Posted on Sep 18, 2018
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Posted on Sep 18, 2018

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The Fuchs Loop (named after Dirk Fuchs who first 'discovered' the route), is an 80km loop mixed-road bikepacking route around the hills west of Sapporo. The main attraction is the 12km gravel/4WD/single-track route over the Zenibako Pass from Jozankei Lake to Zenibako on the Japan Sea coast. This Zenibako Pass route goes past Tokai University's character-filled Ginreiso Hut, which makes for a nice overnight stay in the woods. Distances are relatively short, however, so there's no reason you can't make this a daytrip too.

Last updated Jun 3, 2019

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Daily Stats
Day 1

↔ 50km | ↗ 1253m | 🚵 90% paved

Ginreiso Hut (銀嶺荘) | 800 yen per tent

Day 2

↔ 32km | ↗ 0m | 🚵 95% paved

General notes

Hut

Haruka-yama Ginreiso Hut (full details here)

Ginreiso Hut is owned by Tokai University (Sapporo Campus). It can take up to 50 people, and can be used year round (booking is required two working days in advance). There is a hutkeeper at the hut year-round also (although there are times when he is not present). Call Tokai Univesity on 011-571-5111 (in Japanese) for details and to book.

Route markers

There are sporadic markers and signs on trees along the gravel/hiking sections of the route, but they are all in Japanese and few and far between. Take care at junctions to check you’re going in the right direction.

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Physical maps

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

Route safety

Take care on the hiking trail sections of the route beyond the hut on the way down to Zenibako. This is not a particularly popular route with cyclists (even though there’s no restriction on bikes on the trails), but hikers won’t be expecting you. Also consider notifying the police of your backcountry plans online using Compass – instructions here.

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The Fuchs Loop Bikepacking Route 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.