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Its cold but beautiful and awesome when snowing in HokkaidoW, JapanW.

Hokkaido known for its volcanoes, hot springs and ski resorts. It is the second largest island of Japan. The island is connect to Honshu Island by undersea railway tunnel. The capital of Hokkaido is Sapporo. Hokkaido northern neighbor is Sakhalin IslandW which is a Russian territory.

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Destinations in Hokkaido

Shizunai – You can enjoy cherry blossoms
Noboribetsu – This is the location of largest hot spring resort
Niseko – is a popular ski destination in Hokkaido
Biei – is the location of pretty patchwork mountains

 

How to Reach Hokkaido Island?

Plane

There is an international airport in Sapporo. The airport has flights to Hong Kong, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Guam, Bangkok, Beijing, Busan and Seoul.

Flights from Taipei and Seoul go to Asahikawa and Hakodate.

Search more flights here

 

Train

Hokkaido has train service from Honshu Island. In japan there are multiple train services. Hokkaido is served by Shinkansan train network. From Tokyo the train has stopped in 2016.
Hokkaido can also be accessed by Hakucho rail and Super Hakucho rail service between Aomori and Hakodate.

  • Train journey between Sapporo and Hakodate takes 3.5 hours and cost you ¥8,310 one way unreserved seat.
  • Train journey between Sapporo and Asahikawa takes 1.5 hours and cost you ¥4,290 one way unreserved seat.
  • Train journey between Sapporo and Obihiro takes 2.6 hours and cost you ¥6,700 one way unreserved seat.
  • Train journey between Sapporo and Kushiro takes 4.1 hours and cost you ¥8,850 one way unreserved seat.
  • Train journey between Sapporo and Wakkanai takes 5.5 hours and cost you ¥9,930 one way unreserved seat.

Foreigners can buy JR Hokkaido Pass and South Hokkaido Rail Pass. JR Hokkaido Pass give you the options to buy pass for 3, 5 and 7 days. These passes cost you ¥15,430, ¥20,060, and ¥22,630 respectively.  South Hokkaido Rail Pass costs you ¥26,000 if it is bought outside Japan and ¥27,000 if bought inside Japan. The train network in Hokkaido is limited. There are some routes available to major cities. Your best option will be to rent a car there.

JR Hokkaido Pass

South Hokkaido Rail Pass

 

Ferry

You can reach Hokkaido by ferries as well.

Go with Tomakomai that sail to Tsuruga, Niigata, Akita and rarely to Maizuru.
From Hakodate to northern ports of Aomori and Tohoku and Shimokita Peninsula.
Ferry service of Wakkanai take tourist to Russia too.
Otaru ferry service will take you to Maizuru near Kyoto and Seoul.

Bus

Traveling by bus is cheaper but less comfortable. You should use the bus if the train service is not available.

Car

You can go to Hokkaido on car. In order to use a car, you have to buy Hokkaido Expressway Pass. It can cost between ¥3600-¥11300 for 2 to 14 days period.

Rent a Car

Airport Transfers

 

Activities in National Parks

If you want to enjoy hot springs, you can go to Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Lake Toya is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
In southern Hokkaido lies Onuma Quasi-National Park. There is a beautiful lake you should visit.
You should take a bath in hot waterfalls in Shiretoko National Park. You should take precaution in Shiretoko National Park as wild bears roam around. The park is also World Heritage Site.
There are many locations for hiking in Hokkaido. Daisetsuzan National Park offers many opportunities for experienced hikers. The park is the largest in Japan.

Hokkaido tours and travel related options

 

Sleeping Options

3 stars hotels

You can stay in 3 stars hotels for $40-$300 in Hokkaido Island.

All 3 star hotels in Hokkaido

4 stars hotels

All 4 star hotels in Hokkaido

5 stars hotels

All 5 star hotels in Hokkaido

All hotel options

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