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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
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. 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 onsenmanju, a bun stuffed with azuki-bean paste, before departing via a steep uphill route. After a ride down to the Shirai River, bike across the Toyohira River, dipping your feet in the cold water if time allows before heading back toward the Hoheikyo 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 in 2013. 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.
Complete your half-day tour with the return 1-hour drive to Sapporo.
Professional English-speaking local guide
Mountain bike, helmet and gloves for rental
Entrance fee for hot spring
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Sapporo train station pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Bath towel rental (JPY510, but you will get JPY200 back after returning used towel)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Minimum age is 10 years
Recommended height is 1.45m (4.75 foot) or taller
A maximum of 10 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
- Hotel near Sapporo train station OR - Sapporo train station OR - Jozankei Hot Springs Resort