Hokkaido Self-Drive Trip (June 2016) Part 6: Obihiro – Yubari – Chitose

Hokkaido Self-Drive Trip (June 2016) - Obihiro, Yubari, Yuni Garden, New Chitose Airport - Bumble Bee Mum

Continued from: Hokkaido Self-Drive Trip (Juen 2016) Part 5: Akan National Park, Kushiro, Akkeshi

From Ikeda, it was just a short drive to Obihiro where we spent our second last night in Hokkaido at our favourite hotel in Obihiro, Richmond Hotel Obihiro, which was located right opposite JR Obihiro Station.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (01) Obihiro Station

A note on parking at Richmond Hotel Obihiro: The hotel’s parking was full when we arrived, so we had to park our car at the basement carpark of Obihiro station across the road.  However, the hotel validated our parking coupon and we paid them the usual hotel parking fee.  This was SO much better than many of the other hotels I have stayed in, where if their carpark was full, they would ask us to go find a coin parking nearby and we would need to pay whatever normal parking rates those carparks charge (which is usually more than what hotels carparks charge for their guests).  So Richmond Hotel Obihiro has given me yet another reason to love them!

After we checked in, the husband hustled everyone out of the hotel to have dinner at Panchou, our favourite buta-don (pork rice bowl) shop which was a stone’s throw from Richmond Hotel Obihiro.  Because the last time we were here, we took our own sweet time and by the time we reached Panchou, they were closed.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (02) Obihiro Panchou Buta Don

And when we arrived at Panchou, there was a queue! WAH! This was my.. third visit I think? Last two times I didn’t have to queue.  Guess my luck has ran out.  But I was so glad it was no longer raining – I cannot imagine if I had to queue in the rain!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (03) Obihiro Panchou Buta Don

After queuing for not-sure-how-long, we finally got our table and I ordered the biggest bowl of buta don they had.  Okay, I’m lazy to repeat myself so you can read what I said about Panchou on Instagram:

My third visit to Panchou and the only time I had to queue! Unfortunately my fear that their greater popularity and long queue would result in poorer food standard came true. Their pork slices were thinner than they used to be and drier. The signature sauce and the fragrance from the fats still made it a yummy dish for those who have never tried their older version. Seems to me they tried to slice their pork slices thinner thinking once-off tourists may not notice. Too bad, I noticed. Hahaha… Guess it's time to explore new buta don haunts in Obihiro! #bumblebeemumtravels #bumblebeemuminjapan #obihiro #butadon #panchou #帯広 #豚丼 #ぱんちょう #japantrip #japantravel #hokkaido #hokkaidotrip #hokkaidotravel #japanfood #japanesefood #japanfoodgopan #hokkaidofood #foodphotography #changirecommends #changiwifi #travelblog #travelblogger #iamtb #mondayescapes #traveltuesday #wednesdaywanderlust #travelthursday #citytripping #myfavouritetrip #familytravelhq

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After dinner, we went to check out Kita No Yatai.  It was a Saturday night and Kita No Yatai was absolutely bustling!! All the stores were full of patrons chatting happily with the store owners sitting in the middle.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (04) Obihiro Kita No Yatai

I loved the atmosphere at Kita no Yatai.  Though I got to say it was not a very kids-friendly environment.  I doubted I could push a stroller into any of the tiny establishments that lined the street.

We just walked around the area around Kita No Yatai, which reminded me a bit of Susukino in Sapporo.  It struck me that the past two times I spent the night in Obihiro, I didn’t venture into the streets of Obihiro city centre after dark at all.  The first time, we drove to Tokachigawa Onsen for Sairinka festival.  The second time, it was just too cold to bring the kids out to walk after dark.  I concluded Obihiro was a city that came to life after dark.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (05) Obihiro Kita No Yatai

Day 14:  Obihiro – Yubari – Chitose

We started the morning with a visit to my favourite bakery cafe in Obihiro, Mugioto (ますやパン 「麦音」).  This was the second time I visited, you can read more about our first visit > here <.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (28) Obihiro Masuya Pan Mugioto

It was a sunny Sunday summer morning, which makes for a great morning for the ENTIRE town to gather at Mugioto for breakfast.  The queue was insane!  Luckily the kids could entertain themselves in the little playroom while the adults queued up for the bread.  Okay, I was too busy queuing for bread to go and take photos of the playroom.  So here are old photos from our December 2014 visit.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (27) Obihiro Masuya Pan Mugioto

Since it was summer, we sat at one of the many benches on the lawn to enjoy our breakfast.  Despite the crazy queue inside, there was more than enough space for everyone to sit and dine outside.  It was soooo good and relaxing!

