Posted on Jun 21, 2019
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Posted on Jun 21, 2019

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This is the classic bike ride around the perimeter of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) in southwestern Hokkaido. This beautiful lake is surely one of Japan's most pristine, with amazing views of the surrounding mountains the whole way round. For the most part, cyclists will be on quiet one-lane roads with very little traffic, or on a separated cycle path. At no point are cyclists forced to use the main road if they don't want to. This would be a great challenging adventure for kids, with plenty of parks along the way for breaks. There are multiple campgrounds and hotsprings around the lake too.

Last updated Mar 23, 2020

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This is not a marked cycle route, but just keep to the road closest to the lake, and you can’t get lost.

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

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This trip was a late spring (or early summer?) overnight camp on the shores of Lake Toya. It was a plan hatched by Alex, I believe. So we hired a car and filled it up with camping gear and folding bikes, and headed southwest from Sapporo City to the lake. This was after work on Friday, so we got to the campground relatively late after leaving Sapporo at around 5pm. Alex and Simon were already there. Rick, Jeff, and Karissa all arrived even later than we did. The next day consisted of cycling, lounging around, and enjoying BBQ food. 

Our campground for the night: Nakatoya Campground (仲洞爺キャンプ場, 450yen per person).
Onsen: There’s an onsen right over the road from the campground – the Nakatoya Onsen (仲洞爺温泉, 420yen per person).

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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.