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Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

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Sapporo, Japan
Mountain Bike Tour from Sapporo Including Hoheikyo Onsen and Lunch

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icon5 hours 40 minutes  (approx.)
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Cycle the forest paths near Sapporo on a mountain hike, then relax with a soak in a Japanese onsen (hot spring) and lunch during this 5-hour, small-group excursion that’s perfect for beginners. Take a 1.5-hour ride to the town of Jozankei, a city known for its hot springs, for a snack and a soak in the mineral baths of Hoheikyo Onsen, before finishing with a typical local lunch of Japanese curry. Your small-group trip, limited to just 10 participants, also includes a guide, roundtrip transportation from your hotel, entrance fees and mountain biking equipment for rent. Please note: This tour is seasonal and runs yearly between April and October. The date is subject to change.
  • Jozankei mountain bike tour from Sapporo
  • Cycle an easy 1.5-hour paved path with an expert guide
  • Enjoy canyon views as you pedal across the Toyohira River, decorated with leaves in autumn
  • Soak in a large, outdoor mineral bath at Hoheikyo Onsen
  • Taste snacks in the town of Jozankei and enjoy a curry lunch at Hoheikyo
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a personalized experience

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Soaking in an onsen then dining on curry nicely rounds out this mountain bike trip.
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Professional English-speaking local guide
Mountain bike, helmet and gloves for rental
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Hot spring fee
Bath towel rental (JPY520, but you will get JPY300 back after returning used towel)
Food and drinks, unless specified
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
608-2 Jōzankei , 608-2 Jōzankei, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 061-2301, Japan

