are there any English-speaking tour guides available that could meet a cruise ship and take my wife and I on a 4-6 hour tour of the Muroran area?
Hi all, I need advice, I noticed that Hokkaido is famous with seafood, my question is it is possible to buy seafood in New Chitose Airport and bring on the flight as carry-baggage? Since I didn't have much time to stop in other market to buy and I have limited time went I arrived at New Chitose Airport.. Thank You
Hi, is there any place I can buy anime figurines in Hokkaido? Thank you
Hi, I will be travelling to Hokkaido for the first time this coming June, for 6 days and 5 nights. I will be travelling with my mum, and neither of us can drive, so we will have to rely on public transport the entire trip. My current itinerary looks like this:
Day 1: Arrive in New Chitose at night (8pm) and travel to Sapporo
Days 2-3: Sapporo (day trip to Otaru)
Day 4: Furano/Biel
Day 5: Lake Toya/Noboribetsu
Day 6: Lake Toya/Noboribetsu in the morning, followed by Rera and New Chitose in the afternoon/evening before a flight to Tokyo at night.
Will it be too rushed?
Also, will I be able to make this work by purchasing a 4-day JR Pass? Thank you all so much!!
I am planning to stay in Sapporo from 10 Jan to 17 (which is 8 days....), and I am not sure if I would be better off buying 7 day JR pass or indivdual tickets. The problem is I do not have the price list
Now here's the breakdown
Sappporo airport to Sapporo
From Sapporo to Asahikawa return trip
Sapporo around the city, so most likely in city but I am not sure if it can be used for tram??
Sapporo to Lake Toya resort for 1 night. (The hotel provided free shuttle bus from Sapporo to the hotel and will arrive at resort at 4pm, but we may consider to take by JR rail early in morning to make use of the day and facility there but then again, it depends on the answer here too!)
Lake Toya to Noboribetsu resort for 1 night
Noboribetsu to Sapporo
Sapporo to Otaru return
- 8th Day
Because it has passed 7th day, obviously, we will have to buy the train ticket to airport seperately which we don't know how much it cost 1 way from Sapporo to Airport!
I know for the JR 7 day pass is 25,500 yen but I wanted to know if I break down the price indivdually, how much would it cost or where is the website that shows it?
Your answer and help will be appreciated!
I'll be staying south of Sapporo near Lake Shikotsu for 2 nights in Dec 2013. We were hoping to be able to visit Sapporo city during our stay here, but we are not sure how long is the road journey gonna take us? we have a rental car to travel around.
Welcome your advice on our best possible option. Cheers
I am going to visit Sapporo during the snow festival and I was wondering what kind of clothes would be required to visit Sapporo. I am from India ( and a hot city from South) and currently live in Tokyo and I was planning to get a couple of Uniqlo Ultra Light Down for this Winter.( Its damn light)
But I am not sure whether this will be enough for the Sapporo Climate. I am going to layer myself but still, will it be enough to hold up the heat? Any other recommendations_
How many days do I need to see the place without rushing :)
I hope to catch the bus from Toya-ko to Noboribetsu Onsen over Orofofure Pass on Sat 19 April 2014. Does anyone know the timetable (leaving about lunchtime or mid afternoon) or a link to a site for the bus timetable?
regards, Mnutsy (Australia)
Hi, visiting Hokkaido from 24 Dec to 3 Jan 2014 during Winter Season, will need advise on the places that wanted to visit which is Hakodate, Lake Toya, Niseko and Noboribetsu for Onsen and Ski Resort will be Tomamu and Sohoro. I have been to Sapporo last year thus not visting. I will be arriving & departing at New Chitose Airport.
Is 7 days too long to spend in Sapporo?
Need some recommendation from any, as I will be arranging a tour in Hokkaido with some VIP . We need a executive mini bus for about 12 pax with English speaking driver and guide
Is it possible to travel by express or regular bus service from Narita airport to Sapporo?
I have lots of free time and would like to see the country side slower than taking a flight or a train.
Thanks in advance for your time...Yoku dekimashita...
Can anyone tell me if there is a big supermarket in Honkawacho, or where the closest one is (not a convenience store).
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?
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?
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.
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!
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..
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.
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!
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
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?
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.
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!