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Blog Hops we participate in:

Blog hops / Link ups / Linky are essentially collection of blog posts by various bloggers.  They are a great way to explore the world vicariously!  Check out the following blog hops that we participate in:

City Tripping

by Mummy Travels and Wander Mum


Monday Escapes

by Travel Loving FamilyExtraordinary Chaos, Tin Box Traveller and Mini Travellers


Wanderful Wednesday

by Lauren on LocationSnow in TromsoThe Sunny Side of This and What a Wonderful World


Faraway Files

by Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl around the World


My Favourite Trip

by Our Seaside Baby

My Favourite Trip

Fearless Family Travel

by Wandermust Family

Fearless Family Travel


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Singapore Mom Bloggers

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  1. We would love it if you’d consider joining #TheWeeklyPostcard travel blog linkup too. 🙂 It’s open for 48 hours every weekend (Singapore time: 3am Saturday morning to 3am Monday morning).

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hi Linda, yes I have been seeing The Weekly Postcard around and would love to join. Just that weekends are always so packed with visits to grandparents and family outings, every time I have time to sit down on Monday morning to work on my laptop, The Weekly Postcard is over already. 🙁

  2. changer says:

    Aaah it looks like that i’m a bit late before Christmas. So Weekly Postcards are over already. So so…

  3. SG says:

    Read your blog ion driving in winter in East Hokkaido. I intend to visit with 3 friends in early Feb. How hard is it to drive during winter ? I have asked various sites and most discourage it as when I mention we are from Singapore. I thought of getting a 3 day JR Pass but moving with luggages on public transport and local buses in winter seems quite daunting..
    Appreciate your advice.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Many of our readers did self-drive over the last December holidays and said that it was okay. There are dangers, but the important thing is to be very patient and drive slow – do not be tempted to speed. Plan a very loose itinerary to give yourself ample time for driving without feeling the need to rush. If you want to cover more places and spend less time on the road, you can take the train to the nearest city and rent a car from there. For e.g. if you are planning to visit Lake Akan, you can take the train to Kushiro and rent a car from there to explore Akan National Park.

      I have written tips for driving in winter on this post:

      If you have any more concerns after reading it, feel free to drop it under the comments.

  4. Maureen says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum, I am planning a trip to hokkaido from 26nov16 to 3dec16 with my family of 4 comprising 2 boys (11 yrs old and 9 yrs old) and my husband. Initially I am thinking of driving but think may not be a good idea given the winter conditions. Would you be able to recommend an itinerary for us using public transport? Thank you v much! MuffinOtto.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      If you do not wish to drive, stick to the major cities like Sapporo, Otaru and Hakodate. If you would like to visit Niseko, use the direct bus between Sapporo and Niseko. You can also visit Tomamu which is accessible by train.

  5. Sally Chew says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum,

    i and my friend had just came back from our japan trip and did a self drive around mt fuji area indeed was a wonderful experience. And thanks to some of the place u recommended in your blog.

    we would like to travel to hokkaido and next year date would be 16april to 3may just wondering isnt a good time to travel ? Or this period or 23april -11 May would be better?

    Btw we will be heading back to mt fuji for 4days before back to tokyo. so will be exploring hokkaido for abt 10-12days.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      23 April – 11 May would be better because it is sakura season in Hokkaido. However, you are coinciding with Golden Week. So do book all your flights and accommodation early (about 6 months in advance).

  6. CORINNE says:

    Hi so happy to find you. need your help. i am planning a self drive from nagoya to osaka this september 2016. quick question. i am looking at map codes. there is an asterisk eg 1 315 459*9. do i need to key the * and how on the GPS? Thanks!

  7. Vhartojo says:

    Hi, we need your advise on which illumination event is more worth to visit between Huis Ten Bosch, Sagamiko Illumination and Nabana No Sato. Your preferences in order will be much appreciated. Thank you

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I would think Huis Ten Bosch would be the most spectacular among the three. But it really depends on which part of Japan you are visiting because they are all at very different parts of Japan? If you are flying Tokyo, I suggest you go to Sagamiko. If you are flying Kansai, then go to Nabana No Sato. If you are flying Fukuoka, then go to Huis Ten Bosch.

  8. Jabin says:


    I’m planning a trip to Hokkaido and I’m wondering if the Singapore driving license can be used there.


  9. May Yeow says:

     Hi Ms Bumblebee mum

    I have been reading your Japan posts and would like to seek some advice travelling in Tokyo with 21months toddler.
    Duration is 27nov to 7 dec (10days)

    During 27-30Nov, We would like to visit Mother Farm in Chiba and Tokisumika in Gotemba , Puroland. As we touch down in Narita, what is a better route to navigate to these places before we settle at Shinjuku on 1Dec?

    We do not mind car rental, if car is a better choice, which should be pick up point and return location?

    If there is anything I miss out, please feel free to give more pointers.

