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[warning]Update (June 2016): New Chitose Airport is undergoing major renovations and many of the attractions mentioned in this post have either been removed or shifted or revamped.  However, on the bright side, there is going to be a Hello Kitty attraction, Hello Kitty Happy Flight, coming up! Slated to open on 22 July 2016. :)[/warning]

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To many travellers, an airport is simply a place where their plane lands and takes off.  More often than not, we grab our luggage and leave an airport the moment we arrive without looking twice at what is inside the airport; and on the day we’re leaving, we arrive 2 hours before our plane departs to check-in, grab some last-minute souvenirs and fly off.  However, when travelling to Hokkaido with kids, I always advocate spending at least a whole day at New Chitose Airport because there is so much for your children to enjoy there!  When you visit New Chitose Airport with kids, you will not regret putting them through that long plane ride to get there.

New Chitose Airport with kids


#1 Doraemon Waku Waku Skypark

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park

Map of Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park at New Chitose Airport.

 

Located on the 3rd floor along Smile Road, Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park ALONE is enough to keep kids occupied for a whole day!

You can let the kids unwind at the FREE play area.

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park free play area

Free play area at Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park free play area

They can crawl, climb or jump!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park free play area

Even Slide down a giant dorayaki!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park free play area

Take your socks to throw at this target board!

 

If your kids are not the active type, how about getting them to do some craft at the workshop?

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park workshop

Work Shop at Doraemon Waku Waku Skypark.

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park workshop

Activities available at the Workshop. (Fees apply)

 

Or read some Doraemon comic books at the library?  They have considered the fact that they are located in an airport, hence you will find comic books is many different languages here!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park library

Library at Doraemon Waku Waku Skypark.

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park library

The books come in different languages!

 

When they are hungry, check out the cafe serving all sorts of Doraemon-themed food.

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park cafe

Everything at the cafe looks so cute and good!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park cafe

If you are not hungry, just grab yourself a Doraemon latte!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park cafe

A Doraemon cafe would not be complete without serving some Doraemon taiyaki!

 

The kids will also be amused by the trick mirror along the corridor!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park

MF and MY laughing at their funny reflections.

 

Before you leave, grab some Doraemon souvenirs from the shop or take a souvenir photo against Doraemon backdrops at the Photo Studio.

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park shop

The shop sells all things Doraemon.

New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park Photo booth!

Go home with a souvenir photo from the Photo booth!

 

Official website for more information: Japanese | English


#2 Airport Kids Athletic

[warning]I’ve been informed by a reader that Airport Kids Athletic at New Chitose Airport is no longer around.[/warning]

Airport Kids Athletic is basically an indoor playground located on the 4th floor of New Chitose Airport, newly opened in 2014!  The admission fee is 500 yen for the first hour and 200 yen for each subsequent 30 minutes per child (adults can enter for free).  However, if you spend 2000 yen at any shop or restaurant at New Chitose Airport, you can get one hour of free play by showing the receipt! (Really, how difficult is it to spend 2000 yen here? I can easily spend 10000 yen on all those amazing Hokkaido snacks calling out to me – DUTY FREE!)

New Chitose Airport with kids - Airport Kids Athletic on the 4th floor

Entrance of Airport Kids Athletic on the 4th floor of New Chitose Airport.

 

They have a dedicated toddler’s zone for kids below 3 years old.

Toddler's Zone

Toddler’s Zone

 

Elder kids will find some challenging gym equipment to play with.

Let's get athletic!!

It is not called Airport Kids Athletic for nothing! Let the kids get athletic!

Run and jump on the long trampoline!

Run and jump on the long trampoline!

 

Like I mentioned, it is essentially an indoor playground, so you will find a typical active play structure here with slides and obstacles.

Climb and slide through this playground structure.

Climb and slide through this playground structure.

 

If you have valuables with you (passports, air tickets, tons of money) that you find difficult to hold on to while chasing after your kids, there are FREE lockers for you to keep your belongings! Way to go!

Free lockers to keep your valuables while you follow your kid around.

