Around Daisetsuzan 7 Day Cycling TourMulti-day Guided Cycling Tour from Shirogane Onsen
Discover the majestic mountains, lush forests, stunning lakes and thermal springs of Daisetsuzan National Park on two wheels on this multi day Hokkaido guided cycling tour.
Tour Duration7 Days
Minimum Travellers4 People
Tour StartsShirogane Onsen
Included Meals6 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners
- Cycle through the best of Hokkaido’s high country roads
- Travel on the backroads through the rolling hills of Biei and Furano
- Relax in Hokkaido’s prominent hot spring resorts, including Shirogane Onsen & Sounkyo Gorge
- Cycle over the scenic Mikuni Pass, Hokkaido’s highest National Road
About Daisetsuzan National Park
This guided cycling tour takes place in and around the Daisetsuzan National Park, the largest national park in Japan. Popular with hikers and cyclists from all over the country, the Daisetsuzan area is a perfect destination to explore Hokkaido’s wild and rugged beauty. Starting from Shirogane Onsen at the base of the active volcano Mt. Tokachi, this guided cycling tour covers approximately 354km over 7 days on roads less travelled. Experience real Hokkaido powered by your two legs.
Who is this tour for?
- Fit cyclists who love riding on mountainous terrain
- Experienced riders who enjoy cycle touring average distances of 70km/40+ miles per day
- Curious travellers who love staying in local accommodation with natural hot springs on site
Around Daisetsuzan Cycling Tour Itinerary at a Glance
*B: Breakfast D: Dinner
Day 1 Meet in Shirogane Onsen, Biei (D)
Day 2 Cycle to Furano – 77km/48miles (B,D)
Day 3 Cycle to Sahoro – 75km/47miles (B,D)
Day 4 Cycle to Lake Nukabira – 72km/45miles (B,D)
Day 5 Cycle to Sounkyo – 53km/33miles (B,D)
Day 6 Cycle to Asahikawa – 67km/42miles (B,D)
Day 7 Finish after breakfast in Asahikawa (B)
This tour is operated in conjunction with Cycling Japan.
Tour InclusionsItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
- 6 nights accommodation on twin share basis
- 6 breakfasts & 6 dinners
- Rental bike (hybrid with flat handlebars or road with drop bar handlebars)
- Other bike accessories (See the equipment section on “Trip Details” page)
- All transport as described in the itinerary
- Snacks and refreshments
- English speaking local guide(s)
- Spare parts and mechanic services
- Support vehicle
Not includedItems that are not included in the cost of tour price.
- Personal expenses
- Drinks with included meals
Meet your group in Shirogane Onsen
We meet at 6:00 pm at our hotel in Shirogane Onsen and prepare ourselves for the following 6 days of adventure by going over the tour details and have and fitting our bikes before dinner. The first night’s accommodation will be in Shirogane Onsen, located at the foot of Mt. Tokachi, an active volcano.
If you plan on arriving at Shirogane Onsen earlier in the afternoon, we recommend exploring Shirahige Waterfall and Biei River (also known as Blue River), which are both conveniently located in the village. We also recommend walking down the 2km forested trail to Fudo Waterfall (Fudonotaki). (D)
Cycle from Shirogane Onsen to Furano
Today’s ride starts with a pleasant downhill ride along a beautiful road lined with Hokkaido silver birch trees and head towards Biei town. Biei is well-known for its picturesque landscape featuring rolling hills and vast crop fields, often likened to Tuscany. The rolling terrain makes for great cycling as we warm up our legs.
We will visit a few of the iconic Biei destinations along the way, such as Shikisai-no-Oka Flower Park and the famous ”Christmas Tree”, standing alone on the top of a hill. After lunch we will also visit a local lavender farm before we continue riding to our accommodation in Furano. (B, D)
Cycling Distance – 77 km / 48 miles
Elevation – 600m / 1970ft
Cycle from Furano to Sahoro
Setting out from Furano, we will ride through flat farmland and then gradually start climbing into the mountains alongside the Sorachi River. The road eventually climbs to Lake Kanayama, where we can cycle along the lakeshore. One of our favourite rest areas is located by the lake where you can hear the sound of songbirds.
At the eastern end of the lake, we will stop at a “Roadside Station” for lunch. The station is a rest area with parking, restaurants, and shops. We recommend filling up on food, recharging yourself for the afternoon climb. We will climb to our first mountain pass of the trip “Karikachi Pass”, which is known for its magnificent views of the vast Tokachi Plains. (B, D)
Cycling Distance – 75 km / 47 miles
Elevation – 700m / 2,300ft
Cycle from Sahoro to Lake Nukabira
This morning we will cycle through the hills on the edge of the Tokachi Plains, with a short morning tea break at a local Roadside Station. Our journey will continue through the Tokachi farmland and on to Shirakaba Pass, where we enter the Daisetsuzan National Park. Lake Shikaribetsu, at 810m / 2,657ft above sea level, awaits after conquering the pass.
