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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.

Highlights

  • Lake Shikotsu full-day mountain bike tour from Sapporo
  • Ride a moderate 5-hour course with an expert guide
  • Cycle along the Chitose River and through birch woods
  • Take a relaxing break at the picturesque lake and enjoy lunch (own expense) from a lakeside restaurant
  • Choose a downhill slope to suit your skill and energy level
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With an approximate distance of 28 miles (45 km), this tour is recommended for cyclists wanting the challenge of a longer mountain bike course.

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What You Can Expect

Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air of the Lake Shikotsu area by mountain bike on this small-group tour. This active adventure is a great way to get some fresh air and get your blood pumping as you explore this beautiful outdoor area.

Start your mountain biking trip in the morning from your choice of three pickup locations, including Sapporo train station, select hotels near the station, or from New Chitose Airport. After your pickup, proceed by minivan to the trailhead at Chitose, situated around 1.5 hours outside of Sapporo.

Arrive at the trailhead and grab your mountain biking gear, including helmet and gloves, before listening to a short safety lesson geared to cyclists with moderate experience levels. Then pedal out into the outdoor scenery of the Lake Shikotsu area, starting on a trail along the crystal clear waters of Chitose River. 

As you continue your ride, the trail heads along a forested path of white birch trees, proceeding uphill for around 1.5 hours and covering a distance of about 9 miles (15km). Finish this section of the ride on top of a cliff at a hydroelectric plant, offering sublime views of the river below. Then continue pedaling towards Lake Shikotsu, which lies another 3 miles (5km) away.

After another moderate few miles of cycling, you arrive on the shores of Lake Shikotsu, originally formed by volcanic activity and now the second-deepest lake in Japan, reaching depths of 1,180 feet (360m). Cycle along the shore of this clear body of water, enjoying views of the volcanic peaks of Mount Eniwa, Mount Tarumae and Mount Fuppushi in the distance.

Take break to have lunch (at your own expense) at one of the many lakeside restaurants, offering a wide variety of food options such as freshwater salmon (sushi or sashimi), hamburgers of Hokkaido beef, or hearty Japanese favorites like ramen or curry.

After lunch, you can select from several return options depending on your fitness and skill level. A mountain path offers a moderate downhill route with some uphill climbs (slightly more challenging), or journey back on a route that is entirely downhill (easier). Both options cover a distance of approximately 15 miles (25km) and around 2 hours of time. If at any time the pace becomes too strenuous, you can ask your guide to slow things down or take a shortcut.

Finish your ride admiring the wealth of natural scenery along the path, including occasional wildlife sightings of Ezo deer, Hokkaido foxes and raccoon dogs, returning to the Chitose area to conclude your trip. Your adventure ends with a return trip to Sapporo or to New Chitose Airport.

Customer Reviews

Chris G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Jun-sen was very professional. He picked me up from the hotel in Sapporo city, and sent me back safely after the ride. On the way back to the hotel, he detoured to a river to watch Salmons swimming upstream only September period. The mountain bike I rode was new only one month young and good. Highly recommended.

Dean Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very pleased with the bike tour
Jun was a very knowledgable and good tour guide

Mari H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An amazing tour around Lake Shikotsu, great value for the money. Our guide Jun was nice and experienced, and he was even able to fix one of the bicycles on the road! Highly recommended.

Casey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Awesome bike tour! Lake Shikotsu is really pretty in autumn.

Jackson G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Highly Recommended! If you like nature trails, then this is for you! You ride approximately 20 km along a pretty flat paved trail to Lake Shikotsu, once there, you are free to look around, take some pictures, etc. The lake has a special tint to it, very nice. After that, grab some lunch in the nearby town (on your own, average sets around 1000 Yen), then head back on the original trail for a little bit and take some forest roads after that back to the original start point. The guide can vary the degree of terrain on the way back, so just ask. This is a full day trip, and you will get back to Sapporo around 4-5 pm.

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