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welcome to the hakuba gravel fest.

We are excited to welcome you all to the inaugural Hakuba Gravel Fest. This event is designed to capture the spirit of adventure and of pure cycling spirit. We have selected a stunning location, based at the stunning The Happo Hotel and a course that will deliver in challenge as it will astound in its beauty. The less travelled roads of the Hakuba Valley will become your playground for a weekend of gravel essence , discovery and mateship both on and off the bike.

The gravel cycling scene has experienced exponential growth over the last few years and we are excited to create an event here in Japan that can meet the needs of this emerging cycling market, both deomestically and when the time is right, to our friends and gravel family from overseas.


We believe that the course offers riders the chance to enjoy an adventure like none other and we wish you safe travels and a wonderful experience.

Have a great ride.

Adam Cobain

RideJapan/Hakuba Gravel Fest Director

  • tour info
    our philosophy a ridejapan tour is a professionally guided bicycle journey. we aim to make our tours as good as they can possibly be and constantly fine-tune our services and itineraries. on all our tours we maintain a high standard of service and a fine attention to detail. through meticulous itinerary planning, careful preparation, thorough staff training and attention to our client’s needs, we deliver a comfortable, safe, fun and enriching travel experience every time! we design all our own itineraries, carefully researching each new route and it has taken years to produce these carefully crafted experiences. we constantly review our tours to ensure that we offer the optimum experience, enhancing our existing experiences and developing new ones. live. train. race. ride. a cycling tours needs a solid and rewarding route, and this is the core feature of any successful tour. many high-end operators based outside the region offer frills with their service and style, but miss the point when it comes to the routes they take. with more than 10 years living riding, learning, ridejapan is, by far, the most professional and comprehensive cycling tour company in japan. at ridejapan we make the effort to weave together enjoyable cycle routes with favourite destinations. as much as we can, we ride point-to-point and make sure we avoid the worst traffic, but we also like to linger in the more worthwhile places and always take the scenic route. balance. all cyclists need a good sense of balance and we try to strike the right balance between price and service for our tours. we want to provide the very best services and accommodation for our clients without being overly exclusive or expensive. in terms of where we fit in the hierarchy of international bicycle tour providers we try to follow the middle way. we are certainly not the most expensive, and we are definitely not a cut-price operation. our tours are fully supported with vehicles, well-trained staff and a full range of top-end equipment. we take very good care of our clients. our staff to client ratio is generally one to three. we do not make you fix your own flat tires or clean your own bikes and we certainly don’t assign chores. we provide more comfortable services and accommodation than most operations, but at a similar price!
  • our rides
    ridejapan knows that cyclists are a diverse group and there’s no magic formula for creating the perfect ride experience for everyone. our tours and events are divided into several distinct categories that hopefully caters to everyone’s needs. from one-day events, coffee shop cruising around tokyo to our epic alps route japan, we have something for everyone. Self-Guided Tours Let RideJapan build you a custom itinerary around your riding requirements and level and the dates that suit. Guided Tours Enjoy our range of classic multi-day cycling tours that take you on an unforgettable cycling journey. Bespoke Tours Bespoke tours are designed to give you a unique Japan cycling experience. We design it for you. Events RideJapan Events are our one-day classic rides where we tackle the best of courses and cycling roads in Japan. Race Packages From UCI GranFondo to thrilling CX, Japan has some top-class cycling races and RideJapan can help you get there.
  • tour levels
    ridejapan wants you to enjoy your time with us and in japan, so please select a tour that suits your ability. beyond that, we offer customization and flexibility and are happy to discuss variations of courses to suit the individual or group needs. the cycling component of our tours are designed so that you can complete part of a day’s route and hop in the team van or car for sections that may be too long or challenging for you. if you don’t feel like riding today; no matter; we can work out alternatives so that you can still enjoy your trip. no pressure, no stress. all our trips require basic fitness, preferably acquired through riding your bike. the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the riding. we encourage you to use these metrics to gauge the suitability of a tour for you and your cycling abilities. keep in mind that local conditions, roads and the distance and elevation data that goes with them, are subject to change. easy tours | 🔥 designed for those that like to absorb the sights and culture a bit more than the riding, so we drop the daily distance right down and take a very gentle pace with 2-4 hours of easy riding each day. while minimised, riding in traffic or a group is important and we recommend having these skills as a minimum. like with all our tours, the fitter you are then more you will enjoy your experience. these tours include our tokyo coffee ride or a easy flat roll along the tone river to a few days exploring nikko or mt. fuji. naturally our bespoke tours can all be customized to suit this type of riding experience. intermediate tours | 🔥🔥🔥 ridejapan intermediate tours are suited to the majority of riders and we offer plenty of flexibility with balanced courses. distances vary, but typically 3-5hours cycling with a few hills each day. riders should