From Tokyo to Hokkaido

If my friendship circles are anything to go by, Japan is gaining in popularity as a cycling destination. Everyone seems to either be planning a holiday to Japan, or is wearing a smile having just returned. It’s not hard to understand why Japan is a trending destination: it’s interesting culturally, everyone is kind and respectful, the food is excellent, and to say it’s naturally gifted would be an understatement.

These days huge elevated expressways soar across farmland and burrow through mountains, leaving thousands of empty roads all over the country which are ripe for cycling. The backroads are almost all smooth enough for a road bike, and are still surprisingly well-maintained despite their lack of use.

The northern island of Hokkaido piqued my interest the most. I’d heard stories about this sparsely-populated wilderness area for some time, with many drawing parallels to Tasmania in Australia. Without hesitation, my friend Flynn and I booked some flights to Japan so that we could complete a full lap of Hokkaido (as well as a 1,200km ‘commute’ up from Tokyo) to make sure it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

Share this article with your friends

Touring

Coventry

Any ride is a good ride in our book, We love the simplicity of exploration on two wheels, regardless of the weather. With this…
Coventry
Touring

Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way New Year’s Day is always an anti-climax, all the partying of the festive period (which invariably lasts at least a week)…
Wild Atlantic Way
Touring

Cycling across Cuba

Cycling across Cuba is an incredible and worthwhile adventure, but is a trip that requires good planning and the understanding that the countryside is…
cuba

BIKE Directory
Advertise here

Loading

Latest articles

Menu