Hello May,the tour with CTC, are you taking morning flight by Northwest Airline or evening JAL? All admission fee included in the package?
I was thinking taking the evening JAL cos it's one day after my wedding dinner. If morning flight we won't be able to to make it.
hihi, anybody just came back from Hokkaido recently ? wonder hows the temp there.. i am travelling on the 25 May ... wat's nice to buy there other than the chocolates ? got any big departmental shopping ma ?
the wind in hokkaido is freaking strong in this season so not only do u need a windbreaker - u need a good thick one.
Daimaru right at Sapporo station itself where u can get all ur branded stuff, as well as a few other malls. then, there is Marui Imai (ä¸¸äº•ä»Šäº•), Mitsukoshi (ä¸‰è¶Š) and PARCO at Odori, which is one subway station or 15 min walk south of Sapporo station.
the mega Chitose Rera outlet mall is located 10min by the free shuttle service away from Chitose airport, or 1hr by bus or 35min by JR away from Sapporo.
for attractions in other towns, dun even expect to see many shops besides those selling food and souvenirs.
as for otaru, i agree with S & H. dun bother taking a full meal cos u'll be eating along the long stretch of touristy shops selling huge fresh grilled scallops for less than $1.50 and meaty succulent half crabs for less than $10.
Li Leng, the 2 itineraries you posted are vastly different. the ctc one focusses on Hokkaido alone whereas the chan brother one only covers Sapporo, Lake Toya and Hakodate for Hokkaido, and then moves southwards to the Tohoku region in Honshu, the main island of Japan.
It's hard to say which is better because the attractions included in each itinerary are different in nature so it really boils down to your personal preference.
Generally speaking, I think both are good in the sense that they are well-varied and there are quite a few hands-on experiential highlights, provided you don't mind the mad rush typical of guided package tours.
Thanks Â¨Î‡â—¦â€¢ â™¥RaRaâ™¥ â€¢â—¦Î‡Â¨ (rara), appreciate your advice.
This is my first time travel also, think I focus on one destination is better, now look at the chan brother one indeed bit rush. I think have to re-plan my trip, seem like lot of people suggest to go for F&E instead of package tour.
I'm going with ctc to hokkaido in late june. will keep you posted on their service and iternary... Also for consideration, you can extend in tokyo after the tour. My iternary is departing sg on fri nt on JAL, the tour will end on thurs, ie the gp will fly back on thurs nt. however I extend in tokyo and fly back on sun, giving me 3 days more to explore tokyo on my own. So taking a 5 days leave will allow abt a 10 days Japan... Also ctc allow extension (with a small fee) only in tokyo not in saporo. will keep u posted after my trip.
Hi Li Leng,
actually before that i'm Going to gold coast but our trip is cancelled due to not enough headacount. So tat's why we switch to Hokkaido. So for this trip i nvr compare with other agencies. But seem like the itininery is not bad. When you thinking of going?
ooh that's good! when you going? sure no prob. will keep you updated.
hihi anybody plannig to go in end Oct , deepavali that period? .. any suggestions on which Travel Agency is good? ..We are planning our honeymoon that period but seems like the package is not out yet...
i'm trying to plan my honeymoon to hokkaido in november but my hubby is quite against it, saying it's not a good time to go coz i believe there won't be flowers to see... and it's not snowing yet.. so it's like in-between.
hmm... if you're talking about nature, then perhaps there really isn't much to see. unless u'r very very lucky and come in the first week of nov, the leaves would've fallen and indeed, the snow would've yet to come in the city, tho you can experience a true blue winter already by late novemeber and enjoy snow activities in the mountains.
however, places like noboribetsu, toya, otaru and of course sapporo wouldn't be affected by the season. noboribetsu and toya look magnificent all year round and exude a different flavour at different times.
Night falls really early at 4-5pm in November so you can take ropeways up to see the night scenery of Sapporo, or if you're game for a 3hr JR ride each way to Hakodate to see one of the top 3 most beautiful night views atop Mt Hakodate.
One more thing you can and MUST try is onsen. the single-digit temps in November will make soaking in an onsen your most craved for activity.
By all means, come if an itinerary of mainly museums, night sceneries, fresh food for every meal and shopping excites you (not forgetting Noboribetsu, Toya and the onsens of course). Else, you can probably spend the same amount of money for a better holiday elsewhere.
erm... winter is not just skiing and snowboarding lah... there are still places like Lake Toya, Noboribetsu, and you can also do milder activities like snowshoeing, snowmobiling etc. the mountains and ropeways are all in operation too.
you can still go to touristy places like Otaru (music boxes and glassware) and Hakodate. Frankly speaking, the Otaru Canal def looks better in snow. Indoor attractions like Chocolate Factory and other museums are open too albeit for shorter hours.
