Camper-cycling in Furano-Biei

Posted on Jul 30, 2017
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Posted on Jul 30, 2017

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The Furano and Asahikawa Plains are a popular destination for tourists to Hokkaido. They are rimmed by the vast Daisetsu Mountain Range to the southeast, and the Furano Range to the northwest. Hordes of visitors from Asia journey here to experience lavender fields, onsen, and a vastness of developed farmland scenery quite rare anywhere else in Japan. With a developed network of official cycle routes, the area is also one of the best for cycle touring in Hokkaido. In this guide, we join my parents from New Zealand on a tour around the area – them in a campervan, us on bikes.

Last updated Jun 3, 2019

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This two-day cycle tour around the Furano area doesn’t stick much to the official cycle routes in the area. However, it does merge with some of the mapped routes, so you’ll ocassionally see blue arrows painted on the roads for cyclists. See all the Furano-Biei Cycleways here >>

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Explore the official Japan topomaps online for the area around Furano-Biei here. Follow these instructions to print out the area you would like as a hardcopy.

Route safety

No particular notes, but do take care that you have all the neccessary supplies and water from Furano for the climb up to the Tokachi Onsen area on the first day. There’s nothing up there in the way of convenience stores, and it is a long stiff climb.

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4 thoughts on “Camper-cycling in Furano-Biei”

  1. Hi Robert
    First of all, great site and thank you for detailing your trips with useful information for others to follow.
    With regards to the mini-camper van website, the link is stale and I could not get to the website. So, I did a quick search on google map and found this (https://goo.gl/maps/cH2tY1gBNQt). Can you confirm if this is the correct one and if they are still in business (seems like their website either moved or has been shut down). Or, alternatively, if you can recommend any other rental company in Sapporo or the Chitose area. We are looking for a mini-camper (like the one high lighted in this article) preferably.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Hey thanks for an awesome trip and great guiding advice. We love the pics too – great for our photo album 🙂
    Scott and karolin
    Ps when are u folding your bikes and bringing them to sweden??

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Camper-cycling in Furano-Biei Difficulty Rating

Category

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25

Time ascending

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Hazards

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Navigation

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Totals

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GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.