Rumoi, 180 km, flat, along the coast
  • Accommodation:
    • Hotels available in Teshio (70 km, totally flat) , Shosanbetsu (40 km, some up and down), Tomamae (30 km, up and down), Rumoi (40 km, flat)
    • Toho yado are specially recommended. There are 4 along this route. 
  • Attractions: Along the sea
  • Train from Rumoi to Sapporo (2:30 h)
    • If instead one wants to continue to Sapporo from Fukagawa to Sunagawa there is a cycle road and then again one from Ishikari River along Toyohira River to Sapporo.
Here the link to the actual ride from Wakkanai to Rumoi. It took 4.5 days.

Route Sapporo - Furano ⇒ 2 days, 115 km
  • Ride bicycle from Sapporo through Takikawa to Furano
    • See Garmin HOK Sapporo - Furano
      • Note cycle road along Toyohira River out of Sapporo
    • Flat until Akabira (90 km from Sapporo), then slightly rising until a hight of about 120 m
    • Over the montain by train
      • Train from Nokana to Furano (20 min)
  • Accommodation:
    • Many hotels available until Takikawa and also some in Furano
  • Attractions: 

Route Furano - Asahikawa ⇒ 1 - 2 days, 60 km
  • Ride bicycle from Furano through Biei to Asahikawa
  • Accommodation: 
    • Furano, Biei, Asahikawa
  • Attractions:

Route Chitose Airport - Sapporo - Otaru ⇒ 1 + 1 day, 60 km bicycle + train
  • Flight to Chitose
  • Ride bicycle from Chitose to Sapporo, through Kaitaku open air museum and then maybe by train from Sapporo to Otaru
    • Note Shiroshi cycling road from Sapporo to Kitahiroshima (see also pictures below)
    • See Garmin HOK Chitose - Sapporo 
      • 60 km, flat, but once up to 100 m
    • See Garmin HOK Sapporo - Otaru
      • 35 km, from 0 m to 100 m , plus one spike at 200 m, but road could potentially quite full of traffic and there are no alternatives
      • Maybe better to take a train, which goes right on the seaside, ca 50 min
  • Accomodation
    • Sapporo and Otaru
  • Attractions:
I did ride a part of the Sapporo - Kitahiroshima bicycle lane. You can find the description of the ride here, and below the images of the maps:

Entire map from Sapporo to Atsubetsu Minami Green Space (see below for detailed pictures)

Sapporo to Minoru Park

Minoru Park to Sapporo Shindo

Sapporo Shindo to Atsubetsu Minami Green Space

Route Chitose - Shikotsu Lake and back  ⇒ 1 - 2 days, 80 km (total) bicycle 

Special accommodation in Hokkaido:

Alternative routes

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