Hokkaido Travel Guide

  • Hokkaido
    by walterwu
  • Hokkaido
    by walterwu
  • Snow covered japanese architecture
    Snow covered japanese architecture
    by walterwu

Hokkaido Things to Do

  • I lost my modesty at the Onsen!

    Our gracious host, Honda Family and Ate Richelle's family, after taking us to the Asahiyama zoo and to the Sounkyo Ice Festival, brought us to take a bath at the Japanese "Onsen" (hot spring baths). I asked if I can wear my underwear while bathing, the answer was "NO". I had to be in nothing but my birthday suit. WAAAAAAHHH! But what the heck, I am...

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  • Asahiyama Zoo Snow Village, Hokkaido

    Our host family brought us to this wonderful zoo and we had our first real view of penguins, polar bears, white fox and pandas (not the white China panda though, but the brown panda which I think is a Japan local animal). Being exposed to an open air zoo under negative 16 degrees finally hit a toll on my poor feet. They got numbed and I had to sit...

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  • Sounkyo Ice Festival

    We were fortunate to be able to experience an Ice Festival (February was the month for these ice festivals, thankfully they opened early). The place features lots of igloos where there are carved animal statues in each one. Then there was this ice castle with lots of lighting effects.

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Hokkaido Hotels

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  • Daiichi Takimotokan Hotel

    The hotel maid shows you to your room after checking in. For us, our room can accommodate 5 persons...

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  • Hokkaido Hotel Hokkaido

    1 Minami 19 Nishi-7 Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hokkaido Hotel

    1,Minami 19,Nishi-7 Obihiro, Hokkaido, 080-0017, J

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Hokkaido Restaurants

  • Steak

    So our host still is anxious about our food preference, so he brought us to another Hotel for our dinner for our second night in Hokkaido. He ordered steak for everyone! :-) I'm not a steak fan actually, but I just loved the steak served to us that time. :-) Also, they served us this dried puffed rice or something, which I didn't eat. I don't think...

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  • Buffet Lunch at Abashiri

    We arrived a little early for the Abashiri Ferry ride, so our host took us to a nearby hotel for a quick lunch. We went to Abashiri Central Hotel and we had a buffet lunch there. Everything is good of course. I had lots of ebi (shrimp) tempura. :-)

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  • Nice Buffet Lunch

    Its a big buffet restaurant in Zusco Mall (hope I got the name of the mall right). The italian pasta is not tasty, but the japanese food, especially the ramen, was fantastic :-) I got a ramen fix from then on.For a buffet, the price is also good. Ramen!

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Hokkaido Transportation

  • Reversible Seats

    The Rapid Train Service serving between New Chitose Aiport and Sapporo Station is very convenient with the JR Rail Pass. Just flash the rail pass to the station master and get onto the train. You need to purchase the JR Rail Pass voucher in your home country before arriving in Japan and head for the JR office at the Airport to exchange the voucher...

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  • Bento APlenty

    New Chitose Airport is the main airport in Hokkaido and the main building houses ANA and JAL airlines with code sharing with other airlines.The terminal building is arc shaped and after passing through the immigration and checks, the place is filled with mini-stores (spaced at regular intervals) selling mainly souvenirs, gifts and bento boxes....

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  • When Flights Goes Wrong

    When I took the ANA flight from Haneda (Tokyo) Airport to New Chitose Airport (Hokkaido), the check-in (assisted by english speaking staff) via self-check-in terminals was very easy and smooth.However, on my flight from New Chitose Airport to Kansei Airport (Osaka), the automated self-check-in terminals wasn't working and the queue for...

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