Hokkaido, Japan Cycling Week

Bikestyle Tours Japan Cycling Week 2011
Niseko, Hokkaido

7 Nights: Sunday 4th September to Sunday 11th September, 2011

Regretfully we have decided to postpone this trip until 2012 due to the recent Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Our thoughts go out to the people of Japan.

Bikestyle Tours is pleased to again be offering our Japan Cycling Week in 2011.

Bikestyle - map of Japan2010 was a great success and we are looking forward to another great week of great cycling along quiet, smooth country roads, enjoying Japanese hospitality and culture with fantastic accommodation and cuisine.

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.

Riders on country road, JapanBikestyle 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.

An added bonus this week is that Niseko will be “Cycling Central” as it hosts the Niseko Cycle Week from Friday 10th September to Monday 20th September.

Combine the cycling with luxury self contained accommodation, Japanese hospitality and culture, great Japanese and international food from Hokkaido, the “bread basket” of Japan, and you have a week not to be missed.

TRIP DETAILS:
Duration: 8 days (7 Nights)
Dates: Sunday 4th September to Sunday 11th September, 2011
Start and Finish: Sapporo Chitose Airport
Accommodation: Yama Shizen luxury condominiums (twin share basis)
Group Size: Maximum 15 people (2 Staff)
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Single Supplement $450 AUD
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Inclusions:

Accomodation: Yama Shizen luxury condominiums in the heart of Niseko Hirafu Resort are self contained with spacious living areas,
english Satellite TV and BB internet, full kitchens and ensuites. Tour Price includes twin share per bedroom – single share per bedroom is an option at $450.00 for the week.
Meals: Western Breakfast is included daily – 3 dinners at the best selection of local restaurants in addition to the Welcome Japanese BBQ are included.

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.

Karaoke: No trip to Japan would be complete without belting out a few tunes at the local Karaoke Bar. A very different experience to what most of you would have had at a western karaoke establishment, for Japanese, Karaoke is an institution.

Day 1 – Sunday 4th September – Arrival Day

Getting organised in JapanTransfer from Chitose Airport to Niseko – Our staff will be at Airport to meet from 12:30 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.

Evening to assemble bikes, explore Hirafu Village Resort, enjoy one of the local onsens. Tonight we will have a welcome dinner where you will meet fellow travellers and our staff, including pro rider Eric Van Lancker.

Overnight: Niseko-Hirafu Village
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 – Monday 5th September  – Kutchan

Country roads in JapanToday 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

Day 3 – Tuesday 6th September – Niseko Mountains

Uncrowded cycling in JapanAfter 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

Day 4 – Wednesday 7th September -

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

Day 5 – Thursday 8th September – Hirafu Village Resort and Park Golf Challenge

Cycling through mountains in Japan

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

Day 6 – Friday 9th September – Youtei Circuit

Riding with Bikestyle in Japan

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.

Day 7 – Saturday 10th September – 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

Niseko Mountains, Japan

Day 8 – Sunday 11th September – Departure Day

After breakfast (and a terrific week) 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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