Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sapporo-Otaru-Asari togei-Jozankei-Sapporo (ca. 110 km)

Follow National Route 5 to the west (heavy traffic). After Zenibako there is a slight up slope. On the level of the Highway there is a tunnel and then a descend to Asari. On the top you also have a nice view of the Japan Sea. In Asari take a left turn to Hokkaido Route 3 (to Asari Interchange and Jozankei). In Asari last supply with food. In Asari Onsen (5km from Asari) last vendor machines before Jozankei. The street then winds itself up in front of the Asari Dam, which looks quite spectacular. After passing the lake a ca 7 km difficult slope with several hairpins start (less traffic from here). Unfortunately no view on the Japan Sea. After the pass (altitude ca. 750 m) steep descend. After passing the Sapporo Kokusai Ski Area, steady descend. After a few tunnels you reach the Sapporoko and the street leads over the Jozankei Dam. One more tunnel and a steep descend to Jozankei. In Jozankei you follow National Route 230 (heavy traffic) to Sapporo.

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