Road Trip: Hokkaido Winter Self-Drive 17-Day Trip (Part 2)


Location: Hokkaido, Japan

Editor’s note: BumbleBeeMum, a self-confessed stay-at-home-mum who don’t stay at home, blogs at www.bumblebeemum.net. She loves Japan, and has visited the country countless times. Here’s part two of her Road Trip: 17-Day Hokkaido Winter Self Drive Holiday – hop over to her site for even more detail!


 

Day 9: Obihiro – Tomamu

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After breakfast at Obihiro, we drove on to Hoshino Tomamu Resort. I LOVE Hoshino Tomamu Resort and we stayed here twice in the year, once in summer and this time in winter! In winter, we took photos with a reindeer, went sledding and visited the Ice Village.


Day 10: Tomamu – Nisekohokkaido-winter-with-kids-Day-10
The next morning, we went reindeer sleighing at Hoshino Tomamu Resort before checking out. From there, we drove to Chitose Rera Outlet, which had a nice and warm kids play room – great for winter! Next, we visited Lake Shikotsu before driving on to Niseko.


Day 11: Niseko

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We spent the whole day in Niseko, playing with snow and enjoying yummy food! My 3 year-old (almost turning 4) had his first ski lesson and he was extremely talented. While he had his lesson, I went for buffet with my younger boy. Everyone goes to Niseko to ski, except me. I go there to eat.

Editor’s note: Read about BumblebeeMum’s “Ski Holiday” here, where she shares with us her fave lunch spot in Niseko.


Day 12: Niseko – Noboribetsu

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After checking out of Niseko, we drove on to Noboribetsu. We stopped enroute at Lake Toya for lunch. The drive from Lake Toya to Noboribetsu via Orofure Pass was extremely scenic in winter. It was like a scene from Narnia! At Noboribetsu, we stayed at Hotel Mahoroba which was a great onsen resort for families with kids.


Day 13: Noboribetsu – Lake Toya

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We visited NIXE Aquarium at Noboribetsu in the morning. After that, we drove to Lake Toya where we spent the night at Toya Kohantei.


Day 14: Lake Toya – Rusutsu – Sapporohokkaido-winter-with-kids-Day-14
We woke up to an extremely picturesque view of Lake Toya with the snowy mountains behind. We drove along the western shore of Lake Toya, which was very scenic, to Rusutsu. Our purpose of visiting was to visit the Crayon Shinchan Kids Snow Park, but we were told it was not ready for operation yet when we were there!

We woke up to an extremely picturesque view of Lake Toya with the snowy mountains behind. We drove along the western shore of Lake Toya, which was very scenic, to Rusutsu. Our purpose of visiting Rusutsu was to visit the Crayon Shinchan Kids Snow Park, but we were told it was not ready for operation yet when we were there!


Day 15: Otaru

hokkaido-winter-with-kids-Day-15We did a day tour of Otaru from Sapporo.


Day 16: Sapporo – New Chitose Airporthokkaido-winter-with-kids-Day-16-2
We planned to spend the whole of our last day at New Chitose Airport because there were many things for kids to do there. The kids played at their favourite Doraemon Waku Waku Skypark.


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They also had fun at the newly opened Aiport Kids Athletic.


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And we spent the night at Air Terminal Hotel, located within New Chitose Airport. All the rooms had a view of the runway and the kids loved watching the planes landing and taking off.

Day 17: Home Sweet Home!

Editor’s note: And so concludes BumblebeeMum’s 17-Day Hokkaido Winter Self Drive! For more details hope over to her blog, or leave her a comment below if you’ve enjoyed her tale – we know we have!

 

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2 Comments on “Road Trip: Hokkaido Winter Self-Drive 17-Day Trip (Part 2)

  1. I am planning for a 7 days trip to hokkiado on 12 dec then enroute to tokyo for another 4 days. I really like the Hoshino Tomamu Resort u wrote abt in your blog. As we don’t intend to drive, is public transport available from chitose? Do u know how long it takes to reach the Resort? Other than this resort, i hope to go to the arashimaya zoo. I probably spend a day or 2 in the city area. Whereas would u recommend us as a must go when in hokkaido based on our limited time there? I hv a 9yr old n a 5 yr old. Is niseko a must go or should go lake toya??

  2. Hi Jeanette,

    There are buses running between CTS and Tomamu Resort. However, there are only 2 buses a day. You can find out more here:
    http://www.snowtomamu.jp/summer/en/access/?link=header

    Alternatively, you can catch a train to Tomamu station and the resort shuttle will whisk you off to the hotel lobby from there. You can check train timetables using Hyperdia:
    http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

    Regarding Asahikawa, there is nothing much to do at the city. I recommend you just do a day trip to Asahiyama Zoo from Sapporo. There is a package by JR which includes return train ride between Sapporo and Asahikawa, return bus ride between Asahikawa station and the zoo and zoo tickets. You can find details here:
    http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/travel/asahiyamazoo/index.html

    If you have limited time and do not wish to self-drive, you should just base yourself in Sapporo and do side-trips from there to Tomamu, Asahikawa and Otaru.
    http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/pticket/pticket03.html#06

    To read more about my Hokkaido travels in winter you can read my posts here:
    http://bumblebeemum.net/2015/01/21/itinerary-for-17-day-hokkaido-self-drive-with-kids-december-2014/

    Cheers,
    Bumble Bee Mum

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