After a very fulfilling breakfast, we went for a stroll at Manabe Garden (真鍋庭園) which was just about 2km away from Mugioto.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (06) Obihiro Manabe Garden

Manabe Garden was really lovely.   I highly recommend dropping in if you are visiting Obihiro in Summer.

Manabe Garden turned out to be a lot more kids-friendly than I expected.  Along the way, we passed by a Children’s Garden!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (08) Obihiro Manabe Garden

The kids have been so deprived of play due to the lousy weather.  So we let them play to their hearts content here.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (09) Obihiro Manabe Garden

There were three different walking trails to choose from at Manabe Garden.  I went for the longest one with MF because I had to digest my huge breakfast.  The husband, MY and in-laws went for the shortest one.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (07) Obihiro Manabe Garden

By the time we got back from our longest trail, we found MY playing at the playground near the cafe at Manabe Garden.  MF immediately dashed over to join in,

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (10) Obihiro Manabe Garden

In the meantime, my in-laws were checking out the squirrel which was busy munching at the table filled with what I assumed was squirrel food.  So cute!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (12) Obihiro Manabe Garden

Maybe the next time I am in Obihiro, I would have breakfast at Manabe Garden instead of Mugioto.  The playground and squirrel can so keep the kids entertained!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (11) Obihiro Manabe Garden

From Manabe Garden, we went on to Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden.

We bought some confectionery from the cafe which were okay.  Nothing to wow about frankly.  I conclude I’m not a big fan of Ryugetsu.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (13) Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden

And we drove on to Yubari to check out some famous Yubari melons.  We arrived at the roadside station ‘Meroad’ (夕張 道の駅 メロード) and was welcomed by an over-enthusiastic melon-bear!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (14) Yubari Roadside Station Michi No Eki MeRoad

There was a little supermarket there where I picked out an exclusive melon cake!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (16) Yubari Roadside Station Michi No Eki MeRoad

And of course not forgetting to sink our teeth into some sliced yubari melons.  MF super loved Hokkaido melons and finished up the whole slice, leaving none for me!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (17) Yubari Roadside Station Michi No Eki MeRoad

Fine… Two can play a game. I went to buy a melon soft serve and hid in a corner to enjoy it.  (Yes, I’m an evil mom like that.)

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (18) Yubari Roadside Station Michi No Eki MeRoad

Okay, I thought the melon soft serve was kind of blah.  Not creamy enough for me – it was slightly icey.  Not my type of soft serve.

After eating too much for a day, we had to work off those calories so our next destination was Yuni Garden.  It was our lucky day as far as meeting mascots were concerned.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (19) Yuni Garden

Truth be told, nobody wanted to go to Yuni Garden except me.  If we had done a vote, we would be driving back to New Chitose Airport to shop, eat or sleep.  Oh, I forgot to mention, my friends in the other car had ditched us and went straight back to Chitose right after breakfast.

However, I refused to go back to the airport when it was finally bright and sunny!! If it had been raining, sure, I would go back to Chitose right after breakfast too.  But after enduring days of rain and fog, I was so adamant on maximizing the good weather.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (21) Yuni Garden

I have concluded by the end of this trip that bright sunny summer days in Hokkaido are as rare as a Pikachu in Pokemon Go and must be treasured.  #TheThingsTravelGuidesDoNotTellYouAbout

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (20) Yuni Garden

It was finally starting to get dark by the time we were done with Yuni Garden, so back to New Chitose Airport we went.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (22) Yuni Garden

Usually my travel tales would end at this point.  Because after reaching CTS,  it is usually pretty uneventful.  I would have dinner at Hanamaru, snack at Kinotoya and Kitakaro, sleep at Air Terminal Hotel, and fly back to Singapore the next morning.  But somehow this time it was pretty eventful.