After lunch by the lake, we will ride along the lakeshore before climbing beside a mountain stream then descending to Lake Nukabira at 525m / 1,722ft. This evening we will be staying at a historic hotel that has been renovated into a modern Japanese-style inn run by a friendly, local family. Make sure you hit the outdoor onsen and enjoy a relaxing soak under the star-filled skies! (B, D)
Cycling Distance – 72 km / 45 miles
Elevation – 1,200m / 3,940ft
Cycle to Sounkyo Gorge
Today is a big day! Today we will take on the challenge of Mikuni Toge Pass, the highest National Road in Hokkaido at an elevation of 1,139m / 3,736ft. We will ride along a Silver Birch lined road from Lake Nukabira to the foot of the pass. Several bridges along the climb give expansive views over the valley we just cycled up and the scenery is some of the best of the trip. We will then stop for lunch at the lookout to take in the fantastic views of the Kumaneshiri mountain range and the dense woodland at its foothills.
After lunch, we cross the pass and have a rewarding 24km ride downhill to the finishing point of the day at the entrance to Sounkyo gorge.
For the last 10km, we will travel in our van as there are a series of dark and narrow tunnels on the route. Our accommodation will be in Sounkyo Onsen, a hot spring resort village known for its scenic surroundings. We highly recommend wandering over to Sounkyo Gorge and marvel at the waterfalls cascading down cliff faces formed by columnar joint rocks. Enjoy a night in the village and re-energise yourself with a soak in the healing waters of the hot springs. (B, D)
Cycling Distance – 53km / 33miles
Elevation – 800m / 2.625ft
Cycle to Asahikawa
This morning we will say goodbye to Daisetsuzan National Park and cycle towards Asahikawa City. We continue along the Ishikari River, Hokkaido’s longest river at 268km / 167 miles in length. We will enjoy a leisurely ride on the flat purpose-built cycling road alongside the river that takes us directly to the centre of the city.
To celebrate the end of the trip, we will head to one of the local sake (rice wine) breweries. The region is well-known for its rice production and high-quality spring water, making it the perfect location to produce award-winning sake. We will learn about the brewing process of sake, and sample some of the sake produced on site. (B, D)
Cycling Distance – 67 km / 42 miles
Elevation – 300m / 984ft
Finish in Asahikawa
The tour will wrap up after breakfast. Our hotel is conveniently located near Asahikawa JR Station, from where you can take a train to Sapporo, as well as the airport shuttle to Asahikawa Airport. (B)
Please note that the stroke on the map doesn’t indicate the actual cycling routes.
Travel to the Meeting Point
Our guide will meet you at 6:00pm at the hotel in Shirogane Onsen. Closest airport is Asahikawa Airport (AKJ). You can take a free shuttle bus from Asahikawa Airport to Shirogane Onsen. This bus departs at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm and takes about 40 minutes.
Alternatively, you can also take a direct bus from Asahikawa JR Station to Shirogane Onsen, which takes 77 min. The bus departs 4 times a day, from 8:35am to 4:35pm. The cost is JPY 1,220 per person.
You can search train timetable in English on Japan Transit Planner website.
Around Daisetsuzan Cycling Tour Accommodation
|DAY 1||Hotel||Ensuite||Onsen spa|
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|DAY 4||Ryokan||In-room toilet
Shower in onsen
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|DAY 6||Hotel||Ensuite||Onsen spa|
What to Bring on your Around Daisetsuzan Cycling Tour
- Adequate high visibility cycling clothing
- Padded cycling shorts (your bum will thank you)
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Fleece jacket or similar in case of cold weather
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Personal medication
- Travel insurance
- Cash in Japanese yen. Small restaurants and shops in rural parts of Japan do not accept credit cards. Lunch in general costs 1,000-1,500 yen and dinner 2,000-3,000 yen. You can withdraw cash from ATMs at post offices and 7-eleven convenience stores.
- Your passport. Accommodation providers are required to take a photocopy of the international guests’ passports and you will be asked to show it when checking in.
- Cycling shoes
- Cycling gloves. We can provide these if required.
- Your own helmet, seat and pedals; we supply these but nothing is more comfortable than your own gear!
- Water bottle or hydration system. We provide a cycling water bottle, but you may prefer your own set up.
- Rental bike, a road bike or a hybrid bike of your choice
- A helmet if needed. It is compulsory to wear one on our tour.
- Front bag for hybrid bike (8L volume), or
- Seat post bag for road bike (6L volume)
- Spare tube, tyre levers, multi tool, pump, and flat patches are placed in the bag
- All the bikes are equipped with front and rear lights, and cycle computers
- Support vehicle
- Water and snacks
- First aid kit
Rental bike & equipment on your Around Daisetsuzan Cycling Tour