Jozankei Nature Village Overnight Cycle Tour

Posted on Jun 1, 2013
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Posted on Jun 1, 2013

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One of Sapporo's best kept secrets is the Jozankei Nature Village (定山渓自然の村). Here, we cycle from the bustle of central Sapporo City to this oasis of calm and serenity, tucked into the valley below the Jozan Lake (定山湖). There are campsites, log cabins, and yurt-like tent houses. They're all beautifully maintained, and extraordinarily good value for money. Wood-fired pizza ovens are also available for use. Above the nature village is the impressive Hoheikyo Gorge Dam (豊平峡ダム), accessible on foot through a series of road tunnels.

Last updated Nov 15, 2018

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This not a marked cycle route. From central Sapporo it follows the Toyohira River Cycleway, then a number of un-named river-side paths. From the upper Makomanai area to Koganeyu Onsen just before Jozankei, the route takes a beautiful back road that is much quieter than the main 4-lane Route 230.

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

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It has been far too long since we did this particular ride – I’m posting this almost 5 years after the fact. Since then, we’ve been to the Jozankei Nature Village multiple times. At least once a year. It is such a lovely place. The most recently (October 2018), we finally got around to hiring a wood-fired pizza oven (1,000yen for 2 hours – wood included). We brought pizza ingredients from home, including pre-prepared dough. The nature village staff got the oven going, and we took care of the rest. Great fun. The ovens can be booked ahead of time. Details (in Japanese) here: https://www.sj-naturevillage.jp/program/

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Jozankei Nature Village Overnight Cycle Tour Difficulty Rating

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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.