Free lockers to keep your valuables while you follow your kid around.

 


#3 Royce Chocolate World

Believe it or not, there is a chocolate factory inside New Chitose Airport! Which kid wouldn’t love that?

New Chitose Airport with kids - Royce Chocolate World!

Welcome to Royce Chocolate World!

 

At Royce Chocolate World, you can watch the famous Royce chocolate being made right before you eyes!  And of course, there is a large Royce chocolate shop touting all sorts of colourful Royce chocolate which you can buy back as souvenirs.

See how chocolates are manufactured right here at New Chitose Airport!

See how chocolates are manufactured right here at New Chitose Airport!

 

Official website for more information: English


#4 Steiff Nature World

If teddy bears are your kids’ cup of tea, head to Steiff Nature World on Level 3 of New Chitose Airport.  Steiff Nature World is a museum full of cute stuffed toys and you can even take photos with life-sized stuffed animals!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Steiff Nature World.

Entrance to Steiff Nature World.

Huge stuff animals welcome you to Steiff Nature World.

Huge stuff animals welcome you to Steiff Nature World.

 

You can view the official promotional video below:

 

There is a kids corner (free to use) suitable for young babies and toddlers.  So if you are travelling with small babies, you can go there to let your baby crawl around for a bit while you take a break.

Free play area at Steiff Nature World.

Free rest area at Steiff Nature World.

 

Official website for more information: Japanese | English


#5  Magical Road

[warning]Please note that this Trick Art Gallery is no longer around.[/warning]

The corridor linking the domestic and international terminals of New Chitose Airport on the 2nd floor has been transformed recently into a FREE Trick Art Gallery!! Bring your kids there to take some hilarious photos before you fly home!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Magical Road Trick Art Gallery

Above image taken from New Chitose Airport’s website.

 

Do note that check-in at the small International Terminal is very slow.  If you are planning to visit Magical Road on your way to the International Terminal or after you check-in at the International Terminal, do arrive earlier and ensure you have ample time for checking-in AND photo-taking along Magical Road!

Official website for more information: Japanese


#6 Apina Amusement Place

Where can you find the latest arcade games? JAPAN of course! Located on the 4th floor just beside Airport Kids Athletic is an arcade called Apina, housing all the latest arcade games and UFO catcher machines!

My latest catch from Apina - a Frozen biscuit tin!

My latest catch from Apina – a Frozen biscuit tin!

 

Official website for more information: Japanese | English


#7 Sky Museum

Kids can dress up as pilots and fly a flight simulator at the Sky Museum located on the 3rd floor.

Official website for more information: Japanese


 #8 Quiz Rally

When all the attractions and shop are closed, one way to entertain the kids at night is to get them to participate in the Quiz Rally.  Armed with a brochure, they can go around the airport to search for chops to fill up the spaces in the brochure.  There are 12 locations scattered all around the airport – good luck finding them!

New Chitose Airport with kids - Quiz Rally

MF’s completed quiz rally brouchure!

 

PS:  There are actually questions at each booth that you are supposed to answer and chop in the correct box (hence the name ‘QUIZ rally’), after which you can redeem a prize if you answer everything correctly.  However, it’s all in Japanese.  Anyway my kids were only interested in chopping, so we never bothered about the ‘Quiz’ part of this activity.

Official website for more information: Japanese


 #9 New Chitose Airport Streetcar

Located on the 3rd floor, this streetcar with extremely realistic interior allows kids to experience what it is like to ride and drive one.  MF and MY always dash there to play while I wait in the queue for the very popular Hanamaru sushi restaurant which is nearby.

New Chitose Airport with kids - Streetcar

Streetcar at New Chitose Airport.

 

And just beside this streetcar, you will find an ice-cream shop, 雪印パーラー that sells an ice-cream soft serve that is freshly made and served exclusively at this airport store.  Yummy yummy for the kids!

Ice-cream freshly made in the airport!

Ice-cream freshly made in the airport!

