Lake Shikotsu to Sapporo
Distance: 31 miles
Total Distance: 1773 miles
Photo Album

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Lots of climbing to start the day, and then a nice cruise down into the heart of Sapporo! We’re staying at a great hostel here (Ino’s Place) for three nights (two full rest days!) before heading up to Daisetsu-zan and Asahikawa. We don’t really have too many plans while we’re here, other than laundry, sleeping in, and visiting the Sapporo Brewery Museum!

Here are some pictures from our ride in today: it was a tough climb out of Lake Shikotsu, but very pretty all the way. We really enjoyed riding on the bike path along the river through the center of the city–lots of people out jogging, riding bikes, barbecuing, and suntanning. It reminded us of San Diego!

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Fishermen camping along the shore of Lake Shikotsu

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Huge golden Buddha at some "new religion" temple on the road to Sapporo--they tried to get us to come in but we ran away instead

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Cool bridge over the river in Sapporo--the arch is a pedestrian walkway

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This may be the first person we have seen sunbathing in Japan