Last updated Oct 26, 2018
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This cycleway links Chitose City and Lake Shikotsu, about 50km south of Sapporo City.
Most cyclists will probably start from the Chitose end, but it is possible to link this cycle road up with the Sapporo-Shikotsu-ko ‘cycle road’ (which is actually just a sidewalk next to the main road) to create a nice long day trip. An equally appealing option might be to make it a day trip from Chitose to the lake and back again, with a nice swim in the middle; Lake Shikotsu is undoubtedly one of the cleanest lakes in Japan. What you see floating on the surface of the lake is natural pumice; Lake Shikotsu is a volcanic lake. Below are some other Hokkaido Wilds route guides that utilize this cycleway.
The cycleway is well-marked.
The route is all uphill on the way from Chitose to the Lake, so bank on between 2-3 hours to the lake, and about 2 hours on the way back to Chitose.
Shikotsu Village is home to a number of excellent onsen. Lake Shikotsu Kyuka-no-Mura (支笏湖休暇の村, here) is the cheapest, but we recommend the very up-market Mizu-no-Uta onsen (水の歌, here). An onsen on its own here is about 1,000yen, so their 2,000yen buffet lunch and onsen set is a pretty good deal. So consider booking ahead and treating yourself (NOTE: The price indicated on the Japanese page is 2,000yen, on the English page it says 3,240yen…we’ve only ever paid 2,000yen).
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