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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.

Highlights

  • Jozankei mountain bike tour from Sapporo
  • Cycle an easy 1.5-hour paved path with an expert guide
  • Enjoy canyon views as you pedal across the Toyohira River, decorated with leaves in autumn
  • Soak in a large, outdoor mineral bath at Hoheikyo Onsen
  • Taste snacks in the town of Jozankei and enjoy a curry lunch at Hoheikyo
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You'll relax at the end of your 6-mile (10-km) mountain bike route with a 1-hour soak at an award-winning Japanese hot springs resort.

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What You Can Expect

Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

Enjoy sublime views of the countryside around Sapporo during this small-group mountain bike ride that’s perfect for beginners, culminating in a trip to a traditional Japanese hot spring and a curry lunch. It’s the perfect blend of outdoor activity and relaxation during your visit to this northern Japanese city.

Start your mountain bike adventure with a morning pickup in Sapporo, continuing about an hour to the start of your ride. Before you head out, get fitted with a bike, helmet and gloves, and listen to a brief safety overview of your ride.

Then start off on a 1.5-hour mountain-biking trip along a peaceful path tracing the Toyohira River, its waters swollen with runoff from the melting snow of the Jozankei Valley. Along the way you’ll cross a picturesque suspension bridge and enjoy sublime views of the river canyon below. Your ride finishes with a steep downhill into Jozankei, a town of traditional onsen hot spring baths first discovered by a local monk in 1866. You’ll be able to see the steam rising from these naturally heated baths as you wander the town.

Stop for a quick bite of onsen manju, a snack made of a bun filled with azuki-bean paste, before continuing on a steep ride back uphill towards the Shirai River. Bike back over the Toyohira, where you can dip your feet in the cool waters, before heading to the nearby Hoheikyo Onsen for your soak.

The 6-mile (10km) ride finishes at this heated spring, ranked in 2013 by TripAdvisor users as one of the area’s top hot spring day trips. Ease your way into an indoor bath, letting the tension from your muscles fade away, or head to one of the site’s three outdoor pools, where you can take a dip among the beautiful mountain landscape. Enjoy a 1-hour soak at the pool of your choice, letting the site’s 100-percent pure waters fed exclusively by hot spring, relax and rejuvenate your body.

Finish your cycling trip with a delicious lunch of Japanese curry, considered to be Jozankei’s most popular food, accompanied by tasty naan bread for dipping, at the onsite restaurant.

After lunch, return by minivan to your starting point in Sapporo.

Customer Reviews

Cherie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Jun was an excellent guide and very kind. The trip is exactly as described in here and from other reviewers too. I would do this again!

Joice Adam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Love the weather and the local Onsen experience. Jun picked us up in the hotel at 9AM and we hopped into his van to the mountain area for around 45 minutes. When we reached, he assembled the bikes and we got to try them first to fit. We got to bike in the woods around 10 minutes, the rest is in the side of the road. It's quite an experience. Then he would take us to a local snack place to taste the red bean Japanese snack and cold drinks. The Onsen was wonderful as it had an outdoor onset with beautiful natural view. The curry lunch we had was great, cooked by a local Indian guys who spoke fluent Japanese. A great tour to spend for half day.

Pam K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We are so glad that we did this bike tour. The guides, Jun and Hiro, were great and so patient with our group of 8. The scenery was fantastic and we enjoyed the onsen and the yummy Indian curry and naan bread at the end. I would highly recommend this tour. In fact, we want to stay in Jozankei the next time we are in Sapporo.

Heather G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Wonderful trip. The bikes were first class, the scenery fantastic and the guide facilitated a great experience. We loved the meal and the onsen experience. Thanks Juun

Jackson G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great experience! Tour is exactly as described, it is a pretty leisurely bike ride (1.5 hours) through some dirt roads, but mainly paved areas. It follows the river in the area which is beautiful! It also includes a short stop at the Jozankei onsen statue area with a small snack. The Hoheikyo onsen is like most onsens I've been to and is a bit more "country" then most modern, new sleek ones. The calcified water has created a super awesome floor in the onsen itself. Finally, the included lunch was top notch Indian curry vegetable and chicken with a piece of naan bread!

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