We have been touring Japan by bike for many years, and have a very sound knowledge of the terrain, scenic riding routes, and the most interesting overnight stop-off points. For this tour, we have put together a fantastic scenic riding route, which includes the best of Hokkaido. You will be riding through fertile farming country, along winding river banks and designated cycling lanes, around the shores of caldera lakes, past volcanoes, and down roads where mountains touch the sea. Riding distances vary each day of the tour, as does the elevation. The route has been designed to start out with a flatter course, before getting into some hill climbing on days 2 & 3. Day 4 is our rest & recovery day. The morning of day 4 is flat (with an optional climb for those so inclined), and the afternoon is a 30km downhill ride. Days 5 & 6 will be back into the hills, before finishing off with a fairly flat and easy day 7. This 7-day ride is fairly challenging, so it is a requirement that you cycle fairly regular and can handle distances of 50-100km per day, and elevation gains of 300-700m/day.