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Japan Far North: Days 12 & 13 (Mashita to Hamanasu to Sapporo)

Posted on Aug 22, 2013
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Our last two days on the road on this 2013 summer vacation cycling trip were a bit of a blur. The highway connecting Sapporo to Rumoi along the coast is a whirlwind of tunnels interspersed with little nuggets of coast.

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Lots of tunnels along the coast towards Hamamasu, Hokkaido, JapanWaterfall near Hamamasu, Hokkaido, JapanRoadside stalls lured us in with their delicious wares such as freshly steamed sweetcorn and watermelon.

More watermelon snacks (Ishikari City, Japan)We made the dash from Hamanasu to Sapporo in one day, despite planning on splitting it up into two days. A tiring 80km into a headwind later, we finally arrived back home after a fantastic two weeks and 600km cycle-exploring the far north of Japan – Rishiri and Rebun Islands, Wakkanai and surrounds.

Lots of tunnels along the coast towards Hamamasu, Hokkaido, Japan

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2 thoughts on “Japan Far North: Days 12 & 13 (Mashita to Hamanasu to Sapporo)”

  1. Yeah, lots of tunnels between Sapporo and Hamanasu. Some have a raised path (just) wide enough to ride on, but on most we rode on the main traffic lane, pulling over when necessary for following traffic. It was a hot day, so the cool tunnel air was a relief. The longest tunnel was close to 5km.
    Following the river path out of Sapporo was awesome.
    The campground at Hamanasu is basic but has everything you need – toilets, water, an outdoor shower, and access to power. Seicomart is across the road. But the highlight is the delicious onsen 4km from the campground. One of the best we visited.

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Japan Far North: Days 12 & 13 (Mashita to Hamanasu to Sapporo) 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.