Home >> Itineraries,Japan Travel >> Hokkaido Self-drive with kids (June 2014) Part 1: New Chitose Airport (Air Terminal Hotel) -> Lake Shikotsu -> Lake Toya (Sobetsu Fruit Village, Wakasaimo, Lake Hill Farm, Toya Sun Palace)

Update (April 2017):

We are in the process of refreshing and reorganising our older travel posts.  The contents on this post have been moved to the following post:

Hokkaido Self-drive with kids (June 2014) Part 1: New Chitose Airport – Lake Shikotsu – Lake Toya – Hakodate

Posts from our June 2014 Hokkaido trip:

Click Here for Itinerary Outline

Detailed Posts:

Part 1: New Chitose Airport, Lake Shikotsu, Lake Toya, Hakodate
Part 2: Onuma Koen, Niseko, Shakotan
Part 3: Otaru
Part 4: Sapporo

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.


  1. Jovin Wu says:

    Hi Mummy, can i check with you what’s the map code for Toya Sun Palace?

  2. Wong Cheng Heng says:

    Hi.Bumble Bee Mum

    Lake Toya and Noboribetsu? which one do you prefer?

  3. Wong Cheng Heng says:

    Dear B.B Mum,

    Thank you for your prompt response. OK! i skip Noboribetsu then

  4. YENNIE says:

    Hi, BB Mum, thank you for sharing your itinerary.

    I am planning to go to to Hokkaido from 30 May to 4 June with my kids (8 and 5 years) and my parents. Will be flying there from osaka.

    This will be our first time to Hokkaido and I hope we can still see some nice flowers during that time.

    Can you help to suggest the itinerary/route for around 6 days? Which part of your itinerary I can skip, please?

    Is it easy to self-drive and it will be more economical for 5 people to drive?

    Thank you in advance for your advice.


  5. eco says:

    Hi BBM, do you have Tel or mapcode for Wakasaimo store ? Thinking to go there for lunch. Is this location exactly at the Silo Observatory?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      The map code for Wakasaimo store at Lake Toya is 321 518 438. I had a bit of problem with the telephone number / map code of Wakasaimo store before and it brought me to a parallel road instead. If you can’t find it, drive towards the shore of Lake Toya and along the road running closest to the southern shore of Lake Toya. You should be able to see it if you drive along that road.

      Silo Observatory is not that the same place. Silo Observatory is along the Western shore of Lake Toya. The map code is 321 726 760.

  6. jac chua says:

    HI BumbleeMum, For the air terminal hotel, is it possible sleep 2 person in one single room? All rooms r full except their single rooms but we have children and young teens with us. from the website the bed they provide is 4ft wide, which is good enough for us to share for just a few hours. are they very strict with the number of people in a room?

    • jac chua says:

      Hi, i accidentally unsubscribed. Please send me the link to follow your blog. Thanks

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yeah, Air Terminal Hotel is pretty strict about the number of people in the room because they also provide breakfast and onsen services. They haven’t been charging us for our kids, but they may charge for 2 adults even if you are using a single room (or what Japanese commonly call semi-double, where 2 people share what is essentially a single room). If you book a single room for 1 pax, you run the risk of them asking you to pay for the extra adult checking in anyway and still end up squeezing in one room. So my take is to book 2 single rooms and just pay for 2 adults – at least you will have 2 rooms.

  7. Jacqueline chua says:

    We r going to hokkaido mid dec. From chitose, or first night will be at a onset hotel which provide breakfast n dinner at noborobetsu. As we plan to visit the he’ll valley n also ainu museum the next morning, after which we will drive to niseko for our second night hotel. We r not keen to do winter sports but have not been to niseko or lake toya. In your opinion, is it better to spend a night at a holiday chalet in niseko with no meal plan n nothing much to do or overnight instead at Lake toya? Cos the driving from noboribetsu to niseko is quite long n is winter time. My concern is that whether we will be able to make it to niseko before 5pm. Will there be good dinner options in niseko? If we chose lake toya, what can we do? We r bringing our 70 yrs old parents..

    • bumblebeemum says:

      The drive to Lake Toya is definitely shorter than Niseko. Unless you really want to see snow, I suggest you visit Lake Toya instead of Niseko. At Lake Toya, there’s the Usuzan Ropeway and sightseeing cruise. And of course enjoying the onsen and food at a ryokan.

  8. chia says:

    Hi mum..thank you for sharing your itinerary,can you tell me where you rent a car? How much for the cost ? it is one day charge or week charge? thank you before

  9. anna says:

    HI Bumblebeemum, I heard there is no non-smoking rooms at Toya Sun Palace. hmm Wonder if it is true…Do you have any idea……….

    • bumblebeemum says:

      They do have non-smoking rooms, I see them on their Japanese website. But it seems that on their English site, it doesn’t specify smoking or non-smoking room. You can try Booking.com, I see a ‘Standard Room with Tatami Area and Lake View – Non-Smoking’ there.

  10. V says:

    Hi dear,
    May i know how do you go about booking the room for toya sun palace? i will be travelling with 2 kids, 3 & 1 years old. are they very strict about the number of occupants coming in? pls advise. thank you in advance!

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