 


 #10 Air Terminal Hotel

Kids will LOVE a stay at Air Terminal Hotel within the airport, where most of their rooms face the runway.   They can sit at the window and watch planes landing and taking off all day!  And if you are worried about noise, not to worry.  New Chitose Airport is pretty quiet at night (they do not have flights arriving / departing in the middle of the night).

Note: We stayed here on numerous occasions and there was just one occasion where we got a room without a runway view.  If you want a room with a runway view, you may want to put that into your request during booking.

New Chitose Airport with kids - Air Terminal Hotel.

View of the sunrise and the runway from our room at Air Terminal Hotel.

 

Official website for more information: Japanese


 Itinerary for Hokkaido Travel With Kids

Need help planning your Hokkaido vacation with kids? I have travelled to Hokkaido with kids three times.  Below you will find my itineraries and detailed write-ups with travel advice from these trips.

Hokkaido in Autumn (October 2013)
Part 1: Flight, Hotel Mercure Sapporo, Toyota Rent-A-Car Sapporo
Part 2: Itinerary (with telephone numbers and GPS Map Codes)

Hokkaido in Summer (June 2014)
> Outline of Itinerary
Part 1: Chitose, Lake Toya, Hakodate, Niseko, Otaru
Part 2: Sapporo
Part 3: Furano, Biei, Tomamu, Obihiro, New Chitose Airport

Hokkaido in Winter (December 2014)
> Outline of Itinerary
Part 1:  Sapporo
Part 2: Asahikawa, Lake Akan, Lake Mashu, Iozan, Lake Kussharo
Part 3: Kushiro, Obihiro, Tomamu
Part 4: Chitose, Lake Shikotsu, Niseko, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya, Rusutsu
Part 5: Sapporo, Otaru, New Chitose Airport


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18Comments

  1. Regina says:

    Hi Bumbeeblemum,

    I wanted to go to a few places after reading your blog, however, I am not sure if they are available/open during winter season. Their website are in Japanese too, so I thought of checking with you if you happen to know….

    1. Is Takino Suzuran Hillside park in Sapporo open during winter, in December, their playground and trampolin and all that stuff?

    2. How far is Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) from Noboribetsu Hotel Mahoroba? How can I go there from the hotel? Is this place (Jigokudani) open during December, with accessible walkway/pathway?

    3. Does Hotel Mahoroba offers any day use for their onsen? Again, I can’t find their english website. Does their children slide opens in winter, is it cold water or hot onsen water that one slides down to?

    Appreciate your feedback.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hi Regina,

      1. I don’t think the playgrounds would be available at Takino Suzuran Hillside Park in winter. They are probably all covered by snow. Takino Suzuran Hillside Park becomes a ski-cum-snow park in winter, but it won’t be ready by December.
      http://www.takinopark.com/03_ENJOY/white/white.html#001

      2. You can walk to Jigokudani from Hotel Mahoroba. Yes, Jigokudani is accessible even in winter. I have plotted the walking route on google map:
      https://goo.gl/maps/ccBnw

      3. Yes, the children’s slide is open in winter. The water is hot onsen water. We were there in winter. You can soak in the indoor onsen for a while to heat up your body first. Then when you go outdoor, this is when the cold wind would hit you, but you will just have to walk quickly (but please be very careful because the floor is very slippery at the onsen, especially in winter) to the slide.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hmm.. I realized Hotel Mahoroba has no mention of day-use onsen on their website. I went to Noboribetsu Onsen’s website, and here is the list of hotels that offer day-use onsen:
      http://www.noboribetsu-spa.jp/?page_id=908&lang=en

      Hotel Mahoroba is not listed.

      • Regina says:

        Thank you so much for checking their japanese website for me. That’s really kind of you.

        Hotel Mahoroba is really nice, great onsen, rooms and of course their all you can eat seafood dinner…looks so good and though pricey, I think it’s worth a try. Plus after looking at the 8 mins walk to Jigokudani, this is definitely the place to stay.

        Never seen any slides in any onsen before. This is really unique, I bet it is much more bearable during summer as it is outdoor…winter must be freezing when you are wet and out of the water. I hope they let adults slide too…hehe..but is everyone really sliding down naked?

