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Shiretoko Loop Tour Day 8: Odaito to Nijibetsu

Posted on Aug 8, 2012
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It is worth noting that the sun rises at 4am at this time of the year. Which means that for cycling, we’re on the road by around 5:30am. So that means breakfast at 5am, second breakfast at 9am, lunch at noon, and dinner at 5pm, with bedtime at around 7:30pm.

In any case, much of today’s scenery reminded us a lot of the Taranaki region in the North Island of New Zealand. Lots of dairy farms. And, with so much of the year shrouded in winter, this time of year is prime grass-growing time.

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Odaito is well known for its sunrises. This was the best this morning’s one could muster.

Sunrise over the Notsuke Peninsula (Otaido, Japan)

It is worth noting that the sun rises at 4am at this time of the year. Which means that for cycling, we’re on the road by around 5:30am. So that means breakfast at 5am, second breakfast at 9am, lunch at noon, and dinner at 5pm, with bedtime at around 7:30pm.

In any case, much of today’s scenery reminded us a lot of the Taranaki region in the North Island of New Zealand. Lots of dairy farms. And, with so much of the year shrouded in winter, this time of year is prime grass-growing time.

Dairy farms near Nijibetsu (Hokkaido, Japan)36

Dairy farms near Nijibetsu (Hokkaido, Japan) Dairy farms near Nijibetsu (Hokkaido, Japan)

Dairy farms near Nijibetsu (Hokkaido, Japan)

And while we didn’t see any cows on the road, signs warned us to keep an eye out.

Dairy farms near Nijibetsu (Hokkaido, Japan)

Our campsite for tonight was the very well appointed Nijibetsu Auto Camp. The plan was to camp. But it was raining. So we got a bungalo instead. We felt all very colonial.

Dinner was a little different this time. Vegetarian curry. It was my turn to cook. And to try to look staunch whilst doing so.

Dinner at the Nijibetsu Autocamp (Nijibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan) Good facilities at the Nijibetsu Autocamp (Nijibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan)

We avoided the rain and got a bungalow for the night at the Nijibetsu Autocamp (Nijibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan)

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Distance: 61km | Time on bikes: 4h 00m | Average speed: 15.2km/h | Bears: 0
Financials: Food: 5,676yen | Accommodation: 3,150yen | Laundry: 400yen

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1 thought on “Shiretoko Loop Tour Day 8: Odaito to Nijibetsu”

  1. Thanks for the route guide. Lovely quiet flattish roads, past the dairy farms. We camped at the Nijibetsu campground. It’s one of the best I’ve seen, with grassy tent sites, cabins, covered cooking area, coin laundry, coin showers, and a lounge. Some other campers shared their salmon with us. Yum!

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