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Old 10-11-2017, 03:23 PM   #1
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Tokyo + Hokkaido trip in Feb 2018

Sharing my itinerary to those who might be keen. Not a cheap trip due to some of the lodgings we have reserved.

Main aim to see winter festivals and hopefully a little wildlife in Hokkaido with the mister.

Flights: SIA ($653 per pax)
Pass: 14D JR Pass

D1 - Kawaguchiko (2 festivals)
D2-3 - Yokohama (2 illumination events)
D4-7 - Tokyo (2 illumination events)
D8-9 - Toyako Onsen (1 festival)
D10-13 - Sapporo (3 festivals)
D14-15 - Asahikawa (1 festival)
D16-17 - Obihiro (1 festival)
D18-19 - Hakodate (1 illumination event)
D20-21 - Tokyo
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:34 PM   #2
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just to check are you driving in hokkaido ? thats some distance between the towns u are going
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:38 PM   #3
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wow so many places, spend how much ah?
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:40 PM   #4
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just to check are you driving in hokkaido ? thats some distance between the towns u are going
Not driving. Trains and buses.
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:48 PM   #5
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wow so many places, spend how much ah?
I donít know how much yet, only lodging and airfare are settled. But am looking forward to the trip in Hokkaido. Supposed to visit the snow festivals this year but ended up to be a solo trip since the mister had work.

Some of the more expensive lodging we would be staying at -
1. Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort (~•90,000 for 2N)
2. Ubuya Kozantei (~•62,000 for 1N)
3. Keio Plaza Tokyo (~•150,000 for 4N)
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:29 PM   #6
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after all the plan with your mr, u go solo? thats sad.
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:45 PM   #7
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after all the plan with your mr, u go solo? thats sad.
No. That was for this year Feb. Upcoming trip is for next Jan to CNY.
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Old 13-01-2018, 01:37 AM   #8
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Two more weeks to go. Some changes. Hopefully good weather throughout and not overkill on festivals.

D1 - Kawaguchiko (2 festivals)
D2-3 - Yokohama (2 illumination events)
D4-7 - Tokyo (2 illumination events + 1 flower festival)
D8-9 - Toyako Onsen (1 festival + 1 illumination event)
D10-13 - Sapporo (3 festivals)
D14-15 - Asahikawa (2 festivals)
D16-17 - Obihiro (1 festival)
D18-19 - Hakodate (1 illumination event)
D20-21 - Tokyo (1 flower festival)
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Old 13-01-2018, 02:02 AM   #9
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February should be plum festival...? at Koishikawa Korakuen? Hanegi Park?
Can be plum blossoms, camillia or sakura. Either Atami Baien, Soga Bessho Bairin for plum, Miurakaigan or Itogawa or Kawazu for sakura, camillia in Oshima.

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Old 13-01-2018, 07:32 AM   #10
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Is lake Shikotsu winter Illumination with weekend fireworks display part of your itinerary for Sapporo?
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Old 13-01-2018, 08:46 AM   #11
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Is lake Shikotsu winter Illumination with weekend fireworks display part of your itinerary for Sapporo?
Won’t be able to make it to see fireworks for Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival. It’s only on weekends. I’m going during weekdays.
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Old 13-01-2018, 11:28 AM   #12
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I'll be heading there as well, so am checking on various transport options. Are you going to take a direct return bus from Sapporo or from chitose station?

Won’t be able to make it to see fireworks for Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival. It’s only on weekends. I’m going during weekdays.
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I'll be heading there as well, so am checking on various transport options. Are you going to take a direct return bus from Sapporo or from chitose station?
Should be one of the sightseeing buses direct from Sapporo. •4,000 if itís 1hr 25min stay at Lake Shikotsu. •4,300 if itís 2hr stay. If youíre going on a weekday via public transport, you need to catch the last bus before 6pm. Wonít be that rush if you took the sightseeing bus.

Depends on weather too. I might drop this and stay in Sapporo and walk around instead since Iíve got another 2 ice festivals on my itinerary.
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Old 13-01-2018, 12:48 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info. Enjoy your trip!

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Should be one of the sightseeing buses direct from Sapporo. •4,000 if it’s 1hr 25min stay at Lake Shikotsu. •4,300 if it’s 2hr stay. If you’re going on a weekday via public transport, you need to catch the last bus before 6pm. Won’t be that rush if you took the sightseeing bus.

Depends on weather too. I might drop this and stay in Sapporo and walk around instead since I’ve got another 2 ice festivals on my itinerary.
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Old 21-01-2018, 09:00 PM   #15
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Hi. I will be at hokkaido from 9 feb to 15 feb. First 2 nights staying at asahikawa and the rest of the duration is staying at sapporo from 11 to 15 feb. U mentioned u have 3 festivals at sapporo. What does it mean? 3 different snow festivals at different places?
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