We had the pleasure of Simon and Penny from Hong Kong and Christoff and Joanna from Switzerland on a ‘Cape of Divine Power’ self guided trip.
This trip’s route starts near Sapporo and threads around some of Hokkaido’s western area caldera lakes and volcanoes, including Mt Yotei which is often referred to as the ‘Mt Fuji of the North’ for its likeness to Japan’s largest mountain. It then finishes at a mini peninsula which juts out in to the Sea of Japan on the west coast of Hokkaido. The Ainu, who are the indigenous people of Hokkaido referred to the peninsula as the ‘Cape of Divine Power.’
The last night is in Hokkaido’s oldest port town where a lot of the old stone buildings from the nineteenth century still remain.
A highlight is seeing a young volcano called ‘Showa Shinzen’ which literally sprung from a farmer’s rice paddy and grew to a height of 400 meters within a few years.
Another day, the route finishes at Japan’s first whiskey factory. Ever sampled whiskey at the end of a ride?