have confidence descending and climbing along with riding in a group. traffic is a part of cycling and having confidence is important. riders should be able to easily ride 80-100km on hilly terrain for consectutive days and training for these tours will maximize your enjoyment. these tour typically include our japan cycling experience and some of our shorter tours where the terrain is demanding. advanced tours | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 if you looking for a challenge then ridejapan advanced tours are for you. typically over 100km each day with considerable climbing involved and advanced bike handling skills required. descending hors categorie climbs in all weather conditions, riding long distances over consecutive days is a must. we are much more likely to keep a higher pace and expect people who join these tours to have high level fitness and bike handling. riders must be able to ride 3000m and 130km at a reasonable average speed and alps route japan is a perfect example of this level. riders are monitored for fitness prior to commencing the tour.
  • accommodation styles
    ridejapan wants you to enjoy your time with us and in japan, so we choose a variety of accommodation options when designing a tour. japan abounds in accommodations, both western-style and japanese. types of accommodation vary widely in terms of style and services, however, all ridejapan cycling tours have been tried and tested to integrate with the best that the region and japan has to offer. we choose to stay in the familiar comforts of a western-style hotel, great after a long day in the saddle and simplicity is needed or to enjoy the comfort and personal attention of a traditional japanese inn, ryokan or western style lodge. western style hotels all of japan’s cities have many western-style hotels,with famous-name chains well represented in all larger cities. in these hotels, the staff will speak english. especially in peak tourist seasons, it is best to book far in advance. more than 220 member hotels of the japan hotel association(jha) have consistently high standards of service and facilities. the majority of these hotels will have the same amenities as any western establishment in any country, including heating, tvs, air conditioning and swimming pools, with the possible additional services of interpreters and shopping and health centers. ryokan ryokan are a form of traditional japanese travel accommodation that has been widely used since long ago. combining the comforts of a hotel with those of your own home, ryokan are places where you can enjoy the unique culture and lifestyle which have developed in japan, and also her unique traditions of service. furthermore, ryokan are located in every region of the country in places with distinctive local food, culture and points of interest, and offer an experience of the real japan as it changes with the seasons. minshiku not that ridejapan uses them often, but one way to penetrate below the surface of the daily life you’re passing through, is to check into a minshuku. the japanese equivalent of guest-home type lodgings, minshuku are family-run businesses, with the rented rooms being part of the owners’ own home. they are often found in choice resorts and vacation spots, and feature moderate rates. as befits their “home industry” status, minshuku offer considerably fewer amenities than strictly professional establishments. guests, for example, are expected to fold up their bedding in the morning and stow it away in a closet, just as a family member would. when in rome… pension pension accommodations generally fall somewhere between the homey atmosphere of a minshuku and the more pampered amenities of a hotel. they are usually found in areas popular for sports, such as near ski resorts and in mountains and their open-spirited philosophy and unrestricted management styles are usually very accommodating to anyone who is adaptable
  • what to expect
    ridejapan prides itself on local knowledge and a comprehensive knowledge of the best areas and roads to ride. this ip is held close and forms the routes that are the core feature of a successful cycle tour and we make the effort to weave together enjoyable cycle routes with favorite destinations. as much as we can, we ride point-to-point and make sure we avoid the worst traffic. we linger in the worthwhile places and always take the scenic route. we design all our own itineraries, carefully researching each new route. we constantly review our tours to ensure that we offer the optimum experience and this is why ridejapan is the leading cycle tour operator in japan. all cyclists need a good sense of balance and we try to strike the right one between price and service for our tours. we provide the very best services and accommodation for our clients without being overly exclusive or expensive. our tours are fully supported with vehicles, well-trained staff and a full range of top-end equipment. we take very good care of our clients. our staff to client ratio is generally one to three. we do not make you fix your own flat tires or clean your own bikes and we certainly don’t assign chores. we provide more comfortable services and accommodation than most operations, but at a similar price. our service begins long before the tour departs. to help you make your decision, we provide you with a detailed interactive real-time itinerary so that you always have the latest and up to date information. as our clients usually come from many different directions at different times, our tours have a designated starting point so do not always include pick up at the airport. (though we are happy to arrange transfers if you need one). some of longer tours include products from our partners and usually have a souvenir kit available (either included or for purchase) along with discounted scicon cycle travel products and top class schwalbe tyres. of course if your tour has bike rental included, as a experienced bike-fit specialist, ridejapan makes sure you are super comfortable on your new bike. you will meet your highly experienced cycle guides plus our staff and assistants who are responsible for taking care of you, your