Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sapporo-Shikotsuko (60 km)

From Sapporo take National Route 453 to the south. After Makomanai you come to Ishiyama and will pass by the Geijitsu no mori Museum. Around here is last the chance for drink and food supply. After approx. 5 more kms the street will start to rise and you will pass by the Makomanai Country Club. Within the next 20 km there are 3-4 up-down sequences, which are fairly tiring. Just before the last descend to Shikotsuko you can turn right to Hokkaido Route 673 climb up to Okotanpeko. When you go straight instead you will descend to Shikotsuko and arrive at lake-level at a camp site.There is a road which circles the lake of about 4/5 of its lenght. From the camp site to Shikotsuko han, a very touristic place, is approx. 10 kms. There you leave the lake and the road will climb a small hill. After 3 kms you will meet National Route 276 which takes you back to the lake, but the view of the lake is limited on this side.

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