Goose-watching Cycle Tour to Miyajima Pond (short version)

Posted on Oct 13, 2018
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Posted on Oct 13, 2018
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Reading time: 2 min
140km

Distance

4 days

Time

560m

Ascent

67m

Highest point

2/10

Difficulty

100%

Paved

This is a 140km shorter version of the 300km round-trip cycle tour from Sapporo to Miyajima Pond northeast of Sapporo City. It makes for a very leisurely one-, two- or three-night cycle trip to escape the metropolis, without having to use any transport other than bicycle. In early spring or late autumn, Miyajima Pond is home to tens of thousands of migratory geese. Seeing them all take off in unison at daybreak is breathtaking.

Last updated Oct 26, 2018

Route Map

Route Overview

Golden Week (early May) in Hokkaido can be a real pot-luck when it comes to the weather. When we first scouted out this route from Sapporo to Miyajima Pond, it ended up being a cold, wet, and wild Golden Week. Hence all the wet- and cold-looking photos in this route guide. We even still had mounds of snow lying around. But the geese didn’t care – they were still making a stop off at Miyajima Pond in their tens of thousands, on their way back up to Siberia for the summer.

This route guide is a shortened version of a Sapporo out-and-back route that goes via Miyajima Pond, but heads further north still. That route guide is here. In this guide, we utilize Toyohira and Ishikari River stopbanks on the way there to get out of Sapporo City, and then return via the Naganuma Plains.

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Daily Route notes

↔ 38km | ↗ 101m | 🚵 100% paved | ↓ GPX file

45km along the Toyohira River Cycle Path and then the Ishikari River Cycle Path/stop-bank road. The campground is right next to Airis Onsen(アイリス温泉, costs 400円)and Shinotsu Lake(しのつ湖 ). Campground opens 1st May, and costs 300yen per person per night, plus 1000yen per tent (second tent is 500yen).

Accommodation: Shinotsu Park Campground (しのつ公園キャンプ場) | 1000 yen per tent | 300 yen per person

Man on a mamachari Japanese bicycle (Sapporo, Japan)_8713239808_l

↔ 18km | ↗ 50m | 🚵 100% paved | ↓ GPX file

Lake Shinotsu to Tsukigata (near Bibai City) 21km along Ishikari river stopbank road. If the weather is good, cycle around Miyajima-numa, a migration point for wild geese and other birds. Camp at the Tukigata Kairaku Park Campground (月形皆楽公園キャンプ場, 200yen per person per night). Campground is right next to Tsukigata Yurikago Onsen (月形温泉ゆりかご, 500yen).

Onsen: Tsukigata Onsen Yurikago (月形温泉ゆりかご) | 500yen | 0.5km from accommodation

No Rice, No Life sign (Tsukigata, Hokkaido, Japan)_8712109441_l

↔ 46km | ↗ 170m | 🚵 100% paved | ↓ GPX file

After seeing the geese leaving at sunrise at Miyajima-numa, head back down the Ishikari River stopbank road, then onto the Yubari River cycling road at Ebetsu, end up at the Maoi Auto-land campground in Naganuma Town. The campground is near Higashi Teien (large Japanese garden). Campground costs include a half-price onsen ticket.

Accommodation: Maoi Autoland (マオイオートランド) | 510 yen per tent | 1020 yen per person

Onsen: Naganuma Onsen (ながぬま温泉) | 600yen | 0.35km from accommodation

Photographers and migrating geese at Miyajima-numa (Tsukigata Town, Hokkaido, Japan)_8712103479_l

↔ 39km | ↗ 215m | 🚵 100% paved | ↓ GPX file

Back to Sapporo City central via the Shiroishi Cycling road (route guide here).

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Wet downhill bicycle ride on the Elfin cycling Road (Kitahiroshima,_8713222312_l

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Goose-watching Cycle Tour to Miyajima Pond (short version)

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