I think it was because CTS was undergoing major renovations.  So firstly, Hanamaru was GONE.  ARGH!!! In its place was another sushi restaurant – which was not bad but I still preferred Hanamaru.  But at least all my other food haunts like Kinotoya (with the famous BAKE cheese tarts) and Kitakaro were still around.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (23) New Chitose Airport Kinotoya Bake Cheese Tart

And this time round, the check-in for our Thai airways flight home was WAY faster than in the past.  Which gave us like an hour or so extra before our flight the next morning.  We used the extra time to check out Smile Road and noticed that Royce Chocolate Factory had expanded and even now have a Royce Bakery cafe!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (24) New Chitose Airport Royce Bakery Cafe

LOOK AT THAT! A whole slab of Royce chocolate in a bun!

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (25) New Chitose Airport Royce Bakery Cafe

If you only have enough stomach space for one bread, make it this one.  OMG.  The molten Royce chocolate chocolate wrapped in fluffy pastry.

Hokkaido June Self-Drive Trip 6 (26) New Chitose Airport Royce Bakery Cafe

At Smile Road, I also spotted a sign that said that there was going to be a Hello Kitty attraction, Hello Kitty Happy Flight, opening on 22 July 2016 at New Chitose Airport.  WOOHOO!!

Okay, it took me more than a month from coming back to writing this, so that means Hello Kitty Happy Flight should be open already! If you are visiting Hokkaido now (or visiting Hokkaido soon) and have photos of Hello Kitty Happy Flight that you don’t mind me sharing on this blog, feel free to email them to:

Thank you very much in advance! I am DYING of curiosity to know what it is all about!!  Like GOSH.. I am looking at New Chitose Airport website and the cafe menu is like… OMG!!

I think I need to plan my next visit to Hokkaido soon.  Just for you, Hello Kitty.  And THAT chocolate bun from Royce Bakery Cafe.



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  • Hahaah I can’t wait to go back to Hokkaido again! We’re crossing our fingers for end this year or next year 🙂

  • Daddy B says:

    Wow, you really make a full use of your day in Hokkaido, which really looks nice and entrailing. A pity my kids are still so small, otherwise we’d have gone for the same too.

  • Jacinta says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum,

    I really love your posts on Hokkaido! They were really helpful when I was researching for my upcoming trip in Oct. I’m a fellow Singaporean travelling to Hokkaido with my husband for our honeymoon and we hope to catch the autumn colors there.

    If it isn’t too much trouble, I was hoping you’d be able to give us some advice on our itinerary 🙂 We’d be there for 11 days and plan to rent a car to get around. However, 11 days doesn’t seem long enough to cover the east of Hokkaido hence we’re not visiting Daisetzusan, Lake Akan, etc. We originally thought we could stay at Lake Shikotsu but just realized there aren’t many hotels there that won’t break our bank.

    13 Oct: Shin Chitose – Sapporo
    14 Oct: Sapporo
    15 Oct: Otaru
    16 Oct: Furano
    17 Oct: Biei, Asahikawa
    18 Oct: ??
    19 Oct: Lake Shikotsu – Noboribetsu
    20 Oct: Lake Toya
    21 Oct: Hakodate
    22 Oct: Hakodate
    23 Oct: Hakodate – Hakodate Airport to Sg

    Would you have any suggestion on where we could go in between Asahikawa and Lake Shikotsu? Also, are we spending too much time at Hakodate?

    Thank you very much 🙂

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Maybe you can try Tomamu for 18 Oct? Alternatively just spend one more day at Sapporo at the beginning.

      With the time you have at Hakodate, you can go to Onuma Koen. Hopefully by the time you are there, the foliage is turning red. Onuma Koen is one of Hokkaido’s popular autumn foliage spot, but try to go there as late as possible because autumn foliage there usually peaks end Oct / early Nov.

  • Louis says:


    I enjoyed reading your blog and it was very informative!

    I have booked tickets for Hokkaido via Thai Airways on 23 May to 2 June and would like your input on my first visit to Hokkaido.

    So far the areas I’m planning to go are:-


    Is this pace okay or do I have time to explore somewhere else?
    I’ll be renting a car for this trip.

    Thanks in advance!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      For your dates, I recommend going to Takinoue and Kamiyubetsu at the start of your trip for shibazakura and tulips. You can read more on this post:

      Your dates are a bit too early for flowers at Furano and Biei, so I don’t suggest you spend too much time there. But it is still a nice region to visit enroute between Asahikawa and Sapporo.

