Southern Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 11 – Onuma back to Chitose


All good things must come to an end, and such did our 10-day cycle tour around the deep south of Hokkaido. We bundled the bikes back onto the train, and that train whisked us back to Chitose, ready to face another semester at university.

Southern Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 11

Thermarest posted on Instagram and Facebook this picture of Haidee snoozing in our tent on the shores of Lake Onuma, with the caption: “When you’re awake but you’re still dreaming”. On the final morning of the cycle tour, I couldn’t have put it better myself.

It really was a glorious morning, and with little other to do but to pack up camp, ride 5km to the train station, and catch a train at 11am, we took our time in the morning.

Southern Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 11

Once we finally got to the train station, the small township of Onuma was bustling with tourists. It was interesting to see a new pop-up bike store on the main drag. I bought a couple of bottle cages that I had been meaning to get for the Tern. The owner-operator has a 9-5 job during the week in Hakodate, and is only at the store in the weekends.

Southern Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 11
Southern Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 11

And thus the trip concluded as it started. Bikes packed away in their covers, ready for the train to whisk us back home.

Southern Hokkaido Cycle Tour Day 11

Day 11 Route Map


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  • Peter

    Hi Rob, Thank you for doing the Hokkaido series tours. I hope one day I would be able to explore this island with such natural beauty as depicted in your photographs. I have noticed here that you have changed your bike. I first noticed it when I saw that you are no longer using your belt drive and your kickstand is no longer the one you replaced. The adjustable stem is also the newer version in the Verge Tour. May I ask why? Was there an issue with the previous model? Thank you. ~ Peter