Posted on Oct 13, 2018
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200km

Distance

4 days

Time

1680m

Ascent

365m

Highest point

4/10

Difficulty

90%

Paved

NOTE: This route includes a gravel-road portion from Hobetsu Campground to Route 74 just north of Hobetsu central. Recent typhoons have damaged forestry roads in this area, so gravel roads may be roped off and/or impassible. Obey all signs posted.
This short three- to four-day cycle touring loop escapes Sapporo via the fantastic Shiroishi Cycling road, and heads southeast towards Yubari. Yuni Onsen is a mainstay; plan to eat there in the evening. Do this route in honey dew melon season (around August) and enjoy the cheap soils of the region from road-side stalls in Yubari. The route goes through Hobetsu, famous for dinosaur fossils. From Hobetsu campground to Mukawa, either challenge yourself to some nice forestry roads, or take the easier paved route.

Last updated Jun 3, 2019

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Like last year, we made the most of Golden Week this year here in Japan. Golden Week is the name given to a string of back-to-back national holidays in Japan. If the dates fall kindly (that is, don’t fall on a weekend), you can end up with up to 5 days of holiday. This year, the dates worked out such that we had four days off work: Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

We celebrated by going on a 200km cycle tour out and back from our front door, towards the south-east of Sapporo (the biggest city in Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan).

Many of our cycle trips in and out of Sapporo involve the awesome Shiroishi Cycling Road. This scenic cycle path cuts north to south from the Sapporo Convention Center all the way to Kitahiroshima Train Station (changing names from Shiroishi Cycling Road to Himawari (sunflower) Road to Elfin Cycling Road as you get closer to Kitahiroshima). If I happened to be cycling from Chitose Airport to Sapporo, I would take the slight detour and take this cycle way into Sapporo rather than the busy main road, as we recommend in our recommended routes for getting from Chitose Airport to Sapporo City, here.

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Sapporo Out-and-Back via Yubari Difficulty Rating

Category

Grade

Points

Strenuousness

Vertical Gain

D

25

Time ascending

D

0

Technicality

Altitude

D

0

Hazards

D

Navigation

D

Totals

25/100

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.