bike and to ensure that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy a trouble-free journey with no worries about logistics or timetables. the tour price includes all accommodation, all meals apart from lunch and beverages; and maybe a dinner or two in big cities, so you can make some of your own culinary discoveries. our support vehicles carry your luggage and provide a place for you to rest if you get tired. during the rides, we keep you topped up with water, fruit, soft drinks and snacks and we make sure you get a nice cold drink – and usually a cold towel as well – at the end of each ride and if desired a massage from our amazing masseuse who join us on the longer tours. most meals are included and since so many meals we serve feature local cuisines, we do our best to deliver the real thing. we eat dinner together family style, which means sharing a number of delicious dishes, making sure it is an authentic feast worthy of hardworking and hungry cyclists. we strive to offer a good mix of accommodation on all of our tours, always aiming for local charm. depending on the tour, we stay at three- or four-star lodges that compliment the local culture, and sometimes logistics forces us to become creative. who am i riding with? statistically speaking, an average ridejapan tour consists of 12 clients, 2 tour leaders, one driver soignuer/masseuse and a driver/photographer. the group of 12 will be comprised of a few different nationalities (most often australian and us), speak at least two languages, contain slightly more males than females and have an average age of 42. of the 12, two will return the following year to take another ridejapan tour, five will join another ridejapan tour within three years and nine will at least contact us to show an interest in joining another tour. we sometimes wonder what happens to the other one! all 12 will contact each other at least once after the tour. around half will remain in contact, many will become good friends, and on more than one occasion we have been invited to a wedding! our exceptionally good rate of return clients tells us we must be doing something right. it also tells us something about the people who join our tours. ridejapan cyclists are fun and part of the attraction of our tours is meeting like-minded people with a passion for traveling by bicycle. solo travelers are always welcome and those who would like their own room have the option of paying a single supplement. otherwise we will arrange for a shared room with another solo traveler (of the same sex) at no extra cost. if there is no roommate available, ridejapan will cover the additional cost of a single room.
  • booking
    if you have found your perfect tour and read the booking conditions, here’s what you need to do to confirm your place. from the tour page click the ‘book now’ link or send us an email and we will get back to you discuss the tour in more detail and how to guarantee your place. all departures for this tour will appear, just select the date you’d like to travel and any available options. self-guided tours need a bit of back of forth through email as we build these custom to you, so send us message and we can go from there.
  • travelling with children
    ridejapan offers a wide range of family adventures in some amazing areas of japan. the minimum age (for family trips) varies depending on destination, and ridejapan has set minimum ages to ensure that the included activities suit each age range. additionally, you’ll notice that some of the more adventurous destinations have a higher minimum age. please contact us for more details on family travel options.
  • who are ridejapan travellers
    who are ridejapan travellers? ridejapan cycling tours are for travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. whether you’re travelling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is a ridejapan adventure to suit your interests and comfort level. each ridejapan cycling tour has a physical and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you. basic cycling ability is required for our easy tours and specialist fitness and bike handling for our advanced tours, and of course, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the japan culture. how many people will be on my trip? good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. this means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating our accommodation providers. on most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website. are there age restrictions on your trips? for the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15. an adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. our guided tours have a minimum age of 18. younger children can join us on our self-guided family trips and short break adventures, but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip’s overview page on the website. most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a self-assessment form is required for all passengers 70 years and over.
  • travelling solo
    i’m travelling alone – is that ok? this is the beauty of the ridejapan style of travel: many of our travellers join because they are travelling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people. we all love cycling and have an interest in japan. if i am travelling solo, will i be charged a single supplement? as a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. if you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same gender, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement (available on the majority of our trips). if you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly.
  • room types
    can we book a triple room? depending on the trip style you choose, our trips are organised on a twin basis. as our bookings are made well in advance, individual room requests can’t be guaranteed. can i book a single room? you can book pre and post accommodation on a single basis; however, throughout your ridejapan tour, rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. some trips do have a single supplement available – check a trip’s overview page on our website, or their trip notes, to see whether a single supplement is offered. if so, please request this at the time of booking.
