All can be done on a bicycle. The best of Sapporo’s nature and Hokkaido’s cuisine.
Why not take a trip by bicycle during your stay in Sapporo? The period from mid-April when the snow starts to melt to October with its beautiful red leaves is excellent for experiencing Hokkaido’s northern landscape with your body, both within Sapporo and around its outskirts. Sapporo does not have rainy seasons and the average temperature in mid-summer is about 22°C. On the outskirts, even the countryside roads where you can command a view of the rural scenery are well paved, perfect for touring in nature. The number of overseas visitors in search of this ideal environment is increasing every year. Here we introduce ways to thoroughly enjoy Sapporo on a bicycle, whether touring in nature or cycling in the city.
Travelling around famous tourist spots in Sapporo on a community bicycle
AA one-day free pass convenient for sightseeing. Guided tours are also recommended.
If you use Porocle, a community bicycle rental service in Sapporo, you may travel around tourist spots in the center of Sapporo for around two hours. By purchasing a One-day Pass (1,080 yen) at the Porocle Registration Counter directly connected with Odori Subway Station or at the affiliated hotels, etc., you may check out the availability of bicycles at the nearest rental station on the official website and rent a bicycle quickly. If you start from Sapporo TV Tower, you will find the Clock Tower and Red Brick Office in the North, the Nijo fish market and Nakajima Park in the south, Sapporo Factory and Chitosetsuru Sake Museum in the east, and Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine in the west.
Cycling tour around Sapporo on a Porocle bicycle
Porocle is now offering guided tours. For beginners who are unsure about where to go, you may enjoy the city on a bicycle with a guide for around two hours. This service can be booked for two to ten people and costs 5,000 yen per person, including the rental charge and insurance policy. You may book by filling out the application form online or by telephone (English available).
Porocle’s Sapporo guided tour
Office hours: 9:00 to 18:00
Touring around art, rural scenery, and the ancient landscape of Hokkaido
B-1Cycling around Moerenuma Park and experience the sculpture of Isamu Noguchi with your body.
For those of you who want to step out a little bit from central Sapporo, we recommend a cycling tour to Moerenuma Park. It’s a flat route with little variation in altitude and takes about one hour to complete. You may park your bicycle at the park and fully take in the grand scale of Moerenuma Park, itself said to be a single work of sculpture. If you are not so comfortable with city bicycles, you also have the option of renting a road bicycle at Cycling Frontier, which offers tours by bicycle.
B-2Take on the Ishikari Bay Route to further experience the ancient landscape of Sapporo.
This route takes around two hours one-way. Once outside the Moerenuma Park, you will find the rural landscape stretch right in front of you. After you cross the Ishikari River, it will be a straight road of around seven kilometers before you reach Shinshinotsu. A typical Hokkaido landscape with the horizon visible in the distance will elevate your spirit. Unwind at the Shinshinotsu Hot Spring to recover from the fatigue of your touring trip, and before the return trip, have some handmade pasta at the Restaurant Ari made from wheat produced in Hokkaido. Enjoy a touring trip packed with Hokkaido’s landscape, art, hot springs, and delicacies!
Heal your body and mind with breathtaking views and hot springs. Touring trip around mid-level mountains.
C-1Traveling around Makomanai Park and Ishiyama Green Space. A riverside route with breathtaking views of rivers and greenery.
The route heading south is rich in altitudinal variations and is intended for advanced cyclists. When you head south from Sapporo TV Tower on the national road along the Sosei River, the road eventually merges into the wide Toyohira cycling road that extends from the right-hand side bank of Toyohira River all the way to Makomanai Park. About 30 minutes down south, you will reach Makomanai Park covered in lush green and the beautiful Ishiyama Green Space where the remaining of a quarry for Sapporo soft stones is located. This route will definitely elevate your spirit during the spring since you will be able to see distant mountains covered in snow.
C-2Venture further south and take on the route with variations in altitude intended for advanced cyclists.
This is a touring trip toward Mount Hakkenzan where you ride along the Toyohira River from the Ishiyama Green Space while appreciating the view of the orchards. After learning about the history of the Ainu people at the Ainu Culture Promotion Center, you are now ready for the highlight of this route, going from Toyama Dam, and then through Jozankei Hot Springs to Jozankei Dam. The view of red leaves during the autumn is simply stunning.
How to rent a bicycle in Sapporo
For moving around the city, use Porocle’s rental service. For authentic cycling please consult with the tour organizations.
Porocle is a new bicycle sharing service available in downtown Sapporo. Rent a bicycle from any of the more than 40 ports, and return it to any port you like. The One-day Pass, convenient for sightseeing, is available at more than 25 locations in Sapporo, including the Porocle Counter and the Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center. Don’t forget your mobile phone and a piece of ID when registering.
Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center JR Sapporo West Concourse, Kita 6-jo 4-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo
8:30 to 20:00
Eki-chari is convenient for renting bicycles in Sapporo and you can apply at the cycling ports near Sapporo Station. This service is also available to tourists. For application, please bring your ID card or passport and fill in the form (bilingual in Japanese and English) at the counter.
Eki-chari Cycling Port: Kita 5-jo Nishi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo (inside the bicycle parking area)
6:00 to 24:00
Road and mountain bicycles
Within the city of Sapporo, there are several bicycle tours offered by cycling organizations. You may also rent road bikes and mountain bikes when applying for this service, so tourists can also easily participate. For those who want to try out authentic bicycle touring, please contact Cycling Frontier which also offers rental service alone.
Cycling Frontier 3F Hoshien, Citizen Activity Plaza, Minami 8-jo Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo