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    • Kobe port terminal to Kansai International

      Kobe Jan 26, 2017 at 11:56 PM

      Hi Arriving at the port terminal on a Seabourne cruise ship on the 5th April at 08.00 and need transport to Kansai International Airport to catch a flight to Hong Kong. Our flight options are 10.40, 17.55. What is the best method of travel and how long does it take.

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      Later dinner at Otaru during Snow Light Path Festival

      Otaru Dec 20, 2016 at 6:38 PM

      During the Otaru Light Festival We will only get into Otaru around 6pm since we will be skiing Mt Teine in the day. Upon arrival we would like to see the festival at both the canal and old railway track areas. I know light-up is until 9pm. Is there any dinner place which stay open late? So we can have something to eat after the visiting the light-up sites? Near the canal or the Otaru Station would be ideal...
      Don't want to waste time eating before seeing the light-up..

      Tq, Mel

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      Sapporo-Otaru Welcome Pass

      Otaru Dec 17, 2016 at 9:52 AM

      I plan to go to Teine Highland Ski Resort for a day of skiing then onto Otaru for the Otaru Canal Snow Light Path Festival. Returning to Sapporo that evening. Does the Sapporo-Otaru Welcome Pass cover my JR train from Sapporo to Teine Station then Teine Station to Otaru Station later? Meaning my train journey from Sapporo to Otaru would be broken into 2 train rides.
      Secondly, I'm taking the JR bus from Teine Station to Teine Highland Ski Resort and back to the station. Does the pass also cover this JR bus ride?


      4 Answers Dec 17, 2016 at 8:19 PM
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      Airport Bus

      Sapporo Dec 9, 2016 at 7:27 PM

      We will be staying at Toyoko Inn Susukino Kosaten. Our flight out on a sunday (12th February - last day of Snow Fest) is at 9:20am. The latest we need to get to the airport is 7am. The earliest bus from Susukino is 5:29am. I read that it takes 70-90 minutes. I'm not sure from which point in Sapporo this 70-90 minutes count from.. Would it be enough time for us to reach New Chitose Airport by 7am the latest on a Sunday if we catch the 5.29am bus?

      Secondly, I read that it is cheaper to buy a return ticket. Can we buy a return ticket if we will disembark at Sapporo Station yet return to the airport from Susukino? We will be staying at 2 different locations. At the beginning - Near Sapporo JR Station then later - Susukino.

      Tq, Melanie

      7 Answers Dec 12, 2016 at 6:50 AM
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      Taxi from Susukino at 5am on final day of Snow Fest

      Sapporo Dec 9, 2016 at 4:57 PM

      6 of us will be staying at Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Sapporo Susukino Kosaten.
      Add: 3-4-1, Minami Shi-jo Nishi Chuo-ku Sapporo-city, Hokkaido 064-0804

      We must catch the 6:15am train from Sapporo JR Station on the 12th of Feb, which is the final day for the Snow Fest. Considering our location being very near the Susukino Snow Fest and the early hour, would it be an issue for us to get cabs? We will need 3 cabs at the same time, departing Susukino at 5:45am. Previously it was easy since we were staying at Mercure Susukino (they ordered the cabs for us) and it wasn't during the festival. This time I doubt Toyoko Inn will assist to book us cabs and also would there be any road closure around there?

      Are there any cab companies we could call to book, which do not charge exorbitantly? We don't speak Japanese..

      Tq, Mel

      2 Answers Dec 9, 2016 at 5:39 PM
    • Overnight activities in Sapporo

      Sapporo Nov 30, 2016 at 6:57 PM


      Can anyone recommend any activities/shopping mall/arcades/book stores that operate 24/7?
      My partner and I are unable to find any accommodation in Sapporo center or Shin Sapporo on Christmas Eve (24th of Dec 2016) at this point, and it appears that we will be accommodation-less for the night.

      I would greatly appreciate it if anyone can suggest anything we can do to kill the overnight hours.


      7 Answers Dec 4, 2016 at 5:04 PM
    • 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?

      1 Answer Oct 19, 2016 at 2:08 PM
    • 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?

      3 Answers Oct 19, 2016 at 10:34 PM
    • 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.

      4 Answers Oct 4, 2016 at 8:20 PM
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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

      5 Answers Oct 3, 2016 at 6:45 AM
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      Lavender-Go no 8 Bus

      Hokkaido Sep 14, 2016 at 7:06 AM

      Hi, I will be in asahikawa from 21st june to 24th june 2017. I plan to visit farm tomita and ninguru terrace on 22 june 2017 and bier on 23 june 2017. As I am not driving, so I wonder is Lavender-Go no 8 Bus available for me to travel with from asahikawa station? Or I should go with jr train then go around furano and bier with taxi? Will the taxi fare expensive? Thanks a lot. Regards, aodreen

      2 Answers Sep 20, 2016 at 7:38 AM
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      Explore Sapporo City via Subway & Streetcar

      Sapporo Sep 9, 2016 at 9:18 AM


      I am exploring the best option to explore Sapporo city by subway and streetcar.

