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Hokkaido Vacation: Coronavirus Information

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Hokkaido Holiday

This mostly undeveloped northern Japanese island features drift ice and hosted the Olympic winter games. It has some of Japan’s harshest winters.

If you are visiting Japan during the winter, consider dropping by its northernmost island, Hokkaido. As Japan’s snowiest island, Hokkaido is where residents from across Japan go to ski, see drift ice from the Russian seas and warm up in hot springs. Outside winter, Hokkaido is still a natural paradise worth visiting, with one twentieth of Japan’s large population on one fifth of its total landmass. Hike across volcanic mountain ranges, enjoy the blossom-filled city parks and explore the famous lavender fields of the central farmland.

You may not have expected drift ice to be part of your itinerary when deciding to visit Japan, but that’s exactly what you will find in the northeasterly Shiretoko National Park. The thick layer of oceanic ice drifts down from Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk. Book an ice-walking tour to step out on the ice in a wetsuit, although expect to do some swimming in dangerously cold water if the ice is thin.

Find more wintertime activities in Daisetsuzan National Park at the heart of the island. Known as the “roof of Hokkaido” for containing the highest peaks on the island, the volcanic range is a great place to ski.

Outside winter, see some of Hokkaido’s most spectacular countryside in the central region around Furano. Vibrant lavender fields cover a significant portion of the farmland here. Visit Farm Tomita for a view of a picturesque hillside covered in parallel strips of lavender and wildflowers of various colors.

Hokkaido’s main cities are filled with natural areas as well. Explore the island’s capital of Sapporo, site of the 1972 Olympics. The 13-block Ōdōri Park runs from east to west through the center of the city. Hakodate, a port city on the southern tip of the island, features a star-shaped park covered in cherry trees. Take a gondola up nearby Mount Hakodate to look out over the cityscape, especially beautiful at night.

The quickest way to reach Hokkaido is to fly from Tokyo to Sapporo. You can also reach the island by train or ferry.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Hokkaido?

A: Why waste precious time waiting on buses when you could be cruising in your very own rental car? Whether you're going to Sapporo, Asahikawa or another major city, a car is one of the best ways to take in the sights. If you plan to explore the region of Sorachi or even farther afield, a rental makes even more sense. For Cheap Car Hire in Hokkaido, look no further than Expedia.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Hokkaido?

A: The following airports service the bulk of international air traffic in and out of Hokkaido:

  • Sapporo (CTS-New Chitose): 793 international flights per month.
  • Hakodate (HKD): 50 international flights per month.
  • Asahikawa (AKJ): 8 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Hokkaido?

A: Hokkaido has plenty of options for all types of budgets. If you'd love a break from reality, there's no shortage of hotels. Apartments, hostels and ryokans are also a hit with visitors.

Q: What does a Hokkaido holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: You can begin by selecting your hotel, car and flight. Lock in as little or as much as you like. Next comes the more exciting stuff — booking awesome activities and unique experiences. With loads of wonderful options to choose from, arranging your upcoming holiday in Hokkaido will be a piece of cake.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Hokkaido?

A: Book a package with Expedia. It's really that easy. Flights, Hotels, Rental Cars — choose what you need for your Hokkaido escape and watch your savings add up. It's time to start organising your dream holiday (and save a few bucks to boot).

Q: What are the best things to do in Hokkaido?

A: Many people flock to Sapporo JR Tower and Sapporo Beer Museum when in Sapporo. Hokkaido Museum is also worth a look.

Asahiyama Zoo, Asahi-Dake and Sounkyo Hot Spring are well worth exploring if Asahikawa is where you're likely to be spending most of your time.

Finally, if Hakodate is the only place you're stopping this time around, allow time to visit Yunokawa Hot Spring, Mount Hakodate and Goryokaku Tower.




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Mercure Hotel Sapporo AU$82
Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2020
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Mercure Hotel Sapporo

Mercure Hotel Sapporo

2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I had good time with my partner, the bed was comfortable and the room was convenient with everything arranged. Receptionists was nice with hospitable attitude.

    Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono AU$475
    Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2020
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    Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono

    Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono

       
      4.2 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      水着のレンタルも、フィットネスのウェア、靴のレンタルも無い。 また、伝えたことがきちんと伝わらなく、ベットメイキングも時間通りでは対応できずでした。チェックアウトの際の金額も朝食が定価で、レストランで出る際に確認したにもかかわらず当たり前のように請求されました。 その他いくつか気になる点があり、とてもパークハイアットとは思えないレベルの低いホテルでした。

      La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido AU$87
      Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020
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      La'gent Stay Sapporo Oodori Hokkaido

      5-26-5 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
         
        4.5 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Good central hotel. Plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. Onsen was really good.

        JR Inn Asahikawa AU$76
        Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020
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        JR Inn Asahikawa

        JR Inn Asahikawa

        7-Chome 2-5 Miyashitadori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
           
          4.6 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The location of the hotel is just directly above AEON mall. Super convenient to shop in the mall and walk to train station or bus terminal.

          Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose AU$103
          Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020
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          Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose

          Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Chitose

          13-3, Chiyoda, Chitose, Hokkaido
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Enjoyed our stay! Great breakfast buffet. Tiny rooms but comfortable.

            nest HOTEL sapporo odori AU$44
            Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2020
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            nest HOTEL sapporo odori

            nest HOTEL sapporo odori

            5-26-1 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              It's neither good nor bad

              SAPPORO VIEW HOTEL OODORI KOUEN AU$76
              Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020
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              SAPPORO VIEW HOTEL OODORI KOUEN

              SAPPORO VIEW HOTEL OODORI KOUEN

              Nishi 8-chome,Odori,Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Lovely clean hotel in a good location. Very helpful staff.

                Y's HOTEL Asahikawa-Ekimae AU$64
                Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2020
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                Y's HOTEL Asahikawa-Ekimae

                Y's HOTEL Asahikawa-Ekimae

                9-2-17 Miyashitadori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Our room was spotless, comfortable, with all the amenities, and very reasonably priced. The location is excellent; use the North-east exit from Asahikawa Station, turn right, and you're there! Taxis and many city buses stop at the terminal there. Aeon Mall and Asahikawa's pedestrian walkway are just ...

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