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Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

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Overview

  • Explore Hokkaido’s Lake Shikotsu by mountain bike with an expert guide. You’ll depart along the Chitose River and then ride through the woods to the tranquil caldera lake, enjoying breathtaking views of neighboring mountain peaks as you pedal. Take a break during the moderate, 5-hour ride to purchase your own lunch at your choice of lakeside restaurants. Round-trip transport is available from the Sapporo train station, a nearby hotel or New Chitose Airport. Numbers are limited to 10 on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.Please note: This tour is seasonal and runs yearly between April and October. The date is subject to change.

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What's included, what's not

  • Professional English-speaking local guide
  • Mountain bike, helmet and gloves for rental
  • All taxes and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Shikotsu
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Shikotsu

Know Before You Book

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Recommended height is 1.45m (4.75 foot) or taller
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Please wear a comfortable long sleeve shirt, long pants and shoes suitable for exercising. Jeans are not recommended
  • Sunglasses or some kind of eye protection are recommended
  • Please bring your own water (rental bikes have water-bottle holder)
  • Windbreaker jacket is recommended during spring and fall season
  • The mountain bike course may be changed due to road conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Departure time: 8:30 AM

What you can expect

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Stop At: Sapporo, Sapporo, Hokkaido

(8:30) Pickup your staying hotel or Sapporo station

After morning pickup by air-conditioned minivan, you’re driven to the Lake Shikotsu, located approximately 1.5 hours away from Sapporo.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Lake Shikotsu, Chitose Hokkaido

(10:00) Arrived in Lake Shikotsu village and bike ride in a.m.

Once you’re fitted with a mountain bike, helmet and gloves, you’ll hear safety precautions and biking tips for moderately skilled cyclists. Then follow your guide along the pristine waters from Lake Shikotsu, immersing yourself in the natural splendor of Hokkaido.
Afterward, you can choose your forest route, based on your skill level and energy. Select the mountain path for a moderate, off-road downhill course with more challenges and occasional uphill climbs, or ride through the woods on an entirely downhill slope; both options travel 12 miles (20 km) along a pebble road for approximately two hours past streams and across bridges.

Note: If at any time the pace is too fast, you can ask your guide to slow down, take a break or even shorten the course.

Enjoy panoramic mountain views and possible animal sightings — including Ezo deer, Hokkaido native foxes and raccoon dogs — before your small group returns to the Lake Shikotsu village.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lake Shikotsu, Chitose Hokkaido

(12:20) Return to Lake Shikotsu village and Lunch

Take an hour of free time to purchase lunch (own expense) at one of the lakeside restaurants. Choose from many options, including ones serving freshwater salmon (sushi or sashimi), hamburgers made with Hokkaido beef, or traditional Japanese plates like ramen and curry.
After lunch you spend 20-30 minutes of free time on the lakeside.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Lake Shikotsu, Chitose Hokkaido

(13:50) Bike ride in p.m.

Easy cycling around Lake Shikotsu village in the afternoon.
But If you want to ride a little more on the forest road, tell your guide.
With a 24-mile (40-km) circumference and a maximum depth of about 1,180 feet (360 meters), the volcanic Lake Shikotsu is the second-deepest lake in Japan and boasts some of the country’s best-quality water. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and views of neighboring volcanoes — Mt Eniwa, Mt Tarumae and Mt Fuppushi — from the shore, and pose for a group photo.



Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sapporo, Sapporo, Hokkaido

(16:00) Arrived in Sapporo

Then hop off your mountain bike and relax during the comfortable drive back to Sapporo or New Chitose Airport.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


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  • Hokkaido Hokkaido

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • 17 Shikotsukoonsen, Chitose, Hokkaido 066-0281, Japan Traveler pickup is offered 1.Hotel pickup in central Sapporo city 2.JR Sapporo station (FamilyMart Sapporo-Eki Kitaguchi-ten : Sapporo, Kita Ward, Kita 7 Jo Nishi 4 Chome−1)
    • Chitose Hokkaido

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