  • food, drink and dietary requirements"
    i have special dietary requirements – will they be catered for? we will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. we will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your leader. it is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group. what will the food be like on my trip? food is one of the most exciting parts of travel. there may be some familiar fare but often you’ll be confronted with the new, interesting and downright weird of the culinary world but we like to think of it as an adventure for all the senses. can i drink the water? japan has very clean and good quality drinking water, but also we advise having bottled water on hand. we stop regularly at shops where this can be purchased. in some destinations it may not be wise to drink the local water.
  • travel advice
    a ridejapan tour is an expert-led bicycle journey in Japan. we strive to make our tours as good as they can possibly be and constantly fine-tune our services and itineraries. on all our tours we maintain a high standard of service and attention to detail through meticulous itinerary planning, careful preparation, thorough staff training and attention to our client’s needs, we deliver a comfortable, safe, fun and enriching travel experience. if you have narrowed down a tour or have a destination in mind, we suggest that you have a read over the tour advice pages where we aim to prepare for your visit to japan. if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, or require further advice, please remember you can always contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.
  • currency and cash information
    what is the currency in my destination? how much should i take in credit cards/cash? can i use my credit card during my trip? japan is very much a cash-driven economy, with a lot of places still only accepting cash. the national currency in japan is the japanese yen (¥). it's best to get some cash converted before you leave home so you have change to catch the train to your destination, otherwise you can access cash exchange places at the airport. also keep in mind that while credit, debit and travel money cards are accepted by some larger companies in japan, many places (including hostels and small restaurants), will still only accept cash. make sure you plan ahead so that you will have enough money on you for the day. atms in japan the main places to get cash out of foreign cards are at atms located inside post offices and 7/11 stores, as other atms may not accept your card. once you have inserted your card, you will usually be given the option to use the machine in english. these atms can be found fairly easily in many parts of japan – particularly in large cities like tokyo, where 7/11 stores are everywhere – and the cost of withdrawing money from these atms is decent. just be aware that you may be charged international withdrawal fees from your bank at home, so it's best to check this before you leave.
  • responsible travel
    ridejapan is committed to responsible tourism, because we acknowledge that while tourism provides locals with income to improve their standard of living, it can also affect their culture and environment. therefore, to lessen our impact we need your cooperation. as a traveller, you play a major role in helping us maintain and improve our policy and practices. the following are some suggestions we would like to make, while specific cultural issues regarding responsible tourism will be discussed in more detail during the tour briefings. do some research on the destination and culture you’re visiting. this greatly helps you get an overview of that particular place so that you can adapt yourself to its environment and people. we all come from different social and cultural backgrounds so please keep in mind that what you consider normal behaviour may be extremely offensive to others. so please be sensitive and show respect to locals and their customs. taking photos is the norm among tourists, yet in certain areas people who practice animism or other forms of religion consider it taboo or bad luck. therefore, when in doubt, politely ask if you may take a photograph. if people seem reluctant or look away, simply don’t take the photo. it is also not advisable to photograph government officials and buildings as you may be asked to delete the photos or even have your camera confiscated. plans do go awry sometimes and when things don’t go your way, try not to lose your temper, no matter how angry you are. instead, always try to smile because it can not only improve your mood but also reduce the tension. simply put, smiling goes a long way anywhere in the world. souvenirs are available everywhere, but we encourage buying items that benefit the local economy and avoiding expensive shopping malls where most of the money goes abroad or to large businesses. while bargaining is often the norm in many countries, please do not generate ill-feeling by bargaining too hard. similarly, you should not bargain for items which you have no intention of buying. again, we can’t do this alone. we need your cooperation, and together we can make positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and sustain the earth’s diverse treasures for many years to come. if in doubt, please ask your guide for advice.
  • travel insurance
    do i need travel insurance? travel insurance is compulsory for all ridejapan travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. you must provide proof of your travel insurance prior to the commencement of the tour.ridejapan requires that you take out travel insurance when you book your holiday. what does my policy need to cover? at a minimum, your travel insurance should be ‘comprehensive’, providing cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of us$200,000. we also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. if you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.
  • visa information