      Below are the places I plan to go.
      1. Hokkaido Jingu Shrine (From Susukino Subway Station to Maruyama Kouen Subway Station)
      2. Odori Park (From Maruyama Kouen Subway Station to Odori Subway Station)
      3. Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade (From Odori Subway Station to Susukino Subway Station)
      4. Mt Moiwa (Streetcar return)
      5. Back to hotel near Susukino Subway Station

      Should I purchase the Donichika Ticket & Dosanko Pass below? Or should I use 共通 with you card, the Subwayenvironment (500, 1100, 3300, 5500, 11,500, child 1,100) (Including the Memorial design common with u card.) Which one is the best option? Thanks a lot.

      Donichika Ticket (One-day Subway Pass for Weekends and Holidays) - Yen 520.00
      Dosanko Pass (One-day Streetcar 市电 Pass for Weekends and Holidays) - Yen 310.00

      5 Answers Oct 3, 2016 at 9:08 PM
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      Buses to/from Sapporo Kokusai

      Sapporo May 16, 2016 at 5:22 AM

      In February I plan to go skiing at Sapporo Kokusai Resort for two days while staying the two nights at Jozankei Onsen.
      Feb 9: Depart from Sapporo straight to the ski field. After skiing, proceed to Jozankei to check in
      Feb 10: Skiing
      Feb 11: Check-out from Jozankei, taking the complimentary hotel shuttle back to Sapporo

      Prior to the skiing trip I'll be staying in Susukino. Thus, would prefer to board the bus/coach to Sapporo Kokusai from Susukino rather than from Sapporo Station. I read that I can board the Sapporo Resort Liner from Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel in Susukino (08:15).

      Q1. Since the hotel sits at the corner, would anyone know the coach picks up passengers from Tsukisamu Dori or the side road of the hotel?

      Q2. The website states the return ticket between Sapporo and Kokusai costing ¥2,500. Can I just reserve a one way ticket? I see the online reservation, but it is not yet opened for booking. There's also ¥4980 bus & chairlift package but for a day return trip, Purchased on the bus. If I want to buy this yet I need to do a reservation, how does it work? I will require ski rental and
      lift passes for 2 days.

      Q3. I see that I can also take the Jotetsu buses from Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel in Susukino departing at 07:07 and 08:07 on weekday mornings on the Sapporo Kokusai website (
      a. How much would the one way ticket for the Jotetsu buses cost?
      b. Can I reserve a seat on these buses? Don't fancy standing for an hour plus...
      c. Is there a luggage compartment under the belly of these buses? I will be carrying a medium sized trolley bag. Thus, hoping to store it in the luggage compartment.
      d. I read that the Kappa Liner requires reservation, but does it go to Sapporo Kokusai?

      Q4. From the Sapporo Kokusai website I see the last departure for Daiichi Kanko/Jotetsu bus from the ski field to Jozankei Onsen on weekdays being 16:30. Is there another bus departing later than 16:30 for Jozankei Onsen?

      Tq, Melanie

    • Hokkaido Jingu

      Sapporo May 6, 2016 at 9:23 PM

      I will be arriving in Hokkaido on 10 May. I would like to visit Hokkaido Jingu before heading for Hakodate. Any bus from Chitose Airport that will stop at Hokkaido Jingu? Which is the most convenient way to go to Hokkaido Jingu? I will be taking a bus down to Hakodate after the visit to Hokkaido Jingu. I have a suitcase to carry. Where is the best place to store my luggage taking into account of the bus travel to Hakodate later that day? I have checked that It's 15 minutes walk if I take subway but only 1 minute's walk if I take a bus. However, I don't know where to take the bus and I don't know how long the bus journey time is. Grateful if someone can help.

      1 Answer May 6, 2016 at 10:28 PM
    • Authentic lodge homestay

      Asahikawa May 5, 2016 at 3:10 AM

      Hi fellow travellers,

      Does anyone have any similar accommodation suggestions for authentic experiences like this one? Looking for a homestay base with real home cooked food for exploring Daisetsuzan National Park.


    • Exploring Hokkaido

      Sapporo Apr 23, 2016 at 12:20 AM

      Can I explore Hokkaido using local train or buses without using JR Pass?

      4 Answers Apr 23, 2016 at 6:25 PM
    • 6 Full Days In Hokkaido

      Hokkaido Apr 10, 2016 at 8:08 PM

      I am planning a trip for 8 pax to Hokkaido from 27/8 to 3/9 and would like some advise. Our first frip to Hokkaido
      1) Self Drive or join land tours?
      2) Would like to do some onsen
      3) Late Aug -- ski mountains any chance of snow
      Have not planned any itinerary yet.


    • How to go up to the Hell Valley ?

      Noboribetsu Mar 8, 2016 at 8:25 PM

      I'm trying to ask if there's any alternative way for me to go up the instead of walking 30 minutes alone. Plus any tips or useful information for my trip?