    Thank you, 

    May Yeow

    • bumblebeemum says:

      You do need a car to cover the three places in a such a short time. I would go Tokyo – Mother Farm – Toki No Sumika – Puroland – Tokyo. You can pick up the car from the airport and return it to Shinjuku.

      Actually I find it a bit rushed to visit Mother Farm, Toki No Sumika and Puroland in those 4 days, especially if you are touching down on 27 Nov. You don’t really need a car for Puroland – it can be visited as a day trip from Shinjuku quite easily. I would use the car just to go Tokyo – Mother Farm – Toki No Sumika – Tokyo and do Puroland on one of the days when I’m staying in Shinjuku.

      • Dawn says:

        Hi BumbleBee mum,

        sorry i not sure where to send you question in regards to Japan tour, therefore have to send via reply here.

        your travel itinerary is very interesting, too bad i do not have that many days to travel around. i am planing for partial self drive in Hokkaido this Dec, may i ask which rental company will u recommend?

        will also like to seek your opinion on my travel itinerary.

        Day 1 – Reach Chitose. Self drive to Noboribetsu. Stay a night at Lake Toya

        Day 2 – Sight visit at Lake Toya. stay at Lake toya

        Day 3 – Drive to Otaru. return rental car. stay over at Otaru.

        Day 4 – take train from Otaru to Sapporo. Sight seeing at Sapporo

        Day 5 – take train to Asahikawa zoo. back to Sapporo

        Day 6 – travel to Chitose. back to Sapporo

        Day 7 – Depart for SG

        I am a little concern of self drive as this is my 1st time to do winter drive. therefore i try to cut down the days to drive. but also understand you mention that is not convenience to travel from around without car.

        Please advise

        • bumblebeemum says:

          If you don’t speak Japanese, go for the bigger car rental companies like Toyota, Nippon Rent-a-Car or Nissan who are better at dealing with foreigners.

          Day 1: What time are you reaching? I’m not sure if you will have enough time to go to Noboribetsu and subsequently Lake Toya before it gets dark. You still need to collect the car upon arrival and that takes time. Not forgetting it gets dark by 4+pm in December. I would end the day at Noboribetsu to be safe.

          Other than that, your itinerary looks okay.

  10. Weng Keong says:

    Hello bumblebeemum, would like your help to plan my itinerary in Sapporo. Cracking my brains to squeeze okurayama jump stadium, shiroi kobito, Otaru, Asahiyama Zoo and Sapporo Beer factory into 2 full days. Okurayama seems like the odd one out but my wife wants to try the open ski lift and since we don’t ski this seems the best alternative.
    Current is Day 1-Okurayama, Shiroi kobito then Otaru. Day 2-Asahiyama Zoo then Beer Factory. What so you think? And any more attractions that I should be going other than those in downtown?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Wahaha… Okay, that sounds ambitious. Because Asahiyama Zoo is usually a full-day thing and I usually also recommend a whole day for Otaru.

      If you reduce Otaru to half a day and you drive, you may just be able to squeeze Okurayama Jump Stadium, Shiroi Koibito Park and Otaru in a day. The driving route actually looks pretty straightforward with minimal detour between the 3 places:

      But by public transport, I don’t think you can squeeze in all 3 places in one day.

      As for Sapporo beer factory, if you are visiting for the restaurants at the bier garten (not the museum itself which closes early), it is possible for you to go to Sapporo Bier Garten after you come back from Asahiyama Zoo. Because the restaurants at Bier Garten open till late.

      If you only have 2 days, I don’t think you should be going to any other attractions?? But actually, one of my favourite sightseeing spots in Sapporo is the Mount Moiwa Ropeway.

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  12. Natalie says:

    I’m new to the link up and blog hop idea! This looks like fun and I’m happy to have found you. Thanks for the information!

    I blog about traveling with the kids and making it educational. The whole world is a classroom and we love taking the kids to places besides the usual ‘kid’ things like zoos and children’s museums.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Nice to meet you! Your kids are lucky to have an educator as their mom and geologist as their dad (wow!). I can just imagine the tons they can learn from your family travels! 🙂

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  15. Alex says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum,
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  17. Jerilyn says:


    I’m hoping you could help me. we’re going as a family of 6 – grandparents, us and 2 kids – 1 and 3.5 yo.
    we’re going in April
    1. is it easier to drive in sapporo/ otaru?
    2. atm we’ve got 1 day in sapporo. should we skip hakodate due to the long drive? our plan is sapporo airport (day1) – noribetsu (day2) – toya then hakodate ( days 3 and 4), otaru ( day 5 back to sapporo (day 6, 7), flight to Tokyo (day 8)
    thank you

    • bumblebeemum says:

      1. With a group like yours, it may be easier to drive.

      2. If you don’t want to go Hakodate to avoid the long drive, you can also consider 3rd night at Lake Toya and 4th night at Niseko.

  18. Maureen says:

    Hi, I will be in Hokkaido for 5 days from 5 June to 9 June. What itinerary would you recommend, where is the must go place.


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