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Old 02-29-16, 02:51 PM
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I am planning a 'light' tour in northern Hokkaido in June (that is, staying at Inns and eating mostly in restaurants). Has anyone ridden there? And, if so, any tips on things to see or avoid?
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I am planning a 'light' tour in northern Hokkaido in June (that is, staying at Inns and eating mostly in restaurants). Has anyone ridden there? And, if so, any tips on things to see or avoid?
Dont go skinnier than 32c tyres, the sides of the roads can get pretty broken up and full of pot holes at times.

Also would you be interested in touring the whole length of Japan from Wakkanai to Kagoshima next year over 8 weeks?
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I was thinking of 28s as I don't know that my Roubaix will take 32s. I know my wife's Cervelo won't! We won't be carrying much though.

Thanks for suggesting a tour of the length of Japan next year. Sounds like fun but I wouldn't be able to get away that long so I'm out. As for stopping at Kagoshima, you'd be missing the best part. Last year I rode around Ishigaki and Iriomote in the extreme south and really enjoyed the tropical island vibe with the Japanese sensibility.
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Originally Posted by Mountain Mitch
I was thinking of 28s as I don't know that my Roubaix will take 32s. I know my wife's Cervelo won't! We won't be carrying much though.

Thanks for suggesting a tour of the length of Japan next year. Sounds like fun but I wouldn't be able to get away that long so I'm out. As for stopping at Kagoshima, you'd be missing the best part. Last year I rode around Ishigaki and Iriomote in the extreme south and really enjoyed the tropical island vibe with the Japanese sensibility.
Its not really about how much you carry for Hokkaido its just the sides of the roads get all the snow push onto them in winter, and it destroys them, but when the snow thaws they don't seem to bother to repair it.

I have been to Ishigaki, Iriomote and all the southern islands before.
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Originally Posted by azza_333
Its not really about how much you carry for Hokkaido its just the sides of the roads get all the snow push onto them in winter, and it destroys them, but when the snow thaws they don't seem to bother to repair it.
Sounds a lot like here in British Columbia, Canada!
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Rowan and I spent about 10 days in Hokkaido in 2012 ... beautiful! And where we were, the roads and cycling paths were lovely.

We landed in Chitose, then cycled to Lake Shikotsu and spent a little bit of time there. Then we cycled down to Tomakomai and spent a bit of time there ... then returned to Lake Shikotsu ... and back to Chitose.


The photos start on this page, I think ... the ones with JP at the beginning of the title (we had been to Hong Kong (HK) first, then Taiwan (TW) ... then Hokkaido)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka...63348587/page3

Oh, and the area did remind me very much of BC.


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Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences. We are heading a bit further north. We are going to Furano, Beie, Asahikawa, Wakanai and the islands of Rebun and Reshiki.
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My wife and I did a mostly self-contained tour there a few years ago. Great experience and we can't wait to go back. My blog is at crazyguyonabike.com/densamoz

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I cycled from Tomakomai to Cape Soya via Sapporo, Asahikawa, and Wakanai last year. It's beautiful riding up there. What time of year are you going? If you go in the motorcycle touring season (late spring to early fall) you will find plenty of 'rider houses' all over the place. Basically someone rents out space in their house for next to nothing, usually around 1000. You share a room with everyone else who is staying there, just on futons on the floor. Sometimes you have dinner with everyone all together and sometimes not. It's a great experience, but a lot of the places everyone will be smoking inside. This makes it a bit of a no go for me, unfortunately. North of Asahikawa you will be hard pressed to find hotels. Ryokans and Minshukus (kind of like a bed and breakfast with a hot spring bath) might be available in some places. There are some hotels near the hot springs too. We stayed at Teshiogawa Onsen one night on our trip there. These should be open year round.
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