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Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

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Chitose, Japan
Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Discover the scenic environs of Lake Shikotsu by mountain bike during this small-group, 9-hour trip, limited to just 10 participants. Take in breathtaking views of the nearby peaks as you pedal your bike on a moderate 5-hour ride covering 28 miles (45km) along the Chitose River and the beautiful caldera lake, where you can purchase lunch at your own expense at a lakeside restaurant. Your mountain biking adventure also includes a local guide, mountain bike, helmet and gloves, and round-trip transport from select locations in Sapporo or New Chitose Airport. Please note: This tour is seasonal and runs yearly between April and October. The date is subject to change.
  • Lake Shikotsu full-day mountain bike tour from Sapporo
  • Ride a moderate 5-hour course with an expert guide
  • Cycle along the Chitose River and through birch woods
  • Take a relaxing break at the picturesque lake and enjoy lunch (own expense) from a lakeside restaurant
  • Choose a downhill slope to suit your skill and energy level
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With an approximate distance of 28 miles (45 km), this tour is recommended for cyclists wanting the challenge of a longer mountain bike course.
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Professional English-speaking local guide
Mountain bike, helmet and gloves for rental
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Food and drinks

Departure Point

17 Shikotsukoonsen, Chitose, Hokkaido 066-0281, Japan

Lake Shikotsu Visitor Center

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air of the Lake Shikotsu area by mountain bike on this small-group tour. This active adventure is a great way to get some fresh air and get your blood pumping as you explore this beautiful outdoor area.

Start your mountain biking trip in the morning from your choice of three pickup locations, including Sapporo train station, select hotels near the station, or from New Chitose Airport. After your pickup, proceed by minivan to the trailhead at Chitose, situated around 1.5 hours outside of Sapporo.

Arrive at the trailhead and grab your mountain biking gear, including helmet and gloves, before listening to a short safety lesson geared to cyclists with moderate experience levels. Then pedal out into the outdoor scenery of the Lake Shikotsu area, starting on a trail along the crystal clear waters of Chitose River. 

As you continue your ride, the trail heads along a forested path of white birch trees, proceeding uphill for around 1.5 hours and covering a distance of about 9 miles (15km). Finish this section of the ride on top of a cliff at a hydroelectric plant, offering sublime views of the river below. Then continue pedaling towards Lake Shikotsu, which lies another 3 miles (5km) away.

After another moderate few miles of cycling, you arrive on the shores of Lake Shikotsu, originally formed by volcanic activity and now the second-deepest lake in Japan, reaching depths of 1,180 feet (360m). Cycle along the shore of this clear body of water, enjoying views of the volcanic peaks of Mount Eniwa, Mount Tarumae and Mount Fuppushi in the distance.

Take break to have lunch (at your own expense) at one of the many lakeside restaurants, offering a wide variety of food options such as freshwater salmon (sushi or sashimi), hamburgers of Hokkaido beef, or hearty Japanese favorites like ramen or curry.

After lunch, you can select from several return options depending on your fitness and skill level. A mountain path offers a moderate downhill route with some uphill climbs (slightly more challenging), or journey back on a route that is entirely downhill (easier). Both options cover a distance of approximately 15 miles (25km) and around 2 hours of time. If at any time the pace becomes too strenuous, you can ask your guide to slow things down or take a shortcut.

