Japan Far North

Full route description coming soon

I’ve finally gotten around to compiling together all the cycle trips we’ve done over the last few years in Hokkaido. There are quite a few, and they all focus on a different part of this amazing island we live on. I hope this page can be a solid resource for […]

A Hokkaido Cycle Touring Resource

Our last two days on the road on this 2013 summer vacation cycling trip were a bit of a blur. The highway connecting Sapporo to Rumoi along the coast is a whirlwind of tunnels interspersed with little nuggets of coast. Roadside stalls lured us in with their delicious wares such […]

Japan Far North: Days 12 & 13 (Mashita to Hamanasu ...

A sleepy, rainy start to the day. Lunch well and truly made up for it though. I had mentioned yesterday the great lunches we were indulging in on this trip. This is what I was talking about. An awesome filling lunch for US$9 equivalent. Anyone who thinks traveling in Japan […]

Japan Far North: Day 11 (Tomamae to Mashike)

We knew we only had 40km to cycle today, so we took it easy in the morning. A short walk down the cliff to the seashore revealed a Shinto torii (shrine gateway). Just up the beach from the gate was an impossibly small shrine. Another scorcher of a day awaited […]

Japan Far North: Day 10 (Shosanbetsu to Tomamae)

At last, a full day of sunshine. And some encouraging words of wisdom from the side of a supermarket. On a hot day like today, a watermelon shared between two was the perfect snack. As we were now traveling along the west coast of Hokkaido, on the main route connecting […]

Japan Far North: Day 9 (Horonobe Town to Shosanbetsu)

Mercifully, it was not raining when we woke in the morning. It was still windy though, coming from the south…the direction we wanted to travel. We generally started off in a sour-ish mood this morning; there was the headwind, the store close to the campground had a woefully scant selection […]

Japan Far North: Day 8 (Sarufutsu Town to Horonobe)

We woke refreshed after a good sleep at the campground near Funadomari at the north of Rebun Island, off the northwest coast of Hokkaido, Japan. That said, sleep in a tent is not as refreshing as sleep in a real bed, and our groggy states as we hiked up the […]

Japan Far North: Day 6 (Rebun Island)

On our 2013 summer vacation cycle tour (August, 2013), we really took it easy for the first half, taking our time to enjoy Rishiri and Rebun Islands, off the north west coast of Hokkaido, Japan. On the second day in Rishiri Island, we jumped on and off the Rishiri Island […]

Japan Far North: Day 5 (Rishiri Island to Rebun Island)

Famous Wakkanai Port North Breakwater (Kita Bouhatei Dome) in Wakkanai, Japan
Our 2013 summer holiday cycle tour in Japan’s far north got off to a fairly relaxed start. We decided to spend the day after arriving in Wakkanai (Japan’s northern-most city) either sightseeing (Rob) or getting ahead on distance-learning work (Haidee). We both zoomed down the hill from the Wakkanai Forest […]

Japan Far North: Day 2 (In Wakkanai)

In the next series of posts, I’ll be recounting a cycle journey around the very north of Japan last summer (11th – 23rd August, 2013): Wakkanai → Rishiri Island → Rebun Island → Wakkanai → Cape Soya → Sapporo. All in Hokkaido, the northern-most island and prefecture in Japan. It had been a dream of […]

Japan Far North: Day 1 (Sapporo to Wakkanai by train)