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September 1st, 2011 | categorizilation: all categories,Cycle Paths,Hokkaido (Japan),Post-2008

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Length: 25km (100% smooth asphalt)
Start: Shikotsu-ko (Lake Shikotsu) Morappu Camping Ground (map)
End: Chitose City, Kasuga-machi, 2-chome (map)
Other names: Hokkaido Shikotsu-ko Park Cycle Road (Hokkaido Route 872) – 北海道道872号支笏湖公園自転車道線
Winter usage: This cycle route is not cleared in winter.
Japanese info: Wikipedia, personal webpage

This hidden gem of a cycle road, the Shikotsu-ko to Chitose cycling road (or bike path, cycle path, whatever you call it in your country), is one of the most consistently forest-enveloped of any cycling road in Hokkaido. If you’ve ever cycled on the beautiful separated cycle paths in The Netherlands, you’ll think that you’ve done a spacial warp; this cycle path is entirely separate from the main road, and passes through very pleasant forest.

Shikotsu-Chitose Cycling Road, Hokkaido, Japan

Most cyclists will probably start from the Chitose end, but it is possible to link this cycle road up with the Sapporo-Shikotsu-ko ‘cycle road’ (which is actually just a sidewalk next to the main road) to create a nice long day trip. An equally appealing option might be to make it a day trip from Chitose to the lake and back again, with a nice swim in the middle; Lake Shikotsu is undoubtedly one of the cleanest lakes in Japan. What you see floating on the surface of the lake is natural pumice; Lake Shikotsu is a volcanic lake.

Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido, Japan

Swimming in Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido, Japan

The cycle path is a classic ex-railway line, so gradients are gentle. There are also a couple of rest areas along the way with toilets.

Shikotsu-Chitose Cycling Road, Hokkaido, Japan

Shikotsu-Chitose Cycling Road, Hokkaido, Japan Shikotsu-Chitose Cycling Road, Hokkaido, Japan

Shikotsu-ko to Chitose Cycle Road Route Map
(the cycle path runs more or less parallel to the road-route below)

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Comment by Razlog Istoriq — January 12, 2012 @ 3:41 am | post a comment

Hey I've never been to Hokaido. Wow. I never thought it was so beautiful there.

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