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!
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.
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.
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.
We visited NIXE Aquarium at Noboribetsu in the morning. After that, we drove to Lake Toya where we spent the night at Toya Kohantei.
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!
We did a day tour of Otaru from Sapporo.
Day 16: Sapporo – New Chitose Airport
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.
They also had fun at the newly opened Aiport Kids Athletic.
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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