    below is a basic introduction to the japanese immigration system. please contact your closest japanese embassy or consulate outside japan or an immigration bureau inside japan for official advice. entering japan all foreigners, including foreign residents, get fingerprinted and photographed upon entering japan as a measure aimed at preventing terrorism. excluded from this procedure are persons under the age of 16 and a few special groups, such as diplomats and visiting dignitaries. all foreigners receive a status of residence when entering japan. there are more than twenty statuses of residence, including “temporary visitor” for tourists, and a range of statuses for students, workers and relatives of japanese nationals and residents. tourists and business travelers (temporary visitors) if you are a citizen of one of the over 50 countries with which japan has a “general visa exemption arrangement”, you need only a valid passport to enter japan as a “temporary visitor”. otherwise, you need to obtain a visa before entering the country. temporary visitors from most countries are allowed to stay for up to 90 days. if you are a citizen of austria, germany, ireland, liechtenstein, mexico, switzerland or the united kingdom, you have the possibility to extend your stay to a total of up to six months. you still initially enter japan on a 90 day permit, but can then apply for an extension at an immigration bureau in japan. temporary visitors are not allowed to engage in any paid activities. however, short term studies at japanese language schools are permitted. all foreign tourists in japan are required to carry their passports with them at all times.
  • safety and medical information
    i am concerned about the political stability of japan? the safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority for ridejapan. with this in mind, we monitor world events very closely and ridejapan makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources, in particular the level of the australian government department of foreign affairs & trade (dfat) travel advisory. if this advisory is at level 4 ‘do not travel’ then ridejapan will either cancel the tour operated trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned. how safe are my belongings whilst on the trip? japan is renowned for being a very safe country for travel and your belongings, but while we take all the precautions we can to make sure your belongings are safe, travel insurance is a must for yourself and your items. while on tour our bikes are always locked in secure storage rooms, or kept in our rooms what is the best way to carry money? we recommend having access to money from a variety of sources – cash, cards and travel money cards are all commonly used. japan is still very cash driven, so always keep some on you and there are atm’s at all major towns and convenience stores.
  • cycle clothing essentials
    at least two complete kits in good repair. (bibs, ss jersey, socks) cycling shoes with new cleats sunglasses helmet cap winter/summer base layer head/neck warmer gloves (both short and long finger) arm/knee/leg warmers wind/rain vest or jacket winter or warm up jacket shoe or toe covers chamois cream and other recovery/comfort items. not all these items will be required, but it is good to have them on hand, especially when descending at altitude as even in high summer, temperatures and wind chill can be extreme.
  • bike essentials
    2 x bidons garmin or similar pedals (if renting from ridejapan) spare derailleur hanger new front and rear tyres & new tubes (no patched tubes) bike recently serviced and checked for by lbs new or recently new drivetrain with appropriate gearing ratios. new brake pads f&r new bar tape (no rips or tears) headset and bb bearings new or reasonably new braking surface on alloy and carbon wheels checked wear, check for play in bearings check wheels are true and spokes and in good repair remember that your ridejapan tour experience and safety is a priority of ours and a lot of this rests in the hands of your machine; take the maintenance of your bike seriously. any bike specific items that you feel may be needed (please contact ridejapan if any unsure and especially manufacturer specialist items).
  • carbon wheels
    for alpine tours and tours involving high mountains, please make sure that you DO NOT bring wheels with carbon braking surface. On long steep descents, ALL of these wheels are prone to delamination that can result in injury. contact ridejapan for more information regarding this.
  • mechanical assistance
    ridejapan will provide free mechanical assistance in the event of an issue, but will bill for any parts required at a reasonable rate with any outstanding monies to be settled at the end of the tour. on longer tours (5-7day) we have the ability to order broken parts for delivery, but please make sure all bikes, clothing and accessories are in good working order.
  • health
    anyone travelling on an adventure holiday should go to see their doctor for a check-up prior to the trip. japan is a modern country with no major however contact your doctor for any specific vaccinations you may need. your doctor will have access to the most up to date information about this. it is also a good idea to have a dental check-up before you go, as the facilities in many of the countries to which we travel may not be of the same standard as you are used to.
  • personal fisrt-aid
    although every ridejapan tour carries a medical kit, it is advisable to bring a supply of first aid items for your own personal use. here is a sample list: insect repellent. antiseptic cream. suncream and total bloc. throat lozenges or hard sweets. painkillers. aspirin, paracetamol etc. anti-diarrhoea (diocalm or immodium). plasters (band-aids) and ‘second skin’ for blisters. antibiotics. a broad-spectrum antibiotic (such as ciproxin) suitable for a variety of infections. re-hydration salts. (dioralite). dextrose glucose tablets. multi-vitamin tablets.
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The Hakuba Gravel Fest is a course that takes riders on a 65km loop around the Hakuba Valley. The course has 13 gravel/dirt sections that total almost 40km. Each lap also has approximately 1300m of elevation gain.


