Higashikawa 1 Day Cycling TourGuided cycling tour
Follow your local guide as you pedal through rice fields, visit shrines, local artisans and food producers to immerse yourself in the serene beauty and small-town charm of our home town of Higashikawa.
Tour Duration1 Day
Minimum Travellers2 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?
- Anyone confident on a bike who enjoys riding on scenic bike friendly roads
- Active travellers who would enjoy cycling for more than 4 hours
- Curious travellers who love exploring the places they visit at a leisurely pace
The four seasons of Higashikawa
Ride with us through the four seasons 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 visible on the reflections of 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. But if you’re up for an adventure cycling through landscapes dusted in snow, you can count us in!
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.
Cycling Distance – 30 to 50 km / 19 to 31 miles
Tour Duration – 8 to 9 hours
Elevation – 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
- Waterproof jacket
- Fleece jacket or similar in case of cold weather
- Adequate footwear for cycling
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Personal medication
- Cycling gloves
- Bike & accessories
- First aid kit
- Spare bike parts and tools