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Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    608-2 Jōzankei, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 061-2301, Japan

    Traveler pickup is offered
    1.Hotel pickup in central Sapporo city
    2.JR Sapporo station (FamilyMart Sapporo-Eki Kitaguchi-ten : Sapporo, Kita Ward, Kita 7 Jo Nishi 4 Chome−1)
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional English-speaking local guide
    • Mountain bike, helmet and gloves for rental
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Sapporo train station pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Insurance
    • Entry/Admission - Hoheikyo Onsen
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Bath towel rental (JPY520, but you will get JPY300 back after returning used towel)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • Recommended height is 1.45m (4.75 foot) or taller
    • A maximum of 12 people per booking
    • Please wear comfortable long sleeve shirts, long pants and shoes suitable for exercising. Jeans are not recommended
    • Recommended to bring sunglasses or some kind of eye protection, change of clothes and bath towel. Bath towel can be rented for JPY510
    • Hot spring facility will have body soap, shampoo and conditioner for you to use for free of charge
    • Please bring your own water (rental bikes have water holder)
    • Windbreaker jacket is recommended to bring during spring and fall season
    • The mountain bike course may be changed due to road conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Jun was our guide for the day and was a cool guy. He took us through a few nice and easy mountains paths to a river in the valley, then from there round the town of Jozankei. We were lucky that Tonga were training training...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Matthew J
    Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

    It was a cold, rainy day but it didn’t detract from our enjoyment. Jun kitted us out with gloves and waterproofs and we enjoyed a shorter cycle ride than advertised which was a shame as I’m sure we missed some great scenery! However Jun kindly...More

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