Date and Time
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018
Island of Hokkaido,
Registration is required for this activity.
Please contact leader.
Our Japan adventure is a full immersion in Japanese culture and outdoor
activity! The 8 day, 7 night bicycle tour combines daily moderate
cycling (approximately 35 miles a day) through the rolling hills of
Central Hokkaido with total immersion in the Japanese culture, including
daily onsens (hot spring fed thermal baths) traditional Japanese Inns
(Royokans) and local, healthy Japanese cuisine. Well paved smooth roads,
very little traffic and breathtaking scenery make Hokkaido an
outstanding place to cycle. Our bikes are high end with choice of racing
style or flat handle bars. They are light weight with alloy frames and
carbon forks. Of course they have the Japanese made Shimano groupset.
July temperatures are in the mid 70s and the lavender and wildflower
fields are in full bloom! Our relaxed pace allows ample time for photo
stops and sight-seeing. Along our cycle route we stop at various
artists' studios and galleries to see potters, glass artists,
photographers and fiber artists. Our luggage is transported for us each
day between hotels so we can just enjoy riding our bikes. In addition to
cycling we will have a day of hiking up the highest mountain in
Hokkaido, Mt Asahi (7516 ft.) which is a volcano! We will also enjoy an
afternoon of rafting the crystal clear headwaters of the Sorachi River.
This trip is suitable for participants who can comfortably cycle 35
miles a day of moderate terrain. Elevation gain is about 1000 feet a day
except for Day 5 when we ride in Daisetsusan National Park to the base
of Mt. Asahi climbing about 1500 feet. We are self-sufficient and carry
our lunch/snacks with us or stop at a Ramen or Izakaya shop for lunch.
Participants are encouraged to know/learn basic bike maintenance skills
such as how to change a flat however it is not a prerequisite to
participate on the trip. Each morning when our luggage is picked up, the
van driver who is also a bike mechanic can tweek our bikes. If we have
difficulties of any kind during our ride he will be in the area with the
van and he is just a phone call away. The Van Driver/ Mechanic speaks
English and Japanese.
AMC Trip Policy
/ $2,995 non-member
*Includes lodging, most meals, bike rentals. Does not include airfare.