        After further consideration, I think we don’t have time to go to Noboribetsu. It will be pretty rush and tiring for the kid. However, we will definitely make a mental note to visit this place in our next spring or summer vacation to Hokkaido, hopefully the hillside park will be open during those period.

        Once again, thanks a million for your time.

        • bumblebeemum says:

          Haha.. Yes, everyone is sliding down naked! And yes, I slide down too – so it’s fine for adults to use the slide. I actually like onsen in winter more. After you have soaked in an onsen for a while, you will be surprised by how well your body can take the sub-zero cold stark naked for a while after that. Just have to warm up your body at the indoor onsen first before heading out.

          If you visit in Summer, Takino Suzuran Hillside Park will be a great place to visit. Not sure about Spring because snow does take some time to melt away.

  2. may says:

    Hi bumblebee,

    do i have to check in to the departure hall in order for me to go to the royce chocolate world?

    Thanks!

  3. may says:

    thank you so much bumblebeemum! 😀

  4. Irene says:

    Hii…

    Thank you so much for writing a very helpful blog for travelling to Japan.
    I’m going to Hokkaido for 2 nights only next month from 17-19 March.
    Do you have any suggested place to go in this short trip?
    Fyi, I’m going with my husband and my 2 kids 5 years and 9 years.
    My daughter loves doraemon so much, she’s so trilled when she read your blog.
    Where is the Doraemon skypark located? Is it in arrival or departure terminal?
    Should we go there once we arrive at 2pm or when we’re going back which depart at 6.30pm?
    This is my first time going to Hokkaido, I’m very excited yet afraid of getting lost too :-p

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Arrival and Departure at New Chitose Airport is the same terminal.. Just different floor. Doraemon Sky Park is on Level 3:
      http://www.new-chitose-airport.jp/en/doraemon/

      The shops at the airport close pretty early, so I think you should go before your depart. Plan to go to the airport slightly earlier – there are lots to shop and play at CTS!

      Sapporo is really easy to get around because the city centre is mapped out like a grid. Even if you get lost, I’m sure you will stumble across some good food to keep yourself happy. :p

  5. Kyoko says:

    Hi, thanks for writting such a informative blog on Hokkaido. I’m planning to spend some time in New Chitose Airport right away I arrive.
    Was wondering how about the luggage claim? If we are spending too much time in the airport, how would the airport officer handle our unclaim luggage?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      You need to collect our luggage first. All the stuff in CTS are in the public areas, so you definitely need to collect your luggage, clear customs before you can start exploring the airport. There are lockers where you can leave your luggage, or just put all your luggage on a trolley and push it around.

  6. Maggie says:

    Hi bumblebee mum, we have an early morning flight on Sat 9am. Is there any place where we could grab some food or snacks that early in the airport? As we will get there by 7am.

  7. Cindy says:

    Hi, I’m a great fan of your blog and your posts on Hokkaido have helped me a lot in planning for my upcoming trip in Dec. Just want to check about spending time in New Chitose Airport. My flight is leaving at 7.25pm. I intend to go to the airport for lunch and stay there throughout. Is it too much? How about my luggage? Can I put them on a trolley and wheel it around all the shops and activity areas?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Neh, it’s not too much. I can easily spend a day shopping and eating at CTS. You can either push your luggage around on the trolley, or if you find it too troublesome, there are coin lockers to leave your luggage in.

  8. Serene says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum,

    I plan to make a trip down to New Chitose Airport from Rera Outlet Mall.

    Are the following located at the public area of the New Chitose Airport:
    1) Royce Chocolate World
    2) Doraemon Waku Waku Skypark
    3) Magical Road
    4) Steiff Nature World

    Thanks in advance for your assistance :)

    • bumblebeemum says:

      CTS was undergoing a lot of renovation when I was there in June.. So Magical Road and Steiff Nature World were no longer around, but there is now a new Hello Kitty attraction. But yup, all these are in the pubic area.

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