Kenta-san's Travel Bookmarks
|8:30||Departure from Oshamambe Onsen Hotel|
|10:00||Rest at "Roadside Station Kuro Matsunai|
|11:30||Lunch at Cafe 54 Rankoshi|
|13:30||Hydrate yourself with "Niseko Meisui Kanro-Sui" spring water.|
|14:15||Rest at Niseko Takahashi Farm|
|15:15||Arrive at Hotel "Chatrium Niseko Japan"|
DAY 2 is over!
Start of ride up the Hakodate Main Line mountain line
Railroad crossing near Oshamambe Station
The Hakodate Main Line runs from Oshamambe Station to Otaru Station via Niseko. This line, commonly known as the "Mountain Line," is the one that will be discontinued when the Hokkaido Shinkansen line is extended in 2030. Unintentionally, I stopped pedaling to take a picture.
Route 5 with reduced traffic
Yesterday, there was a lot of traffic on the Hakodate to Oshamambe section, but from Chomangubu to Niseko, the traffic suddenly decreased. Ruts were less noticeable and the road was very easy to ride. The average gradient is 2-3%, which is not so much of a steep slope. Be careful of occasional trucks and other large vehicles passing by!
Recharge your energy with Dorayaki
Roadside Station, Kuromatsunai
At the 30km point from the start, we took a break at a roadside station in the town of Kuromatsu. As I parked my bike on the bike rack, I could smell the aroma of baking bread. Apparently, there was a bakery attached to the roadside station where freshly baked bread could be tasted. We chose "Kimuraya's Dorayaki," a specialty of Kuromatsunai. The fluffy and thick pancake-like dough is filled with sweet bean paste.
Lunch at a cafe in a renovated old private house
Cafe 54 Rankoshi
It is time for an early lunch at Cafe 54 Rankoshi, a cafe near Rankoshi Station. Upon entering the restaurant, the first thing that surprised me was the height of the ceiling. The second floor still has a fusuma (a traditional Japanese sliding door made of paper sliding screens), an alcove, and a helmet on the wall, making the space quite novel and fashionable. We had natural yeast bread and warm tomato soup for lunch.
Taste the famous water from the Niseko mountain range
Niseko Meisui Kanro-Sui
On the recommendation of the owner of Cafe 54 Rankoshi, we hastily changed our route to Niseko's famous water, "Niseko Meisui Kanro-Sui". The name "Niseko Famous Water" was derived from the fact that Emperor Showa was delighted when he drank this water during his stay in Niseko, saying it was "nectar. It was very easy to drink, with a mellower taste than the "Yakumo Beverage Spring Water" we drank yesterday in Yakumo Town.
Snack time just before the finish line
Niseko Takahashi Farm Milk Factory
Take a snack break at Niseko Takahashi Farm Milk Studio, a famous sightseeing spot. We chose the recommended Niseko Cheese Tart. The hard tart is filled with soft cream cheese. I was surprised at the richness of the cream cheese.
Bicycle friendly hotel at the goal of the second day.
Chatrium Niseko Japan
We arrived at Chatrium Niseko Japan, our hotel for the second day. This is the same hotel where I stayed before, which is bike-friendly, so bicycles can be brought into the room. The hotel is also equipped with a free laundry and dryer to wash bike jerseys.
Tantalized by the exquisite Italian cuisine
CUCINA ITALIANA SWELL
Since it was the off-season during the summer, most of the restaurants around the hotel were closed. We went to the next town, Kutchan, and had dinner at a casual Italian restaurant we happened to find near Kutchan Station. The menu, which uses locally grown vegetables, is very tasty with the sweetness of the ingredients themselves. I decided right then that I should definitely revisit this place in the future!