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Hokkaido is a popular ski destination, thanks to Mount Yotei, often called as Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido. Niseko, a small town in Hokkaido was known for winter sports, but it’s gaining a popularity for summer sports like rafting, trekking, fishing, and especially, cycling. Niseko is located in the foot of Mt. Yotei, and next to one of the most beautiful rivers in Japan, the Shiribetsu River.
Cycling in Niseko
Niseko has become a hot spot for biking, with numerous options for road and mountain riding or competition in the quiet resort atmosphere. The air is crisp and clean. Biking is the perfect way to enjoy the mountain trails. There are many well-made bike trails. Next summer, it’s time to check out the wildflowers and scenery of Niseko!
Throughout the summer Niseko holds a number of cycling events. If you are interested in meeting other cyclists and challenge yourself, Niseko’s open roads invite you.
The Niseko Classic – The Niseko Classic is the most popular race in the Niseko area and boasts both a 70km and 140 km course. These courses take you from the Grand Hirafu Ski Resort, around Mt. Annupuri, along the coast of the Japan Sea, and back. The Niseko Classic takes place on July 12 and entries are currently open.
Niseko Hanazono Hill Climb – The Niseko Hanazono Hill Climb is a 15.5 km race that takes the cyclist on a climb of 617 meters. The Hanazono Hill Climb is a mass start time trail event that starts in Kutchan and finishes at the Niseko annupuri Goshiki-onsen. The event begins on August 2nd with entries closing on July 12th. This race is a great experience for cyclists of varying experience as there are different categories from first timers to experts.
Nature Ride Niseko – The 2015 Nature Ride Niseko features both a 50km and 110km course and begins on July 5th. The 50km course takes you around the gorgeous Mt. Yotei. The 110km course starts in Niseko and takes you to Lake Toya and back. This is a friendly event that allows for beginner riders to a great ride with some amazing scenery. Experienced riders are also welcome to challenger themselves while travelling through breath taking Hokkaido scenery.
The Niseko Green Bike program provides free-to-use bicycles at six locations throughout Niseko Town, such as Kiranoyu Onsen (across from JR Niseko Station). Don’t be intimidated by the hilliness of Niseko, either! Using the Fureai shuttle bus from Niseko station, you can hitch a ride uphill with your bike for just 100 yen and enjoy cycling about without worries.
It’s not hard to arrange cycling trips. Rentals are available, and all types and models are available. From road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes, you’ll be able to enjoy your cycling however you’d like. Also you can purchase package service from local tour businesses, such as Vacation Niseko. They will take care of all the logistics, including transportation, wide selection of biking trails, and airport pickup.