im planning to run to lake onuma from hakodate. are there roads that go from hakodate to lake onuma? i would prefer to NOT run on highways if possible.
Will like to check is there any Ensuite Private Onsen in Hokkiado hotel or Ryokan, again not too costly as understand that for private onsen is already "X" but just want to know the lowest for Private Onsen that anyone can advice or recommend. I will be arriving into Sapporo and prefer not too far away between 1-2 hours away from Sapporo will be great. It will also be best if it's near to a Ski Resort. Thanks once again.
Will like to check is there any Ensuite Private Onsen in Hokkiado hotel or Ryokan, again not too costly as understand that for private onsen is already "X" but just want to know the lowest for Private Onsen that anyone can advice or recommend. It will be great if it's near to a Ski Resort. Thanks once again.
We will be visiting Sapporo from a cruise ship. Is the cruise ship whalf reasonable walking distance from the centre of the city? What is the 2 main sights/features of Sapporo we should see whilst we are there? Many thanks for any info.
Hi, I'm hoping to take the Hamanasu night train from Sapporo to Aomori. I understand that I can try to reserve a seat in the Carpet car or Dream car without incurring extra charges if I have a JR Pass. The problem is that we only arrive in Japan about 3 days before this leg of the trip. Do you know how difficult it is to reserve those types of seats for a Monday night in mid May? Do you think we'll have trouble getting a reserved seat if we only reserve 3 days in advance? If those seats are not available, is it usually easy to get a regular seat? Thanks.
We will be visiting Muroran port on cruise ship Diamond Princess on 8th May. Interested in seeing native village and volcano attractions near Muroran as well as the cherry blossom in Maruyama Park. We understand the distance between Muroran and Sapporo, but can we get a taxi / hire driver to collect us at the ship and provide such a day trip to take in these attractions? If so at what cost? Thankyou Bill and Diane
Hi, my friend and I are going to be in Sapporo(ish) for a few days in May. I saw that it is the season for the Shibazakura and would really like to visit Takinoue Park and the tulip park. However, it looks extremely difficult to reach Takinoue by public transport. (Or it could be easy but I cannot get decent translations of the Japanese webpages online.) If anyone can give me some idea of how to get to Takinoue from Asahikawa or Sapporo, that'll be much appreciated. Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone know of any day tours originating from Sapporo to both parks. Alternatively, we may go to Asahikawa the night before and try to join a tour from there. I've emailed Asahikawa Tourism and they said the 2012 tour schedule is not available yet. I know last year they only have these tours on the weekends, so they may not be a viable option depending on our schedule. We also considered renting a car, but my friend and I only know how to drive automatic. Would this be a problem? Also, is it difficult to drive in Hokkaido? (road conditions, straight forward directions, etc) While we're at it, do you know if there is a reasonably priced ryokan with a private bath in the area? We are a bit shy about using a public onsen and my friend said one option is to book a room with a private bath. Thanks.
Hi, I'm a beginner very new to skiing and will be going hokkaido from Feb 8 to 13. Me and my boyfriend plan to go skiing but not sure where to choose yet, we know that niseko, furano are quite well know if I'm staying at sapporo, will it be far? Have anyone heard of Kiroro ski world? Please recommend, manyh thanks! Cheryl
Hi, I am going to Noboribetsu and want to find fresh seafood meal. Is there any seafood or fish market nearby? if yes, can I have the name and address please, thanks in advance..
Hi All I would like to ask if there are any theme parks in Hokkaido and which parts of Hokkaido would be perfect for a family of about 8, including two children aged 8 and 6. I am planning to make the trip in Dec, next month. Thank you for your help.
Hi all, I am planing to do a skiing trip at Niseko in coming late January. Initially, I was planning to rent a car and explore some of the scenic places in Hokkaido, however, it seems that the roads will be icy and covered with snow, not a wise choice to drive a car. May I know how is the public transportation such trains and buses there ? Is it easy to move around with them ? I heard they are expensive and infrequent, is it true ? I will going during chinese new year period, will the shops be closed or transportation be a problem ? Thanks a lot for your advice !!
Hi , I'm from Singapore n am planning for a trip to Hokkaido on last week of Dec. As it's my first trip & am traveling alone, I hope to engage someone to show me around & travel with me, OR if there's anyone traveling to Hokkaido during same period, we may hook up and travel together . Hope to hear from u guys, cheers!
Hi, Who would be in Nara or Osaka, Hiroshima or close there whatsover in the time of October 1 to 9??? Or Tokyo that time? Please email me as I might be there too and would like to know who else is there and would like to do something together. Just mail me directly thanks alex
What are the ways that one can travel to the Sapporo downtown and get around while in Sapporo and then return to the cruise ship dock. What is the most economical and which is the most efficient and what are the costs for each? Are there Tour operators that service the port area?
Greetings, Can anyone advise how I can book a hotel in Rumoi? The 3 hotel listing in Jalan.net are all in Japanese which I cannot understand. Ryan
I'm finalising my plans to attend a conference in Sapporo in September and should only have a day or two afterwards to see anything other than the 'walking tour' of Sapporo the conference is organising midweek. I would appreciate some advice on whether that is enough to see anything outside of Sapporo? What I can do/see and where I can go on a day trip? Or if I need to get out of Sapporo at all? I heard about the Ainu (?) people? Can I go to where they are on a day trip and does it require an organised trip or can I do it by myself? Will language be a problem since I don't speak Japanese other than the basic greetings!
