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Saporo and Hokkaido

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Saporo and Hokkaido


I'm new in this forum thread. Seeking advice for family's Japan trip later this year.

1. We're planning to go on the mid of November, which is Autumn season in Hokkaido. Are there anything to do or sight seeing during the period of time ?

2. As we intend to do the tour on our own, is it easy to get around the areas on our own ? We don't speak Japanese.

3. Are transportation easily accessible between the areas ? We're also planning to visit Asahikawa.

4. Lodgings, are there any traditional Japanese inns with onsen near Saporo ?

Thank you

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1. Re: Saporo and Hokkaido

1. Hokkaido's main attraction is nature (and natural food/drinks products, like sushi, crab, Genghis Khan BBQ, milk, beer, whiskey). Autumn colors in the hills by the lakes would be nice.

2. Hokkaido might be a bit more difficult to get around if you don't speak Japanese than other parts of Japan, as it covers a wide area. It's largely rural (at some places you might find more bears than people when you'd like to ask directions). That said, I see Singaporeans everywhere in Hokkaido, and many won't speak much Japanese except hello, thank you, and good-bye (which should be enough). Check out these internet sites:




Many major tourist destinations have English tourist information website. Please Google search for each destination.

3.Chitose Airport-Sapporo-Otaru; Sapporo-Asahikawa; Sapporo-Noboribetsu-Onuma-Hakodate are very accessible by train. Biei/Furano can also be reached by train without much problem, if you plan ahead. However, as Hokkaido's main attraction is nature, you are recommended to visit places like Lake Toya, Asahidake/Sounkyo out of the cities by bus as well. Renting a private car can be a good idea if you have an international license, if you like to drive, and if it's before snow season.

4.As Hokkaido belonged largely to the Ainu tribespeople until the 19th century, I hesitate to call things traditionally Japanese. There are of course neo-traditional hotel ryokans with onsen bath and dinner served in your room if you get out of the cities. Even in Sapporo many business type hotels have onsen bath, but many people would go elsewhere, like Noboribetsu onsen or Toyako onsen. Jozankei onsen is nearest to Sapporo. If you are going for a day to Jozankei onsen, Mori No Uta's buffet & onsen package with free shuttle ride from the station is quite recommended.

Edited: 8:58 am, May 09, 2013
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Asahikawa is not bad but is a bit boring city; there is nothing much to offer to visitors apart from its Ramen noodles and Asahiyama Zoo in the suburbs. Unless you need to stay there for transit reasons, I suggest staying around Asahidake/Sounkyo area, or Biei/Furano (Biei/Furano is also covers a quite wide area and the town centers aren't so interesting; visit the farms and natural surroundings).

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3. Re: Saporo and Hokkaido

Hi Yobeekool

Thank you very much for your kind and informative input.

I have been reading some other threads, these are some ideas i have in mind.

Time : mid November

Duration : 8 days

Person : 2 adult + 10 yrs old son

Things we'd like to experience :

- winter cruise something like rafting

- hike with snowshoe

- ryokan w onsen ( yr suggestions sounds good. are there other onsen with good view / )

- see autumn leaves

- fish market where i could eat fresh and nice sushi too ?

- Matsumae castle

- most importantly, we'd like to explore the wild, hopefully to "catch" some deers and other wild animals.

- some town area ( probably Saporro )

Where are the recommended place where we can go in order to experience the above ?

Is it possible to experience all the above with the kind of timing of mid November ?

What would be yr suggestions for us to get around ?

Thank you very much.

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