Snow Festival is not end dec. it is usually the second weekend of February, which happened to coincide with the CNY period this year. end Jan to early Mar is also the drift ice season in eastern Hokkaido.
Most of all, com'on! it doesn't snow in sg so even if it's just to experience a true blue winter I think it's more than your money's worth.
where is those beer garden you talking abt? is that the beer factory?
me going in nov but till now, still very blur about hokkaido. how to travel around, what to see etc. Its so big there. Cos' we are going wz family and group of frens so it is a big group cum also include children. Really big headache. Btw, it Lake Toya and Noboribetsu near to each other? we like to stay 1 or 2 nites in a ryokan/onsen. lake toya is better?
since we are not travelling on package, but would luv to try out all the good foods. Any recommendations? Frens who travelled wz tour had been giving thumbs up for the food provided. Wonder would we be able to get gd food on our own and at where too.
there are 3 main beer gardens in sapporo operated by the 3 main beer manufacturers:
Sapporo Beer Garden: At the Sapporo Beer Museum. Alight at Higashikuyakushomae (æ±åŒºå½¹æ‰€å‰) subway station on the blue Toho line (æ±è±Šç·š) and walk 10min, or take the Beer Museum bus from Odori or Sapporo Bus terminal.
Kirin Beer Garden: Alight at Nakajimakoen (ä¸å³¶å…¬åœ’) subway station on the green Namboku line (å—åŒ—ç·š) and walk <5min.
Asahi Beer Garden: Alight at Nango 7chome (å—éƒ·7ä¸ç›®) subway station on the orange Tozai line (æ±è¥¿ç·š) and walk <10min.
At the beer gardens, people usually eat Genghis Khan, which is lamb and veg table BBQ. If you think you don't take lamb, don't worry. The lamb there is so fresh it doesn't smell or taste like the lamb/mutton we have in sg at all. Just very fresh and tender meat with sweet and juicy vegetables.
You can get a Genghis Khan buffet for between 2500-5000yen/pax, depending on the quality/type of meat (seasoned or not) you choose, and whether you opt for free-flow beer.
Lake Toya and Noboribetsu are near by Hokkaido standards lah. The distance is farther than travelling across singapore but <40min on the JR train is relatively near.
I usually recommend staying at Lake Toya because I think that most of the hotels there give you a good view of the lake. I'd recommend Toya Kohantei if you're thinking of staying the night there. The view from the outdoor tubs are absolutely breathtaking. Erm, but I heard that the view from the men's onsen is nothing that great.
Basically, you can get good food at many places. But typically, you get the best seafood either at the morning markets like Nijo Fish Market at Odori in Sapporo, or along the street in Otaru. Otaru is a eat-as-you-walk place, famous for sushi, roadside freshly grilled gigantic scallops (100yen each!!), roadside steamed crabs (500yen only for one big plate!! they'll be in season in Nov!!)... And I mentioned Genghis Khan above which is also a must-try. Even the meat that comes without seasoning tastes really yummy, not to mention the sweet and succulent vegetables.
If you've never tried Japanese ramen, then you can probably give it a try, but in all honesty, you can get better ramen elsewhere in Japan. Sapporo ramen tends to be more oily.
What else... oh snacks to buy as souvenirs. There are a million and one kind to buy so make sure you bring an empty hand-carry with you!
I know I know... most Singaporeans don't like lamb. Neither DID I. I didn't like the lamb we have IN SINGAPORE. But trust me. You really can't tell you're eating lamb. The beer gardens are not beer factories. They are huge halls where people eat and drink and chat the night away.
There are 2 ramen streets in Sapporo; one on the 10th floor of the Esta building at Sapporo station and the other in Susukino.
I haven't been to the one in Susukino, but the few stalls I've tried at the one at Sapporo station... well, like I said, you can find ramen of the same standard, if not better, anywhere else. Or maybe I just find Sapporo ramen too oily.
There is one ramen place I would recommend that is near Sapporo station though. It's called Barikiya, situated next to Yodobashi Camera under the JR tracks to the west of Sapporo station. However, they specialise in Hakata ramen, which uses pig bones soup base instead of the soy sauce soup base for Sapporo ramen.