Hiking and Biking in Hokkaido

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The natural beauty of Hokkaido, with its wide-open wilderness, lush forests, and many mountains and lakes, is a wonder to explore at any time of year. But during summer, you can enjoy myriad stellar hiking and mountain biking trails that are snow-covered in winter. Activity tours help you get the most out of Hokkaido’s trail network. Here are your options.
 
Highlights
  • See more of Sapporo’s vast natural surroundings—and get some exercise and fresh mountain air—by touring Hokkaido’s trails by foot or by bike.
  • Discover some of the region’s most beautiful sights and get insights into local culture with help from your guide.
  • See wildflowers and native fauna as you explore Hokkaido’s wilderness.
  • Opt for a private or small-group tour for a more personalized experience.
  • Take a tour that ends with a refreshing soak in a traditional Japanese hot spring (onsen).
 
Hiking Tours in Hokkaido
For a casual hike overlooking Sapporo, take the ropeway to the top of Mt. Moiwa, a small peak with a cable car and an overlook just south of the city center. For something more strenuous, take a hiking day trip from Sapporo to the summit of Mt. Tarumae, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes. From the top, enjoy views of Lake Shikotsu and (on a clear day) the Pacific Ocean. Tours typically conclude with a few reinvigorating dips in indoor and outdoor natural hot springs.
 
Biking Tours in Hokkaido
You can also enjoy the scenic environs of Lake Shikotsu by mountain bike on a guided tour from Sapporo. Alternatively, stay closer to the city on a cycling tour of the nearby forest paths, which usually culminates with a soak in an onsen. Exploring Nopporo Forest Park by mountain bike lets you get up close to its abundant flora and fauna—such as deer, for which Nopporo is famed. Tours are typically small in size and include equipment.
 
Hikers and mountain bikers alike should not miss Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido’s largest. This spot boasts mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and forests, and is home to the Sounkyo Gorge. You can rent bicycles in the town of Sounkyo to explore deep into the gorge, where plunging waterfalls crisscross 300-foot (91-meter) cliffs.
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Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

Cycle the forest paths near Sapporo on a mountain hike, then relax with a soak in a Japanese onsen (hot spring) and lunch during this 5-hour, small-group excursion that’s perfect for beginners. Take a 1.5-hour ride to the town of Jozankei, a city known for its hot springs, for a snack and a soak in the mineral baths of Hoheikyo Onsen, before finishing with a typical local lunch of Japanese curry. Your small-group trip, limited to just 10 participants, also includes a guide, roundtrip transportation from your hotel, entrance fees and mountain biking equipment for rent.Please note: This tour is seasonal and runs yearly between April and October. The date is subject to change.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$63.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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$63.00 USD

Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Discover the scenic environs of Lake Shikotsu by mountain bike during this small-group, 9-hour trip, limited to just 10 participants. Take in breathtaking views of the nearby peaks as you pedal your bike on a moderate 5-hour ride covering 28 miles (45km) along the Chitose River and the beautiful caldera lake, where you can purchase lunch at your own expense at a lakeside restaurant. Your mountain biking adventure also includes a local guide, mountain bike, helmet and gloves, and round-trip transport from select locations in Sapporo or New Chitose Airport.Please note: This tour is seasonal and runs yearly between April and October. The date is subject to change.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Nopporo Forest Park Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Explore Nopporo Forest Park by mountain bike and enjoy round-trip transport from Sapporo, too. The easy-paced 1.5-hour ride follows a flat, 6-mile (10-km) route through the forests of the park and takes in sights of the flora and fauna for which Nopporo is famed. Look for deer peeking between trees as you pedal, and enjoy attentive commentary from a guide as you go. Numbers are limited to just 10 for a small-group experience, and the tour runs on a seasonal basis from April to October.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$54.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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