Hokkaido Cycle Touring: A free resource
GPS route maps, downloadable GPS route files, photos, and more. A repository of open-source Hokkaido cycle touring and bikepacking information in English.
Hokkaido is Japan’s northern-most island and largest prefecture. Far, far away from the madding crowds of more southern climes, Hokkaido lives up to it’s frontier roots. Wild forests, long, wide open roads. Capes and offshore islands that feel like the end of the world. Almost half of the year, Hokkaido slips into a beautiful, deep winter slumber (with its own joys). During the summer months, from around the end of May till the beginning of November, the island becomes a mecca for cycle tourists wanting to get off the beaten track in Japan.
510km | ↑ 4,600m | 7-13 days
Highlights: Rishiri and Rebun Islands, Wakkanai, Japan’s northern-most point.
350km | ↑ 4,110m | 5-7 days
Highlights: Shiretoko National Park (World Heritage Site), Five Lakes area, Shiretoko Pass, Lake Kussharo.
635km | ↑ 7,250m | 10-15 days
Highlights: Cape Kiritappu, Kushiro Wetlands, re-crested cranes, Tokachi Plains, Hidaka mountains.
400km | ↑ 3,500m | 5-10 days
Highlights: Okushiri Island (tsunami history), Matsumae (settlement history), Hakodate City.
330km | ↑ 4,300m | 4-8 days
Highlights: Ocean swimming, seaside campgrounds, Niseko hotsprings, Mt. Yotei, Lake Toya.
540km | ↑ 8,417m | 7-8 days
Highlights: Wilds rivers, Daisetsu mountain range, gravel roads, Shikaribetsu Gorge wild onsen.
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