Distance: 62km | Ascent: 480m | Paved: 100% | ↓ GPX file
The start of this route is accessible by JR express train from Sapporo (or Hakodate), and begins at the express-train-stop station of Oshamambe. The old station is horrifically non-accessible, so be prepared to haul bikes and gear along platforms and up stairs. The route heads up and over the narrow piece of land that separates the Pacific Ocean and the Japan Sea, but the climb is not particularly steep. There isn’t much in the way of facilities on the way over until Imakane Town, so be prepared. The sell-appointed Setana Campground (with showers), up on a high headland is a beautiful (if not exposed) spot to catch the evening and morning sunset/sunrises.
Accommodation: Setana Campground at Risshozan Park (せたな青少年旅行村) | 820 yen per tent | 410 yen per person
Onsen: Setana Public Baths (せたな公衆浴場やすらぎ館) | 400yen | 3km from accommodation