On course there are two checkpoint/service locations 18km/48km where riders can replenish hydration and receive mechanical or medical support. These point are also mandatory timing points, so all riders must stop and sign in with the HGF crew.


The mixed terrain sections vary and include well used compressed dirt roads and rice field access roads, to purpose-built MTB trails and technical forest road. For this reason we recommend bikes with wide knobby tyres, and either gravel, CX or MTB bikes. This course is not suited to road bikes!!

1 lap =
Distance 65km
Elevation 1300m
Gravel 38km




In order to have the best weekend enjoying the Hakuba Gravel Fest it is important to be well prepared. Spend some time reviewing the points below and make sure that you understand the basic requirements.



ALL riders are expected to have a functional GPS device with the RideWithGPS course pre-loaded. Following the route using the GPS is your primary way to navigate the course. DO NOT rely on course markings or other riders to navigate the course.

 The final course will made available in the week prior to the event so please make sure to download the latest and most current version of the route from the website.



This is a gravel event with multiple sections dirt/gravel roads, forest roads. The course suits gravel bikes, CX and MTB bikes, so all styles of these bikes will be adapted to the terrain. We have tested 700X42C gravel tyres, 650X47C gravel tyres, 29X2.20 MTB tyres, however, CX 700X32C is also suited as long as there is sufficient raised/knobbed tread.

 *File tread or road treads are not adequate or suited to this course.

 Gearing should be suitable for low-speed technical off-road climbing and bikes should be well maintained and recently serviced so as to be able to safely handle long sections of rough terrain.

 Bikes should be carrying at least 2 bidons (water bottles) and adequate spares, tools, tubes, patches, pumps etc to get riders out of trouble.



The weather in Hakuba during early is mostly mild and we expect temperatures in the low 20’s. However, as conditions are susceptible to change, especially at some altitude during the ride, please make sure to pack wet weather gear, and warmers. Overnight temperatures are approximately 10degrees below daily temperatures, so pack appropriate off-bike clothing.


Food and Drink

Hakuba Gravel Fest offers some basic supplies at checkpoints, including water and some food and will also provide riders with the opportunity to have their own supplies transported to the checkpoints. Please bring your own on-bike supplies with you as options available in Hakuba City will be limited to those items that can purchased at Supermarkets/Convenience stores etc.


Registration Pack/Bib

Registration is open Saturday 4JUN from 9:00AM until 12:00PM at The Happo.

Riders can collect their registration bag which includes bib number and bike number as well as other items from sponsors. Please attach you bib number to the rear of you cycling jersey or top and the bike number as indicated in the images.

Safety points and zip ties will be provided and please make sure the bike number is always clearly visible.



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Bike wash will be provided b y the Muc-Off team at the event start location. 



We understand that some riders will need a wash after their ride before heading home. The team at THE HAPPO have made their hotel onsen for all riders post event on Sunday 5JUN.
Please bring your own towel or rental towels are available for a small fee.


location & PARKING


The start area opens at 12:15and ALL RIDERS need to sign on. If you DO NOT sign on, you will not get a finish time and will be DNS (DID NOT START).
Please make sure to visit the timing staff table and sign both the manual paper and be checked in in the timing system.

Once you are officially checked in, please remain in the start area to be present for rider briefing and start protocols.


The ride starts in downtown Hakuba and uses roads in the valley that are shared with other road users. While much of the course is on very minor roads, please follow all standard road rules and signage, sharing the road and following the road rules.