      2 Answers Mar 9, 2016 at 8:01 AM
    • Jr Pass Sendai to Sapporo

      Sapporo Feb 5, 2016 at 7:49 PM

      Hello: I'd like to travel from Sendai to Sapporo,stopping in Hakodate in October 2016 using the Jr Rail pass,any tips will be appreciated.Thanks in advance.

      5 Answers Mar 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM
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      Online Seat Reservation w JR Hokkaido

      Hokkaido Jan 28, 2016 at 3:18 AM

      I have a question regarding online seat reservation for JR Hokkaido..

      I know there is an English language online seat reservation site. What I need to know is at which point is the payment made?
      1. Upon reservation my credit card will be charged for both the reserved seat fee and train ticket? Or,
      2. I pay the total amount at the point of receiving the ticket + the reserved seat at the JR Midori No Madoguchi? If here, can I pay with cash?

      Tq, Mel

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      Tokyo Banana at New Chitose Airport?

      Chitose Jan 18, 2016 at 9:11 AM

      Can I buy Tokyo Banana at New Chitose Airport? If yes, whereabouts in the airport? How early does the shop open?

      Tq, Mel

      5 Answers Mar 8, 2016 at 1:32 PM
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      Tambou or Rikyu for beef tongue in Sapporo?

      Sapporo Jan 18, 2016 at 6:34 AM

      We will be in Sapporo for a couple of nights. Now I am compiling restaurant list. Besides the crab and seafood I also want to eat grilled beef tongue which I totally love. I usually eat at Negishi whenever I'm in Tokyo. My research of Sapporo unearthed two places, Tambou and Rykyu. I know at least that Rikyu originated from Sendai and they have branches in Tokyo too but I've yet to try them out. Would anyone be able to recommend which of the two is better? Or even another place for beef tongue?

      Tq, Melanie

      2 Answers Mar 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM
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      Luggage rack on JR Hokkaido's Ltd Exp Ozora & Tokachi

      Hokkaido Jan 14, 2016 at 5:09 PM


      We are catching both the Ltd Exp Tokachi and Ozora between Sapporo and Shintoku Stations.

      Can I find out if these trains have luggage racks near the front/rear of the carriages?


      5 Answers Jan 15, 2016 at 5:19 PM
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      Travel w luggage to Shintoku Station

      Hokkaido Jan 3, 2016 at 12:14 AM

      6 of us (adults) plan to catch a train from New Chitose Airport Station to Shintoku Station in March. We are going skiing, thus will need to bring fairly big luggage (up to 29"). I have questions pertaining to carrying luggage on this train trip..

      1. Read that to transfer from the Airport train to the Ltd Exp at Minami Chitose Station is very easy since you just need to walk across the platform. It this correct?

      2. Is there any luggage rack in the Ltd Exp to Shintoku (Super Tokachi)? Ours would be too big to put above our heads or at the footrest area..

      3. Once at Shintoku Station, do we need to climb any stairs? Would there be any elevator?

      Tq! Mel

      8 Answers Mar 19, 2016 at 9:06 AM
    • Frozen Wagyu

      Sapporo Dec 23, 2015 at 7:14 AM

      I am in Sapporo and flying back to Singapore via Chitose and Narita. Where is the best place to buy some frozen wagyu beef to bring back to Singapore ? Many thanks.

      1 Answer Jan 17, 2016 at 6:39 PM
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      sapparo visit ?

      Sapporo Oct 24, 2015 at 9:06 AM

      is it good time to visit sapparo [ hokaida region ] in japan after 15th nov ?

      how many days shud i stay there

      2 Answers Oct 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM
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      Autumn foliage

      Sapporo Sep 23, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      Will be in Sapporo on the first week of November. May I know where could I go to photograph spectacular autumn foliage that's accessible by public transport.

      Thanks for any info!

      4 Answers Sep 24, 2015 at 6:46 AM
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      Tenguyama Ropeway in the Nov/Dec period

      Otaru Aug 6, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      Hey, I will be in Hokkaido for the period 26 Nov to 3 Dec. I'm planning to visit Otaru and thereafter go to Mount Tengu via the ropeway on Sunday, 29 Nov. Just wondering whether the ropeway is available for service and the opening hours.

      Thank you very much.

      4 Answers Aug 7, 2015 at 5:57 AM
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      Ekiben sold at New Chitose Airport?

      Hokkaido Aug 2, 2015 at 8:41 AM

      We are arriving into New Chitose Airport at 8:20am and hoping to catch the 10:33am train to Shintoku. Where in the airport can we buy ekiben to have as lunch on the train? Would prefer to get here rather than at Minami Chitose Station since the transit time is only 10 minutes.

      Tq, Mel

      6 Answers Aug 5, 2015 at 1:55 AM
    • Hokkaido in late october

      Hokkaido Jul 31, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      Which places should I visit in the Hokkaido/Sapporo area during the last week of October? I have a week.

      1 Answer Aug 1, 2015 at 3:39 AM
    • sappor tapas festival

      Sapporo Jul 9, 2015 at 1:17 PM

      any suggestions for this coming festival next month?

      1 Answer Jul 9, 2015 at 9:04 PM