I should be arriving in Sapporo (CTS) on September 10 at either 10.55am or 4.25pm (depending on which flight I manage to get from NRT) with at least 2 pieces of baggage (a large suitcase and a hand baggage) or with the 3 pieces of baggage I travelled into Canada with (one large suitcase and 2 hand baggage sized smaller pieces). Though all are on wheels, I have only one pair of hands and can drag only two at a time! ;-) So, I need some form of convenient ground transportation to a hotel in town (which I have yet to select/book). Appreciate information on all possible options and possible costs. Thank you! :-)
I'm interested in going to the Ainu Kotan Village that's near Lake Akan from Sapporo. Could you tell me how to do so via train or bus. If there's a website that includes schedules and prices, please let me know.
Can anyone give me an idea of times and distances for travellling by car around this area to photograph these birds. in the kushiro area: Akan Tanch-no-sato, Tsurui Village, lake Shirarutaro, Kushiro ***sugen to see cranes. Could this be done in one day or would we need 2? In Akan NP, we want to see whooper swans in Lake Kussharo. Is this a full day trip from Kushiro? How far by car is Lake Akkeshi from Kushiro? Is it on the way to nemuro? How far by car is lake Furen ( Fzren?) near nemuro? Can we do a day trip from Kushiro to Rausu ( to see sea eagles) or is it too far? Could we do a 3 day round trip to these areas?
what are other option for "day trips " from sapporo. thanks for any help. U.
I would arrival New Chitose Airport after 11 pm in Jan. Would there still be train or Bus departure from airport to downtown Sapporo? The taxi fare is very expensive.
Hello, this will be my first time going to hokkaido in january. I just want to ask what kind of clothes should i wear? how many layers should i wear ? should i wear boots with thermal soles ? should i get heat packs to keep myself warm ? what is the temperature at hokkaido now ? PLEASE HELP ME ON THIS AS I AM GOING TO LEAVE SOON and i have been staying in a one hot season country and i am afraid the weather will be too extreme for me .. thanks alot
Hi... any recommendation for accommodation in Noboribetsu? Looking for ryokan with meals inclusive breakfast/dinner and most important must have onsen. My first time to Hokkaido, would like to experience the Japanese culture. Looking for not too expensive accommodation (approx US$100 per person).
HiFrens, May I know any nice things to do / to see / to eat in Eastern Hokkaido? Of course seafood is a must.. how about any famous or good raman or local food in Eastern part of Hokkaido? How is the weather in Mid December? As it will be Winter time.. will the cold weather affect my camera function?
As I will be in Sapporo next week, I am interested to know if I can buy Kyocera ceramic kitchen knives from Tanukikojo Shopping Street? or do I have to go to a supermarket to buy this item? Where is the nearest supermarket located from Hotel Royton Sapporo? I will be staying at Royton Sapporo Hotel.
If my brain serves me right the winter olympics were first held in japan in 1972 in Sapporo. From any Olympics games it leaves venues for future generations and Olympics fans to visit. I was wondering if anyone has ever visited any olympic sights in Sapporo or if anyone knows any websites with some more information? Or have they all be pulled down meaning i should visit Nagano. Just plan to goto Sapporo for a few days in winter. Willl be good to have some snow fun in japan
I am will be staying in Sapporo in mid Aug 2010. The accom. arranged by my host is at Hotel Royton Sapporo. I would like to know whether it is possible to access public transportation to places of interest such as: Tanukikoji Shopping Street Sweet Factory Outlets at Mitsui Park Central Wholesale Market Ishiyiya Chocolate Factory Susukino Historical Village? Is this worth visiting? As this is a business trip, I am unable to sign up for the Chuo bus sight-seeing trips and would need to rely on public transport. I would appreciate if someone can advise me of a website showing map of Sapporo, that outlines the location of my hotel to the abovementioned places. many thanx.
Hi, I had a question about hiking routes in Daisetsuzan Park. It is a big park with many trails but surprisingly there is not much information about the trails themselves. I want to start from Furano or Asahikawa and go on a whole day hike (7+ hrs, a bit challenging) and see lots of blooming wildflowers and end at a point where I can either take a bus to either town or stop at an onsen and get back to town the next morning fairly easily. From Asahikawa, it seems everyone takes a bus to Asahidake base and then a ropeway (is that a cable car?) to the onsen. From there is it possible to hike to Sounkyo Onsen in a day? Hiking to Furano seems to take at least 3-4 days so that is too long for me. But I read that the area near Furano is much more peaceful and has more wildflowers. Which hiking trail can you recommend for great scenery? Alternatively, would I be better off trying to find a route at Lake Toya?
Hi, I find the rail passes a bit confusing. I am thinking of traveling to and from Hokkaido from Tokyo and traveling around Hokkaido for about 12 days. Which rail pass would be suitable for me? As well, I wanted more information about shuyu-ken and furii kippu passes. In the Lonely Planet they said these are tickets with return fare plus unlimited JR local travel within the destination area. It did say there was shuyu-ken available to travel to Hokkaido, albeit for seven days. Can someone confirm this and give more information on these passes please? Cheers,
We're thinking of going on our own to explore Hokkaido. Anyone have any tips on what must see/must do etc.. for our plan? Appreciate your help.