DO NOT under any circumstances break the road rules and riders MUST STOP at all crossings, traffic lights, stop signs and give ways and simply share the road in a respectful manner.


Any riders seen breaking these rules of the road or of the event will be DSQ (DISQUALIFIED).


Our goal is making sure we meet the highest standard of respect to all we encounter, so we expect ALL riders to represent the cycling community and the Hakuba Gravel Fest community to the highest level and leave nothing on the course but your tyre tracks.


DO NOT LITTER and leave nothing behind.


Riders are encouraged to utilise the rider bag check-in service to have food, drinks, and clothing available at the two checkpoints.

These checkpoints are mandatory to stop at and riders must sign-in both manually and via the timing system. Before each ride begins we will indicate the area for CP1 and CP2 to drop bags to be transported to the checkpoints. Bag, while disposable are best, will be returned after the ride to the The Happo for riders to collect.



At base of descent near Iwatake MTB/Gondala station.

70km/140km riders | Lap1-18km

210km riders | Lap1-18km & Lap2-83km


Operation Hours:

Saturday 4JUN – 13:30PM – 15:00PM*

Sunday 5JUN – 7:30AM - 12:30PM*





Right-side of road on Lake Aoki 200m past Rising Field Hotel

70km/140km riders | Lap 1 – 48km

210km riders | Lap1 – 48km & Lap 2 – 114km


Operation Hours:

Saturday 4JUN – 15:00PM – 17:00PM*

Sunday 5JUN – 9:30AM - 16:00PM*


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The course will be marked in various ways, both with arrows and tape. While we do our utmost to make sure these are clearly visible and well positioned, your primary means of navigation is the GPS on your bike. Organisers take no responsibility for riders going off-course and offer the course markings as secondary support to GPS device.


Finish Protocol

We will finish at the Hakuba Olympic Ski Jump. Riders will enter from the top access road and enter the stadium keeping to the left and the lower fenceline before making a right turn toward the stairs where dismounting will be required. Riders will then either reach the finish line 20-25m from the top of the stairs. We do this to keep the finish line area safe and lower the speed across the finish.


Riders will be entered into the timing system for their result (or in the case of 210km riders, the 1st lap and the final time). Riders can enjoy the finish line vibes and help cheer the other riders on before departing the area along the top and down the road to The Happo for after-party and presentations.


Rider Cut-off

While we will not enforce any cut-off on course we will close the ski-jump finish area after 17:15PM on Saturday and 15:00PM on Sunday. The finish area will move to The Happo where late riders will be welcomed at the post event party. Riders must still visit the timing tent to be officially signed off and receive a finish time.



Riders will be timed using our Webscorer Timing System. This will provide results across for the combined times for Stage 1 and Stage 2, as well as provide results for the prize podiums. It is a manual system that needs riders to be checked in on the touchpad system. This needs to be done:


Start Line

Checkpoint 1

Checkpoint 2

Finish Line


Please prioritise the checking in with the timing staff before gathering any food and drink at the checkpoint and finish line. If you do not check-in there will be no split time and possible DNF resulting in no finish time.


Podium prizes/Awards for the Hakuba Gravel Fest are as follows:

  • Saturday 4JUN Presentation 17:30PM The Happo*



      70KM (1st,2nd,3rd | Trophy + Prizes)
    • GRV Trophy Leaders Jersey Presentation (1st | Jersey + Prizes)

    • SPECIAL RIDER AWARD (1st | Jersey + Prizes)

  • Sunday 5JUN Presentation 16:00PM The Happo*


      70KM (1st,2nd,3rd | Trophy + Prizes)
    • 140km (1st, 2nd, 3rd | Trophy + Prizes)

    • 210km (1st, 2nd, 3rd | Trophy + Prizes)

    • GRV Trophy Leaders Jersey Presentation (1st | Jersey + Prizes)

    • SPECIAL RIDER AWARD (1st | Jersey + Prizes)



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CODE : GravelFest2022


Bookable between June 3 arrival and June 6 departure.

King and Twin Rooms are ¥12,000/night with the code. You can enter the code here or from the link below.


6月3日到着から6月6日出発までの間に予約可能。 キングルームとツインルームは、コード付きで1泊12,000円です。以下のリンクからコードを入力できます



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