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Old 15-05-2019, 05:35 PM   #1
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Advice on Hokkaido Self-Drive Road Trip

Hi all, Im currently planning for my first self-drive road trip in Hokkaido and would like some advice as to which itinerary seems more feasible. Appreciate and thanks in advance for your inputs/comments

Plan 1

Day 0 (12 Oct Sat)
Singapore to Tokyo (Haneda Airport) @ 9.55pm
Overnight at Haneda Airport

Day 1 (13 Oct Sun)
Flight to Sapporo (New Chitose Airport)
Pick-up rental car
Drive to:
- Furano (Furano Cheese Factory, break at Tomita Melon House, Farm Tomita)
- Biei (Blue Pond, Patchwork Road)
- Sounkyo
Overnight at Sounkyo

Day 2 (14 Oct Mon)
Morning at Sounkyo (Mount Kurodake via Kurodake Ropeway)
Drive to:
- Asahikawa (Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa Ramen Village)
- *Shiroi Koibito Park (TBC)
- Jozankei (Hoheikyo Dam)
Overnight at Jozankei

Day 3 (15 Oct Tue)
Morning at Jozankei (Koyo Gondola Line)
Drive to Noboribetsu (Hell Valley) -> Lake Toya
Overnight at Noboribetsu

Day 4 (16 Oct Wed)
Drive from Noboribetsu -> Hakodate
Overnight at Hakodate

Day 5 (17 Oct Thu)
Morning at Hakodate
Drive from Hakodate to Sapporo
Return rental car
Overnight at Sapporo

Day 6 (18 Oct Fri)
Sapporo (Otaru)

Day 7 (19 Oct Sat)
Sapporo to Tokyo

Plan 2

Day 0 (12 Oct Sat)
Singapore to Tokyo (Haneda Airport) @ 9.55pm
Overnight at Haneda Airport

Day 1 (13 Oct Sun)
Flight to Sapporo (New Chitose Airport)
Pick-up rental car
Drive to Noboribetsu (Hell Valley) -> Lake Toya
Overnight at Noboribetsu

Day 2 (14 Oct Mon)
Drive from Noboribetsu -> Hakodate
Overnight at Hakodate

Day 3 (15 Oct Tue)
Morning at Hakodate
Drive from Hakodate -> Jozankei (Hoheikyo Dam)
Overnight at Jozankei

Day 4 (16 Oct Wed)
Morning at Jozankei (Koyo Gondola Line)
Drive from Jozankei to Sapporo
Return rental car
Overnight at Sapporo

Day 5 (17 Oct Thu)
Sapporo (Otaru)
Overnight at Sapporo

Day 6 (18 Oct Fri)
Sapporo

Day 7 (19 Oct Sat)
Sapporo to Tokyo
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Old 15-05-2019, 07:32 PM   #2
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for Plan 1, there's too many long drives, I would skip Hakodate & spend another day in Sounkyo or Jozankei
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Old 16-05-2019, 01:10 AM   #3
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Your plan 2 is more feasible but i will skip hakodate.


Here are few places i will recommend for your plan 2 itinerary.




Makomanai Takino Cemetery



Shimamui Beach



Lake Shikotsu



Lake Tōya



Cape Kamui
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Old 16-05-2019, 08:59 AM   #4
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nice pics !

The 2nd pic is of Shimamui Beach - voted "one of Japan's top 100 beaches"

That area has a lot to explore, following footbath to get from one observation deck to another.

Cape Kamui shld be the one with the light house.
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Old 16-05-2019, 09:09 AM   #5
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nice pics !

The 2nd pic is of Shimamui Beach - voted "one of Japan's top 100 beaches"

That area has a lot to explore, following footbath to get from one observation deck to another.

Cape Kamui shld be the one with the light house.
Very nice! Will include that in my plan. Is the water ok enough to dip your feet in June?
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Old 16-05-2019, 10:03 AM   #6
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Very nice! Will include that in my plan. Is the water ok enough to dip your feet in June?
Yes ... however there r many areas with sea grass (which means water is very clean) so u cant see what u r stepping into ... rocks can be slippery.

We saw eaten sea urchin shells on the shore ..

The beach is all big smooth oval stones, no sand, no sea shells. Very little shelter.

It's can be quite an effort to get down & back up from that beach, not suitable for those with weak legs.

To explore the area, bring sunscreen, water & wide brim hat ... the sun is scorching there.

June shld be the season for the much sought after "bafun" uni harvested in the area. We missed it by a couple of weeks in late May.
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Yup, the 2nd pic is shimamui beach. That time i was returning from cape Kamui and stop by the observation deck along my way back to Sapporo.



There are lot of place to explore. If there is only 7 days in Hokkaido, i will skip Hakodate due to the distance and as here are far more interesting place to visit in between Sapporo and Noboribetsu.



nice pics !

The 2nd pic is of Shimamui Beach - voted "one of Japan's top 100 beaches"

That area has a lot to explore, following footbath to get from one observation deck to another.

Cape Kamui shld be the one with the light house.
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Cape Kamui
very nic pic !

I never noticed this angle to see the lighthouse so clearly from this vantage point
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