Cycle Hokkaido Self Guided

Relaxing riding, arts and crafts, and the beauty of central Hokkaido


Cycle Hokkaido Self Guided

Relaxing riding, arts and crafts, and the beauty of central Hokkaido

Cycling in Central Hokkaido.

Cycling in Central Hokkaido.

Self Guided Cycle Hokkaido

The extraordinary contrasts of modern Japan are to be found throughout this archipelago but most particularly in Hokkaido. My introduction to Japan 30 years ago was this very island and those early years exploring Hokkaido have left an indelible impression of this wild northern island.

Hokkaido is a place where the power of an ancient and pervasive culture lays like a patch work quilt over an almost sub arctic wild land.

The result is a superb mix of culture and wilderness. Here you will find architecture and structure that reflects the history and refinement of ancient Japan. Where inner spaces comply with the Japanese aesthetic of art and beauty. And of course, delicious and healthy food that can be found anywhere in Japan is abundant in the mountains and valleys of Hokkaido.

Liberally spaced throughout this wild island you will also find some of Japan’s most famous artisans and photographers, who have escaped north to build a life on the edge of the wilderness.

On this self guided tour, using our comprehensive guiding notes, you can visit many of these artisans, including “Takushinkan” the gallery of Japan’s most famous landscape photographer Shinzo Maeda. As well as Maeda San’s gallery you can visit other lesser known photo galleries, painters, wood workers, potters and glass blowers. There is also the chance to visit the Ainu textile museum in Asahikawa.

And the backdrop throughout is the superb alpine scenery of central Hokkaido, where mountains and volcanoes tower over the valleys.

Contact us today to get the ball rolling on your own independent week of cycling in Hokkaido Japan.

Tour Highights

As market leaders we pioneered self guided bicycle tours in Japan and continue to set the bench mark for great tours and support. Here are the highlights of our self guided tours:

  1. Experience Traditional Inns and eat healthy delicious local foods.
  2. Choose from some of our specially selected luxury accommodations or standard Japanese Inns and hotels.
  3. Freedom to choose  your own dates. Season extends from June 1 to October 10.
  4. Quality road bikes for hire with flat or drop bars.
  5. Relax in hot spring baths of an evening.
  6. Comprehensive guiding notes, maps and GPS route data. 
  7. Meet and greet and full luggage transfer service.
  8. Pre ride 28 page handbook to prepare you for your whole Japan adventure.
  9. Cycle from 5km (28m) to 58 km (36m) per day with daily options for more cycling. 
  10. Cycle through beautiful rural valleys, past lakes and climb to the base of Hokkaido's highest mountain.

Details and Booking Information


  • $AU1790/person standard accomm.
  • $AU2390/person mixed-luxury accomm. 

Our standard tour is 7 days/6 nights. Contact us below and we will send you a PDF brochure with full tour outline and a booking form which includes accommodation and bike hire options.

Rider Numbers: minimum 2. We also cater for solo rider and you can choose between using a luggage transfer serve, panniers or a combination of both.

Guided Option: This tour can be taken as a private guided tour. Please contact us for details. 

Grade: Level 3  (easy to moderate). See our grade page for more details.

How to book: Download a booking form or contact us. Send the booking form via email or post with $AU250 deposit/person. All credit cards accepted.