Higashikawa 1 Day Cycling TourGuided day tour from Asahikawa
Follow your local guide as you pedal through rice fields, visit a shrine, and local artisans to immerse yourself in the serene beauty and small-town charm of our home town of Higashikawa.
We are no longer taking bookings for this tour
Our team at Adventure Hokkaido is still small and, due to high demand for tours, our guides have little availability for the foreseeable future.
For this reason, we have decided to stop offering day tours for the time being and focus our energy on our Multi-day Guided Tours. As our team grows, we hope to offer day tours again in the future.
For customers who have already booked for this summer, we will still honour your existing booking.
Tour Duration1 Day
Minimum Travellers4 People
Included Meals1 Lunch
- Cycle along the Chubetsu River while taking in stunning views of Lake Chubetsu and the Daisetsuzan mountains.
- Get an authentic perspective on Japanese rural life from your local English speaking guide.
- Enjoy lunch prepared by locals using locally produced ingredients.
- Visit a master craftsman’s wood workshop.
Proudly known as the “Town of Photography”, Higashikawa is blessed with breathtaking natural landscapes. With a population of just over 8,000, Higashikawa is situated within half an hour from Central Asahikawa or Asahikawa Airport and is set amongst at a patchwork of rice paddies against the backdrop of Daisetsuzan Mountains. Two wheels, not four, is definitely the best way to explore Higashikawa and we can’t wait to share our Hokkaido hometown with you.
Who is this tour for?
- Active travellers who enjoy cycling for 3 to 5 hours a day.
- Curious travellers who enjoy a mixture of activities & sightseeing and learning about the regions they visit.
What is the best time to cycle in Higashikawa?
Ride with us and experience the seasonal beauty of Higashikawa. From May to October, discover the rich spectacle of farming in the region such as rice planting. One of our favourite times of the year is early May when the snow capped mountains can be seen in the distance and the colours of the sky are reflected in the water-filled rice paddies. July and August are our warmest months where you can enjoy the sound of cicadas while cycling through lush greenery. From August to September, the rice fields turn gold, making for spectacular photos. After harvest season in late September, the arrival of autumn sets the trees ablaze with colour. Temperatures begin to drop in October with light snowfall in the mountains. For many, November is too cold to cycle outside. We swap our bikes for skis and snowshoes to make the most of Hokkaido’s winter.
Guided cycling in Higashikawa
Kick off your adventure at 8am with a convenient hotel pick up service or at a pre-arranged location in Central Asahikawa before heading out to Higashikawa in our vehicle.
After a bike fitting and safety briefing, together with your English speaking guide set off for the bike trail along the Chubetsu River and cycle to Lake Chubetsu. Enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Asahidake while crossing the crest of the dam overlooking the lake. It’s one of our favourite spots! In the early afternoon, we’ll stop off for lunch at our favourite local restaurant and then pay a visit to a master craftsman’s workshop to learn about the town’s unique wooden handicrafts. We wrap up the tour at 4pm and drop you off back at your hotel or where requested before 5pm.
If the weather is unsuitable for cycling, we will visit the mentioned locations by car and offer an alternative activity such as walking to Hagoromo Waterfall and dipping our feet in a natural hot spring.
– 30 to 50 km / 19 to 31 miles
– 8 to 9 hours
– 480m / 1,575 ft
Rental bike & equipment on your Higashikawa 1 day cycling tour
On booking please provide us with your height so we may reserve the most suitable bicycle available. Our rental bikes are a model R-HC of Scheidegg series produced by a Japanese outdoor equipment manufacturer and retailer, mont-bell. It is a lightweight road bike composed of an aluminum alloy frame with a carbon fork with 22-speed gear shifters. We allocate bikes either with drop handlebars or flat handlebars, depending on the size available. Along with the bike, we provide a helmet, a front bag, and saddle cover to provide you with the most comfort.
What to bring on your Higashikawa 1 Day Cycling Tour
- Adequate high visibility cycling clothing
- Adequate footwear for cycling
- Waterproof jacket
- Fleece jacket or similar in case of cold weather
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Personal medications
- Travel insurance
- Padded cycling shorts (your bum will thank you)
- Cycling gloves
- Familiar snacks to eat during cycling
- Bike & accessories
- First aid kit
- Spare bike parts and tools