Hokkaido, Japan Cycling Week

Bikestyle Tours Japan Cycling Week 2015
Niseko, Hokkaido

Experience great cycling along quiet, smooth country roads, enjoying Japanese hospitality and culture with fantastic accommodation and cuisine.

 

 

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Sunday, 6 September to Sunday, 13 September, 2015
Start/Finish: Sapporo Chitose Airport
Accommodation: Luxury condominiums (twin share basis)
Group Size: Maximum 15 people (2 Staff)
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non-Cyclists
Cost: A$TBC (US$TBC)
Deposit: A$1000.00 (US$800.00)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.
Single Supplement: A$TBC (US$TBC)

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Optional Extras:  

Highlights:

  • Luxury condominiums in the heart of Niseko Hirafu Resort

Who is this trip for?

A special 7 day cycling journey taking in the best Hokkaido has to offer. Experience riding along quiet country roads, Japanese hospitality and culture combined with fantastic luxury accommodation and traditional Japanese and International cuisine. Our Japan Cycling Week is designed for those who are after an unique cycling experience.

Niseko- Hirafu is a mountain resort village which has become world renown for is huge winter snowfalls. While the international focus for Niseko has been winter, what the Japanese have always known is the attractions of Niseko and Hokkaido in summer. With mild temperatures, wide open spaces, great food, clean air and rivers add to this almost unlimited miles of hot mix on uncrowded roads through farms and over mountains and you have a road cycling paradise.

Bikestyle Tours and Hokkaido Tracks have teamed up to offer an amazing road cycling experience with our fully guided tour offering a mix of flat and hilly rides during the week, each day will have the option of a long (80 – 120km) or shorter ride (40-60km) to cater for all levels of cyclists. The week will be about enjoying your cycling, challenging yourself and learning a little more about cycling.

Our trips are geared to suit anyone with an interest in Cycling, we cater for cyclists of all abilities by providing riding options each day. To enjoy our trips you don’t need to be an athlete, but do need to be someone who cycles regularly and in good health. Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people who feel like a challenge, or an easy day enjoying the scenery. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.

Local Japanese Features:

Food – The Japanese obsession with quality food make the eating experience in Japan remarkable Japanese and International cuisine, using local Hokkaido produce is
exceptional. From our welcoming night Japanese BBQ through to a fine dining in Niseko at world class restaurants with wines to match – the cuisine will be truly memorable feature of this trip.

Japanese Onsen (hot spring)Onsens Another Japanese national pastime is the “onsen”. Natural hot spring water in a range of settings are one of the the major attractions of the Niseko area (long before skiing became popular). There are few experiences better than a onsen after a day in the saddle, the cold plunge pool after a the hot spring bath is better than a massage if you are up for the shock.

Hospitality: Experience the famous Japanese hospitality, not only from you hosts but also locals whom you will meet each day, in shops, on the road at night in the restaurants and cafes. Bikestyle and Hokkaido Tracks combine to provide a expert and seamless cycling holiday and japanese experience.

Golf: For those partial to swinging the clubs, Golf at one of various championship quality local courses is available most afternoons, club rental is available. We have also included an afternoon Park Golf event for everyone to enjoy.

Fishing: The rivers around Niseko are famous in Japan for the quality of the fishing. Salmon and Yamame (native Japanese trout) are the main prizes to be had and the huge populations of both species mean most fishing trips have a happy ending.

ITINERARY

Sunday, 6th September 2015: Welcome to Japan

The first day of your trip starts with our staff meeting you at Sapporo Chitose Airport from 12.30am with our bus leaving at 2:30 for Niseko. Niseko arrival time will be 4:30 when you check into your Hokkaido Tracks Condominium. For those arriving at the airport after 2:30 pm alternative transfers are available.

On arrival at the hotel we’ll assemble our bikes, or introduce you to your rental bike, then head off for a short warm up ride explore to Hirafu Village Resort, nothing too strenuous, just enough to get your legs moving and work up an appetite for dinner.

Tonight we’ll have our welcome dinner where you can meet your fellow travellers and have our staff answer all your questions about what’s in store for the next the week in Niseko.

Overnight: Niseko-Hirafu Village
Meals: Dinner

Monday, 7th September 2015: Kutchan

Today will get the legs moving and bed the bikes in with either a short or longer ride in local the morning stopping for lunch in the nearby Kutchan and then return home.

Options for the Afternoon include: spend time in Hirafu Village, Onsen Trip to Yugokokorotei (Moiwa), Golf (Niseko Village), Fly Fishing. The evening you can relax in your condominium, self cater or explore the village and eat at one of the local restaurants.

Recommendations for non cyclists:
The Kutchan local museum and adjacent art museum are fascinating places to visit and can be combined with lunch with the cycling group if desired. In the afternoon enjoy and Onsen or Golf with the tour or do something independently. Niseko View plaza is the local farmers market and has lots of local produce. Our recommendation is the freshly made nikkujagamans made from Niseko’s famous potatoes.

