Is Niseko the Future Cycling Hub of Japan?

  • July 19, 2022

Photo Credit: NAMBA

It's no secret that Niseko has some of the most incredible, mellow terrain in the world for powder skiing & snowboarding – these more gradual slopes (in comparison to the steep vertical mountains of Europe and North America) also make the area perfect for cyclists. More organizations and events are beginning to recognize and capitalize on this – here are a few to keep an eye on:

ANA Niseko Classic

Closed roads, clean air and beautiful vistas.

The 150km and 80km races are official UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifier events, and are supervised by the Japan Cycling Federation. Each year points gained count towards the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. Hosted in different locales each year.

The event is streamed on YouTube and is growing with each year.


The Niseko Area Mountain Bike Association - Building trails and community.

Creating a world class sustainable mountain bike community and off-road biking ecosystem. That is the vision of NAMBA. Not just trail riding, they promote ideals of equality and inclusion, environmental responsibility while adding value to the community. Vacation Niseko is a proud sponsor.

That and a mountain biking code of conduct are sure to make the TWIN PEAKS bike park awesome!

Niseko Gravel

Gravel road bikes are great for all road conditions.

This flavour of cycling is gaining in popularity around the world. Somewhere between road racing and mountain biking, gravel racing also occurs in single stage, multi day or enduro style races. Not forgotten in this is a strong social ethos of community and fun.

The Panaracer Niseko Gravel ride is a spring and autumn event!

Grand Hirafu Summer Gondola & Bike Park

Feel like using the gondola to get up the mountain rather than pedal power?

The Grand Hirafu Summer Gondola and Bike Park allows riders of all ages to test the trails on what is usually a snow covered wonderland in winter. There are trails for beginners and for advanced riders as well. In contrast to NAMBA there is a cost for the Gondola Ride.

It is ok to go to the top without your bike just to see the view.


Time to get out there on the mountain!

Vacation Niseko can set you up with a great rental bike. Just drop us a line . Please note, you must be a guest at one of our accommodations to take advantage of this offer.


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