The Hokkaido Wilds

We’ve been relying on Robert Thomson’s excellent cycling and ski touring routes for years. Available at 14Degrees- Off the beaten track they helped us plot and plan new rides, new backcountry trips and snowshoeing expeditions around Tanuki Lodge in the Niseko and Rankoshi regions.


So we’re very excited to see the new shape Rob’s resources have taken with the launch of The Hokkaido Wilds. A dedicated portal to getting outdoors in Hokkaido with routes, descriptions, amazing photos and tons of the information that it can be tricky sourcing as a foreigner, with limited Japanese, in Japan. There’s a great crew of people behind The Hokkaido Wilds and some excellent information, especially for those planning to explore Hokkaido’s amazing backcountry. Make sure you check it out and in particular;

Lets Cycle Niseko 2015

While Niseko is well known as a winter destination what fewer people are aware of is the enormous list of reasons to get there in summer. Cycling is just one of those reasons but if you’re interested in being on two wheels then it is a fairly compelling one. Every year effort is put into improving Niseko as a cycling destination. This video documents some of those efforts. 

Let’s Cycle Niseko 2015 – Full story version from TUNE on Vimeo.

Ride into summer in Niseko

Spring is creeping over Niseko and while there is plenty of snow on the ground now it IS time to start planning for your summer holiday! If riding your bike is your thing then there is a great range of events on each year in Niseko around which you could plan a cycling holiday.

Nature Ride Niseko kicks things off with a fairly relaxed event, all the better to get to know the locals by! With two distances, 50km and 110, its accessible to everyone and includes two of our favourite local attractions, Mt Yotei and Lake Toya. held on July 5th you can register here.

Nature Ride Niseko – 110km from Glen Claydon on Vimeo.

Coming up next is the Niseko Classic. Registrations are open now for this event held on the weekend of July 12-13th in 2015. There are two different lengths and races for men and women. The course does a loop through some of Niseko’s best cycling country which coincidentally, happens to encircle Tanuki Lodge so even if you can’t attend the event it provides a great route with which to kick off your cycling holiday at some other time.

The Hanazono Hill Climb is up on August 2nd and again, with plenty of grades for all sorts of riders, takes advantage of Niseko’s Mt Annupuri to provide a spectacular route.

The Tour de Hokkaido is in its twenty-sixth year and takes place September 11-13th. Not an event most of us can get a place in but sure to provide some spectacular viewing and inspiration for your own riding!

Wrapping up the season is the Lake Toya Gran Fondo with two days of events, again for all sorts of riders across the weekend of September 26-27th September.

Tanuki Lodge is ideally placed for all these events and as you’ll discover, many of them provide inspiration for riding routes even if you’re here at a different time of year. We’ve got a dedicated indoors bike storage area and workshop so there’s plenty of room to set up your bike and  keep it ticking along happily during your stay. Get in touch if you’d like to book your summer holiday!

No reservations about the food

It’s a few years old now but still a great insight into some of the food highlights of Niseko. In 2011 Anthony Bourdain visited Niseko with his No Reservations show. The places he visited and featured in this show are still open today. Most notable is master soba maker Rai-san, of Rakuichi, very handy to Tanuki Lodge and one of the places we recommend you just. don’t. miss.