Goose-watching Cycle Tour to Miyajima Pond

Posted on May 11, 2017
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Posted on May 11, 2017

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In late-April and early-May, thousands upon thousands of migratory geese make a stop-off at Miyajima Pond at the western reaches of Bibai City, just 50km northeast of Sapporo City. This happens to be around the time of the Golden-Week public holidays in Japan. This makes for a perfect excuse for an uber-extended weekend cycle tour of up to four or five days. The weather can be very changeable at this time of the year – in 2013 we did a similar trip out this way, and had rain almost every day. During the trip this year, we had scorchingly hot weather. But if you manage to catch the geese at the peak of their population, it can be a spectacular sight.

Last updated May 13, 2020

Route Map

Route Overview

Here, I outline a 5-day, leisurely bicycle touring route around the Iwamizawa-plains area northeast of Sapporo City in Hokkaido, Japan. The route starts and ends in central Sapporo – there’s no need to take public transport on this trip. While the main draw of this route is the migratory geese at Miyajima Pond – only there during the end of April and start of May – the trip can be enjoyed year-round (so long as you have proper snow-cycling gear in the winter). You’ll experience some of the classic topography of the relatively developed area to the northeast of Sapporo – home to intensive agriculture, rivers, and sleepy traffic-free side roads. The route could easily be shortened to be completed in a three-day weekend, or even just an overnighter if just visiting the pond.

Daily Route notes

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2 thoughts on “Goose-watching Cycle Tour to Miyajima Pond”

  1. Great post as usual, Rob. Thanks for sharing!

    It’s weird being finally home and then reading about yet another one of your adventures. It feels like I should still be living on the road!

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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.