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    • Drifting ice

      Sapporo Oct 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      Is it worth to plan walking on drifting ice or is it just a tourist trap?

    • Drifting ice

      Sapporo Oct 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      Is it worth to plan walking on drifting ice or is it just a tourist trap?

    • Suggestions on Itinerary

      Hokkaido Oct 4, 2016 at 5:50 PM

      Hi fellow VTs,
      I need help in your views. I be travelling with grp of 4 (2 couples). We be travelling to Japan nxt yr late march - early April (14 days). This will be our 1st trip to Japan. We have booked a return flight to New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido. Our plan was to travel to Tokyo first then head up back north to Hokkaido. I understand that the Japan Rail Pass is valid for the Shinkanse from Hakodate to Tokyo. As we are most likely to purchase the 7 days pass, we will only be in Tokyo for 7 days then head back up to Hokkaido where we plan to base ourselves at Sapporo.
      (1)Once arrived, how do we travel from New Chitose Airport to Hakidote? Via train/bus.. how long & how much?
      (2)For Hokkaido, is there any similar travel pass like Japan Rail pass? Is it well connected.. If yes, how much?
      (3) Any suggestion on places of interest for Hokkaido. We are nature loving people. We love sightseeing around mountains, villages etc. I heard that Hokkaido has one of the beautiful villages in Japan. Is it true..? If yes is it easily accessible via bus/train.

      Sorry to trouble u with these question. We are open to any suggestions and can't wait to hear from u guys.
      Thank you in advance.

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      from Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Sapporo-eki Kita-guchi to NHK Bldg by Toho Subway Line

      Sapporo Oct 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM


      We need to travel with heavy luggage from Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Sapporo-eki Kita-guchi to NHK Bldg by Toho Subway Line.

      Sapporo Toho Line Subway Station
      I know the nearest exit at Sapporo Station to the hotel is exit 16. However, that just has stairs. Is there any route via Paseo or JR Tower Hotel Nikko which we can use whereby we won't be encountering any stairs on the way to the subway station?

      NHK Bldg
      When I searched Google Street View I saw an exit very near the TV Tower with an elevator (Northwest corner of the Odori Park section where the tower stands). However, I can't seem to find the exit number.. Thus, I won't know which exit to use from within the station.

      Would anyone be ably to assist by directing us to the nearest Toho Line's exits with escalator/elevator at both the Sapporo Toho Line Subway Station and Odori Toho Line Subway Station, please?
      Secondly, would appreciate if anyone can post the links to the layout maps of Toho Line Sapporo and Odori Stations, please?
      We are hoping to be able to travel between these two places easily and quickly with our trolley bags, without encountering any stairs..

      Tq, Mel

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      Run from Hakodate to Lake Onuma

      by TreverShick Online Now Mar 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      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.

      5 Answers Apr 11, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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      Driving to and around Hakodate

      by marko4257 Online Now May 3, 2009 at 6:32 PM

      Hi, Need some advice here. We are considering driving to Hakodate. Is it difficult to get parking places when moving around in town? How are the parking rates like?

      We will be staying in Chikuba Shinyotei which is not accessible to public transport. If we do not drive are there alternative modes of transport besides taxi, how are taxi rates like?

      We were initially thinking of taking the super hokuto from Sapporo to Hakodate, but we are concerned that the train do not have space for our luggage. Any idea about this? Thanks.

      1 Answer May 11, 2009 at 1:21 AM
    • arriving by cruise ship

      by traveld Online Now Mar 10, 2008 at 11:45 PM

      Where does the cruise ship dock in Hakodate? Is it near the morning market? What is the nearest bus or tram stop?

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      4pm- 9:30pm in Hakodate

      by blacksnail Online Now Jun 11, 2007 at 7:15 PM


      I'll reach Hakodate by JR from Sapporo at one 4pm, and leaving for Kyoto by Jr at 9:30pm. Do you think i can visit all the places i listed below? thanks.
      1. Seafood market in Hakodate Just next to Hakodate's JR station
      2. Goryakaku park
      3. Goryoukaku Tower There is a Goryoukaku tramway station. After getting down from the tram, take a walk for within 10 minutes. You will arrive there.
      4. Beautiful nightview in Hakodate Go up Mt. Hakodate from ropeway station.
      5. The harbor of Hakodate

      3 Answers Jun 19, 2007 at 7:32 AM
    • Email address for Aozora Inn

      by mikoh Online Now Apr 22, 2007 at 5:09 AM

      Does anyone know the email address for Aozora Inn in Hakodate. The address that I sent is invalid. Do update me please Thank you

      2 Answers May 28, 2007 at 10:13 AM
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      Driving in Hakodate

      by akikonomu Online Now Mar 12, 2007 at 8:50 PM

      Dear travellers

      We intend to do a 3 day driving tour around Hakodate looping west along Route 278 and returning from Onuma and would appreciate some tips on the below.

      1) Are there any points of interest along the route that are must-visits?
      2) Any good places we can stop for the nights along the way?
      3) We're used to left hand drive which will be opposite the Japanese system. Any difficulties foreseen?

      Many thanks for any suggestions or tips.

      1 Answer Mar 19, 2007 at 11:44 PM
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      Have you been to Hakodate?

      by ittekimasu Online Now Jan 1, 2005 at 6:54 PM

      Hi, We are going to Hakodate next week. We would be pleased if you could give us some info about : -interesting sight-seeing not listed in touristic guids -Nice but reasonable Accomodation -Rotenburo (outside Hot springs) Sorry, i am asking alot!!! thanks

      1 Answer Jan 4, 2005 at 12:53 AM
    • vege restaurants?

      by hoodoo_uk Online Now Aug 22, 2003 at 8:41 AM

      I know its a tough question, but are there any vegtarian restaurants (or restaurants that serve some vege food- Pizzas, whatever!) in Hakodate?