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Need help on itinerary : Hokkaido in December

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Need help on itinerary : Hokkaido in December

My family (4 adults) will be in Hokkaido in December. We will be driving. We intend to rent a car at the airport on the arrival and return in Sapporo. (4 days rental) Our itinerary is as follows:

Dec 15-17 - Shin Chitose Airport to Noribetsu/Lake Toya

Dec 17-19 - Niseki (just to have fun with the snow)

Dec 19-21 - Sapporo /Otaru

We intend to drive as the timing will be flexible. Appreciate it you could comment on the itinerary.

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1. Re: Need help on itinerary : Hokkaido in December

That should be fine.

I suggest you return the car to Chitose Airport which is quite away from Sapporo City.

Perhaps you might wish to do your journey like this:

Chitose Airport-Lake Shikotsu-Lake Toya-Mt.Toya-detour to Muroran-Niseko-Shikotan Peninsula-Yoichi Nikka Whiskey factory-Otaru-Sapporo (Shiroi Koibito chocolate factory-Mt.Moiwa-Susukino-Reclamation Museum and Village-Chitose Airport).

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2. Re: Need help on itinerary : Hokkaido in December

Thanks for your reply.

When I reach Sapporo on 19 Dec from Niseko, I will return the rental car in the city.

As I will be staying two nights in Sapporo and also exploring the nearby town Otaru, would it be better to use public transport rather than driving? I think it is difficult to navigate in the city.

On the 21 Dec, I will take either train/bus to the new Chitose Airport.

Your comment please. Thank you.

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3. Re: Need help on itinerary : Hokkaido in December

Do have you experience driving on snow? There could be heavy snowfall in the winter and accumulation on roads. Some roads can also be icy.

If there is any sort of snow or ice, not just for safety, but even just for efficiency, it's probably faster to use trains.

You definitely don't need a car within Sapporo and Otaru.

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4. Re: Need help on itinerary : Hokkaido in December

I think your itinery sounds fine.

If you are planning to stay at lake toya, I reccomend Kohantei hotel situated right on the lake, for a traditional Japanese experience.

www.best-of-sapporo-japan.com/toyako.html

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5. Re: Need help on itinerary : Hokkaido in December

We had a wonderful holiday in Hokkaido.

Snow is everywhere and skiing for my children was one of the highlights of the trip. We drove, so that made it very convenient to move around, especially in the area of Niseko Village. We could drop by anytime to go to places we fancied, e.g. Milk Kobo for its cream puff, LakeHill farm for its ice-cream.

The outdoor onsens at Greenleaf and Hilton were so wonderful, especially when the snow flakes were floating in the air and gliding down onto you.

The Hotel Kawanami, though not luxurious, was cosy and the dinner was scrumptious. The picturesque view from my Greenleaf hotel really made me want to stay longer.

All in all, it is one of the best holidays.

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6. Re: Need help on itinerary : Hokkaido in December

How is driving during winter. We r not used to driving in winter. Please advice.

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