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9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.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)
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.
Stop At:  
(9:00) Pickup at your staying hotel or Sapporo station In the morning, assemble with your small group and guide at the starting point, approximately one hour after you’re picked up by air-conditioned minivan from Sapporo.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hoheikyo Onsen
(10:00 ) Arrived Hoheikyo onsen Once you’re fitted with a mountain bike, helmet and gloves, you’ll hear safety precautions and get basic instructions for riding. Then follow your guide on an easy, 1.5-hour ride along a mostly paved road, starting from the upper Toyohira River, whose waters swell from mountain snowmelt into the Jozankei valley. Enjoy views above the river canyon and cross a suspension bridge, departing for Jozankei. It’s a steep, downhill ride to this traditional onsen town, which dates back to 1866 when an ascetic monk opened the spa upon discovering its healing waters. Amid forested banks along the bountiful Toyohira River, watch steam rise up from every angle. Stop to enjoy snacks like onsen manju, a bun stuffed with azuki-bean paste, before departing via a steep uphill route.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Hoheikyo Onsen
(11:40) Return to Hoheikyo onsen, curry lunch and onsen Your 6-mile (10-km) route ends at this natural hot spring, which was ranked as one of the best hot spring day trips by TripAdvisor. Settle into mineral baths indoors or choose from three large outdoor pools, where you’ll have panoramic views of the mountains as you relax against the stones during a 1-hour soak. Hoheikyo is one of Japan's only onsen facilities to use 100-percent pure waters; the pools are fed by continuously flowing hot springs poured directly into the baths from the ground. Afterward, sate your appetite with a lunch of authentic naan bread and Indian curry — Jozankei’s most popular food — at the onsite restaurant.
Stop At:  
(14:40) arrived in Sapporo Complete your half-day tour with the return 1-hour drive to Sapporo.
Duration: 1 hour 
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 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Giro 21
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Beautiful and fun tour
, Aug 2022
What a great experience! We ride bikes at home so this tour sounded like so much fun. Jun picked us up from our hotel and drove us about 45 min to the onsen (the starting point) from there we rode our bikes through the woods, along a river, and then all around the town. We crossed many scenic bridges. The town Jozankei is BEAUTIFUL and there was so much to look at. We rode our bikes for almost 2 hours. We were able to stop for pictures & water many times throughout the tour. There was a lot of incline but it's not too difficult. Jun was patient when we got tired. We finished the trip with curry & over an hour at the onsen. The onsen is traditional and separated men/female. It was so relaxing and one of the most amazing experiences. Jun dropped us off afterwards. He was such a friendly & knowledgeable person. 10/10 highly recommend while in Sapporo.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
What a happy review for me ! So many many thanks.
I found the cycling very very poor...
, Jun 2018
I found the cycling very very poor. I looked at the pictures and thought that I'd be cycling through a woodland path following the river. In reality it was along run down roads following a river where the area around was neglected. The picturesque suspension bridge and enjoy sublime views of the river canyon below is a joke. In reality it was a bridge of a river literally metres below. The tour started at the Onsen where you got onto the bike. The bike tour is a round trip and so ended at the Onsen where you got the bike. The hot springonsen was very good and so was the meal. This doesn't warrant the huge price though.
The tour is awesome, nice scenery...
, Aug 2017
The tour is awesome, nice scenery around the Hoheikyo Onsen. Very yummy lunch......the Indian pancakes were the best pancakes we ever had. The bike tour was about an hour and a half, good length. Absolutely love the trip, especially my 13 years old son. Will definitely recommend this tour to everyone, especially for young family!
Lovely tour. Jun was a gentleman. He...
Joe Y
, Apr 2017
Lovely tour. Jun was a gentleman. He tries his best to speak English and for explaining things related to the tour, he is more than adequate. Excellent mountain bikes in top condition made going up or down hill very manageable. The Curry lunch is authentic Indian, not Japanese style curry, with an enormous piece of freshly baked naan bread. The onsen at the end was a perfect way to stop the muscles stiffening up the next day. As much as I enjoyed the experience, up in the hills it was very cold 4C and this early in the season many of the preferred off-road cycling paths were still snowed in. Doing the tour in May or later would be advisable.
Jun was an excellent guide and very...
Cherie M
, Nov 2016
Jun was an excellent guide and very kind. The trip is exactly as described in here and from other reviewers too. I would do this again!
Love the weather and the local Onsen...
, Jul 2016
Love the weather and the local Onsen experience. Jun picked us up in the hotel at 9AM and we hopped into his van to the mountain area for around 45 minutes. When we reached, he assembled the bikes and we got to try them first to fit. We got to bike in the woods around 10 minutes, the rest is in the side of the road. It's quite an experience. Then he would take us to a local snack place to taste the red bean Japanese snack and cold drinks. The Onsen was wonderful as it had an outdoor onset with beautiful natural view. The curry lunch we had was great, cooked by a local Indian guys who spoke fluent Japanese. A great tour to spend for half day.
We are so glad that we did this bike...
, Jul 2016
We are so glad that we did this bike tour. The guides, Jun and Hiro, were great and so patient with our group of 8. The scenery was fantastic and we enjoyed the onsen and the yummy Indian curry and naan bread at the end. I would highly recommend this tour. In fact, we want to stay in Jozankei the next time we are in Sapporo.
Wonderful trip. The bikes were first...
Heather G
, Oct 2014
Wonderful trip. The bikes were first class, the scenery fantastic and the guide facilitated a great experience. We loved the meal and the onsen experience. Thanks Juun
Great experience! Tour is exactly as...
Jackson G
, Sep 2014
Great experience! Tour is exactly as described, it is a pretty leisurely bike ride (1.5 hours) through some dirt roads, but mainly paved areas. It follows the river in the area which is beautiful! It also includes a short stop at the Jozankei onsen statue area with a small snack. The Hoheikyo onsen is like most onsens I've been to and is a bit more "country" then most modern, new sleek ones. The calcified water has created a super awesome floor in the onsen itself. Finally, the included lunch was top notch Indian curry vegetable and chicken with a piece of naan bread!
Ho avuto la fortuna di fare questo...
Luca P
, Nov 2015
Ho avuto la fortuna di fare questo tour solo con la guida, Yun, molto esperto e profondo conoscitore dei luoghi. Abbiamo costeggiato in mountain bike i ruscelli tra i favolosi colori autunnali dell'Hokkaido. Poi una tradizionale onsen molto bella con una vasca all'aperto, di fronte alla foresta e pranzo giapponese nella stessa struttura. Tutto molto bello. Grazie Yun san!

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