Overnight: Niseko-Hirafu Village
Meals: Breakfast

Tuesday, 8th September 2015: Niseko Mountains

After breakfast we ride some of the local mountains, to the beautiful Goshki Onsen. A 2.5 hour ride to Goshiki with about 1000 meters of climbing. For those wanting more of a challenge, we will include a loop through Rankoshi town and past the renown Nimmi Onsen. Lunch and Onsen at Goshiki is included before a easy descent and return to Niseko.

Recommendations for non cyclists:
For those that like a hike then the tour from your accommodation to the peak of Annapuri is a hike that can be completed in a brisk hour or leisurely two. Expect to see multitude of summer birds and a stunning views of both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Japan as you wind your way up the well trodden stone path. Descend to Goshki Onsen in time to meet the riders for a well earned onsen in Goshiki’s famous sulphur springs. Return to the village in our support bus in the early afternoon.

Overnight: Niseko-Hirafu Village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wednesday, 9th September 2015

As usual there will be 2 options of a long and short ride after breakfast today.  We will head off to Niseko Town through some lovely rolling hills with mountains providing the backdrop, the short ride will loop around the farms of Niseko before stopping at local café for lunch.  The long ride will loop around Konbu Mountain before coming back through Niseko town and returning home.

Options for the Afternoon include: relaxing in Hirafu Village, Onsen Trip to Yugokokorotei (Moiwa), Golf, Fly Fishing. The evening you can relax in your condominium, self cater or explore the village and eat at one of the local restaurants.

Recommendations for non cyclists:
Have a look at Niseko Town, Niseko View plaza is the local farmers market and has lots of local produce. Our recommendation is the freshly made nikkujagamans made from Niseko’s famous potatoes, before catching up with the ride groups for lunch.  Other options include day tours to Lake Toya or Otaru city to see the local attractions.

Overnight: Niseko-Hirafu Village
Meals: Breakfast

Thursday, 10th September 2015: Hirafu Village Resort and Park Golf Challenge

After Breakfast we will leave for a ride around the majestic Mt Youtei, an extinct volcano that dominates the local landscape. The shorter ride will be 2 hours and for those wanting a bit more a challenge we will also ride through Rusutsu farming area before returning to Niseko after a stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

In the afternoon there will be the Bikestyle Niseko Park Golf Cup (think giant PuttPutt) a great game everyone can enjoy with an onsen after. (included)

Tonight we have a dinner at Niseko famous fine dining restaurant Kamimura, where prizes for park golf competition will be presented.

Recommendations for non cyclists:
Either a morning at leisure or our recommendation is a Japanese cooking seminar using local produce and specialty dishes.

Overnight: Niseko-Hirafu Village
Meals: Breakfast; Dinner

Friday, 11th September 2015: Youtei Circuit

After Breakfast we are back into the local hills via Iwanni a local fishing town on the sea of Japan coast where we will stop for a lunch at one of the cafes or local restaurants. Heading home over Niseko Nitto will involve 1500m of climbing before heading back down to Hirafu Village. For those that want some extra punishment on the last day we will we return home via Nimmi.

Recommendations for non cyclists:
Travelling with the support bus will take you to the port town of Iwanni for a some of the freshest seafood in the area and the trip home will be over the Iwanni mountain range with great views and the chance for a short walk to the Shinsen Numa alpine wetland on the way home to meet the crew after their day pedaling the mountains.

Overnight: Niseko-Hirafu Village
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

In the afternoon options are for Golf ( Hanazono), or a trip to Nimmi Onsen.

Saturday, 12th September 2015: Lake Toya

After Breakfast we leave for lake Toya for a trip to this beautiful lake in the center of an active volcano. The direct route to Toya is a 2 hour ride, for those keen for more kilometers we will ride down to the Pacific Ocean and then up to a look out with stunning views over Lake Toya and the Pacific Ocean.

Bring your swimmers for an afternoon swim in the lake. The afternoon can be spent exploring the foreshore, by bike or foot, or even taking a speedboat tour of the lake. Cycling around this beautiful lake on the foreshore road is also an option with a flat 40 km ride.

Late afternoon we will return to Niseko to pack our bikes and make preparations for check out the next morning before our farewell dinner at local Japanese restaurant Abu Cha.

Overnight: Niseko-Hirafu Village
Meals: Breakfast

Sunday, 13th September 2015: Departure Day

It’s farewell to your new friends as our Japan Cycling Week comes to an end this morning. Over the past week you’ve experienced a week of great cycling along quiet, Japanese hospitality and culture, fantastic accommodation and cuisine and hopefully had an unforgettable holiday with Bikestyle Tours. We hope we see you again one day.

After breakfast we will have 2 transfers to Chitose airport, 9:30 departure for airport arrival at 11:30 and 11:00 departure for airport arrival at 1.00 pm. Alternative transfers can be arranged if required.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • Transport throughout your Japan Cycling Week
  • Services of our experienced tour guides, coach and support van drivers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Traditional Japanese evening meals on 3 nights
  • Arrival and departure transfers (as per the itinerary)
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Maps and Bikestyle guides
  • Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, bib shorts, cap and musette bag


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