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Gaijin Bikers in Japan
The continuing adventures of a couple of American bikers
in the Land of the Rising Sun

Gaijin Bikers Hokkaido 2004 Touring
2003.09.11Gaijin Bikers Hokkaido 2003 Touring
2000.9.28 2000 Hokkaido Touring

Hokkaido, the northernmost and least populated island of the Japanese archipelago, is a biker's paradise. Hokkaido is without a doubt the best place in Japan for motorcycling. It is perhaps the one place in Japan that enjoys a true surplus of land, with the majority of it still untouched by human hands. Hokkaido is open and vast, but not so huge that you'll become bored from seeing the same scenery all day long. A wide variety of terrain, from mountains and canyons, through plains and prairies, to the oceanside, is all accessible within a single day's ride.

Hokkaido is also home to an indigenous tribe of people known as the Ainu. Analogous to the American Indians, the Ainu are a traditional people who lived in harmony with nature and occupied Hokkaido long before it was settled by the mainland Japanese. No journey to Hokkaido is complete without taking in some of their culture.

One of the coolest things about Hokkaido is the rider houses. Great, cheap places to stay on the days when you don't feel like pitching a tent or want to trade stories with other bikers .

Wide open spaces and little traffic make for fantastic Roads that seem to stretch on forever with nary a traffic light to break your stride.

The volcanic activity that created the scenic beauty of these islands also provides Onsens Galore.

Hokkaido is famous for its scenic beauty

The Rider Experience