Finish your ride admiring the wealth of natural scenery along the path, including occasional wildlife sightings of Ezo deer, Hokkaido foxes and raccoon dogs, returning to the Chitose area to conclude your trip. Your adventure ends with a return trip to Sapporo or to New Chitose Airport.
Stop At:  
(8:30) Pickup your staying hotel or Sapporo station After morning pickup by air-conditioned minivan, you’re driven to the Lake Shikotsu, located approximately 1.5 hours away from Sapporo.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Shikotsu
(10:00) Arrived in Lake Shikotsu village and bike ride in a.m. Once you’re fitted with a mountain bike, helmet and gloves, you’ll hear safety precautions and biking tips for moderately skilled cyclists. Then follow your guide along the pristine waters from Lake Shikotsu, immersing yourself in the natural splendor of Hokkaido. Afterward, you can choose your forest route, based on your skill level and energy. Select the mountain path for a moderate, off-road downhill course with more challenges and occasional uphill climbs, or ride through the woods on an entirely downhill slope; both options travel 12 miles (20 km) along a pebble road for approximately two hours past streams and across bridges. Note: If at any time the pace is too fast, you can ask your guide to slow down, take a break or even shorten the course. Enjoy panoramic mountain views and possible animal sightings — including Ezo deer, Hokkaido native foxes and raccoon dogs — before your small group returns to the Lake Shikotsu village.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Shikotsu
(12:20) Return to Lake Shikotsu village and Lunch Take an hour of free time to purchase lunch (own expense) at one of the lakeside restaurants. Choose from many options, including ones serving freshwater salmon (sushi or sashimi), hamburgers made with Hokkaido beef, or traditional Japanese plates like ramen and curry. After lunch you spend 20-30 minutes of free time on the lakeside.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Lake Shikotsu
(13:50) Bike ride in p.m. Easy cycling around Lake Shikotsu village in the afternoon. But If you want to ride a little more on the forest road, tell your guide. With a 24-mile (40-km) circumference and a maximum depth of about 1,180 feet (360 meters), the volcanic Lake Shikotsu is the second-deepest lake in Japan and boasts some of the country’s best-quality water. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and views of neighboring volcanoes — Mt Eniwa, Mt Tarumae and Mt Fuppushi — from the shore, and pose for a group photo.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
(16:00) Arrived in Sapporo Then hop off your mountain bike and relax during the comfortable drive back to Sapporo or New Chitose Airport.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Recommended height is 1.45m (4.75 foot) or taller
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Please wear a comfortable long sleeve shirt, long pants and shoes suitable for exercising. Jeans are not recommended
  • Sunglasses or some kind of eye protection are recommended
  • Please bring your own water (rental bikes have water-bottle holder)
  • Windbreaker jacket is recommended during spring and fall season
  • The mountain bike course may be changed due to road conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Giro 21

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Lake Shikotsu Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Disappointing and not what is advertised
, Aug 2020
It just isn’t what it claims to be. It isn’t a lakeside bike tour nor is it truly off road. In the morning section - around 20km, we stopped off at one small beach by the lake. The rest of the journey was through some enjoyable forest trails but nothing out of the ordinary. The cycle to the beach is fine, but then you double back the same route before crossing over to cycling through a forest. Guide didn’t speak about anything we saw, and the sites described on the website - well if we saw them we didn’t notice. Then the afternoon was a 1km ride down to the lakeside where the village is. That was it. The bikes (there were 3 of us) all had issues. The brakes on mine were very weak. It takes about 80 mins to get from Sapporo to the lake, and TBH, if this trip was say ¥7,000 rather than ¥10,000 you’d feel you would have got your money’s worth. In total we cycled for about 2hrs 20min.
Great Experience Cycling Tour
, Oct 2019
Had a great time with tour guide Marion. He is very careful and always make sure your safety comes first. Cycling through the park with some bumpy path was great. The view of Lake Shikotsu was awesome with the surrounding of autumn leaves on the trees.
This was an exceptional tour which I...
Melissa v
, Jul 2017
This was an exceptional tour which I would highly recommend if you are staying in Sapporo and are looking for an experience in Hokkaido nature! In total it's an 18 km mountain bike tour two legs with a lunch and some leisure time in between. It is a moderate tour not too heavy. The tour brings you to Lake Shikotsu and its beautiful nature. Jun-san is a good and professional guide, highly responsive to his group, and I really enjoyed biking with him. Arigatou gozaimasu!
Jun-sen was very professional. He...
Chris G
, Oct 2016
Jun-sen was very professional. He picked me up from the hotel in Sapporo city, and sent me back safely after the ride. On the way back to the hotel, he detoured to a river to watch Salmons swimming upstream only September period. The mountain bike I rode was new only one month young and good. Highly recommended.
Very pleased with the bike...
Dean Y
, Aug 2016
Very pleased with the bike tour Jun was a very knowledgable and good tour guide
An amazing tour around Lake...
Mari H
, Jul 2016
An amazing tour around Lake Shikotsu, great value for the money. Our guide Jun was nice and experienced, and he was even able to fix one of the bicycles on the road! Highly recommended.
Highly Recommended! If you like...
Jackson G
, Sep 2014
Highly Recommended! If you like nature trails, then this is for you! You ride approximately 20 km along a pretty flat paved trail to Lake Shikotsu, once there, you are free to look around, take some pictures, etc. The lake has a special tint to it, very nice. After that, grab some lunch in the nearby town (on your own, average sets around 1000 Yen), then head back on the original trail for a little bit and take some forest roads after that back to the original start point. The guide can vary the degree of terrain on the way back, so just ask. This is a full day trip, and you will get back to Sapporo around 4-5 pm.

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