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Transportation at Hokkaido for 8 persons

by mictak Online Now Mar 10, 2010 at 6:24 AM

We plan to travel around Hokkaido from 8th to 21st July 2010 with total of 8 person. The major cities and tourist site we plan to visit are SAPPORO, OTARU, Hakodate, LAKE TOYA, NOBORIBETSU, Lake Akan, Lake Mashu, Utoro, Abashiri, SUNKYO, ASAHIKAWA, Furano & New Chintose Airport.

Please help to advise best option of transportation to travel this location and how can we arrange it & estimate cost.
1. By JR Rail Pass
2. Rental of Van with 8 seater
3. Rental of 2 Car with 2x 4 seater

Thanks You
Michael

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    Re: Transportation at Hokkaido for 8 persons

    by dru46 Online Now May 30, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    To visit all of those places, I'd suggest renting something. The trains are fine, but if some of those places are far out there, then you'll need a car. From the list, Sapporo is a good base to see Otaru, Asahikawa, and Furano. Hakodate can also be reached by train from Sapporo easily. I'd highly recommend Furao at that time as it's the lavender season. Beautiful place to visit. If you plan to visit Shiretoko from Abashiri, you will need a car as the bus service is far and few between.

    Hope that helps in any way.

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    Re: Transportation at Hokkaido for 8 persons

    by didier06 Online Now May 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    rent a car is not really necessary in Sapporo, otaru or Hakkodate, but it's the best choice to travel in Hokkaido, may be it's more expensive than train but you win time and it's more easy to go everywhere

    We did it when we went to Hokkaido during the first week of april.

    We choose the company "Sky rent a car" because they offered the best prices and all was ok.

    Our car was a small one for 2/3 , but for example a car for 4 was around 8400 yens the first day and 7350 yens after, a van for 8 19950 yens the first day and 14700 yens after.

    You can find all rental compagnies in sapporo.

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