      With the time you have, you can also visit Lake Toya and Noboribetsu.

      This is what I would suggest:

      This is what I would do:

      23 May: CTS – Asahikawa
      24 May: Asahikawa (day trip to Takinoue & Kamiyubetsu)
      25 May: Asahikawa (Asahiyama Zoo)
      26 May: Asahikawa – Biei – Furano
      27 May: Furano – Sapporo
      28 May: Sapporo
      29 May: Sapporo (day trip to Otaru)
      30 May: Sapporo – Lake Toya
      31 May: Lake Toya – Noboribetsu
      1 June: Noboribetsu – CTS
      2 June: Flight back

      • Louis says:

        Thanks for the suggestion on the flowers!

        If I’m reading you right, it means that I’m staying 3 nights at Asahikawa, 1 night at Furano, 3 nights at Sapporo, 1 night at Lake Toya, 1 night at Noboribetsu and 1 night at CTS?

      • Louis says:

        Oops just realized that I’m arriving at 8.30am on 24th.

        In this case I would remove a night from Asahikawa and skip the zoo.

        • bumblebeemum says:

          Lol.. Hmm yeah, if you have one day less, then you can reduce 1 night in Asahikawa. Then it’ll be 2 nights at Asahikawa, 1 night at Furano, 3 nights at Sapporo, 1 night at Lake Toya, 1 night at Noboribetsu and 1 night at CTS.

          • Louis says:

            Hmm are the onsens in lake toya and noboribetsu tattoo friendly?

            I’m looking at lake view nonokaze and maharobo

            • bumblebeemum says:

              Hmmm… I’m not sure about Lake Toya and Noboribetsu specifically but in general, the onsens in Japan are not tattoo friendly unfortunately. 🙁

              Maybe you can try the private onsens instead of public ones? Lake View Nonokaze has a private onsen that you can rent.

          • Louis says:

            Okay thank you!

            • Louis says:

              Hello again!

              I’m back from my trip and we enjoyed it a lot thanks to your help 🙂

              It was our first self-drive holiday and I think we’re addicted 😛
              Kyushu 2018!

              • bumblebeemum says:

                It’s addictive, isn’t it?? Kyushu is another great region for self-driving, though I haven’t been there before myself. (Haven’t been able to snag a good airfare deal!) Let’s hope that Kyushu 2018 wish comes true for both of us!

  • Kate says:

    Dear BBM

    would appreciate your kind help in reviewing my itinerary for 8 pax (late fifties) self -drive


    7/10:- driving directly to Obihiro

    8/10:- Tomamu – unkai terrace & Kamifurano

    9/10:- Akan National Park & 5 Lakes

    10/10:- Ikeda wine castle – Kushiro Marsh -cranes, markets


    11/10:- furano & Biei

    12/10 :- Lake Notoro , Abashiri Prison & Shiretoko sightseeing ship

    13/10 :- Sounkyo & Asahidake (Are both having same autumn foliage should I just do one & not both?)

    BASE 3:- LAKE TOYA –

    14/10:- Jozanki onsen, Lake Toya

    15/10:- Cape Kamui / Shakotan area

    16/10:- Lake Toya – Mt Usu


    17/10:- Noboribetsu to Sapporo

    18/10:- Otaru

    19/10 :- Mt Moiwa, Sapporo tower, Nijo Market, Susukino, Odori Park

    20/10:- Historical village – Kaitaku-no Mura, Sapporo Beer museum,

    21/10:- Tanukikoji Shopping street

    22/10:- home sweet home

    Any modifications most welcome

    Thanking you in advance

    Kind regards

    • bumblebeemum says:

      When you say base, do you mean you only tend to stay in 4 hotels (in Obihiro, Asahikawa, Lake Toya and Sapporo)? In October, daylight hours are pretty short. I do suggest you change hotels along the way the way if you are driving to save time on the road.

      Are you arriving at Obihiro airport? Or CTS? Assuming you are arriving at Obihiro:

      8/10: It is a bit hard to visit Unkai Terrace as a day trip without staying at Tomamu, because you need to be up at the ropeway very early in the morning.

      9/10: Which 5 lakes are you referring to? It is possible to visit Akan National Park as a day trip from Obihiro. But if you are referring to Shiretoko 5 lakes, that is way too far.

      11/10: I suggest you spend a night at Furano / Biei.

      12/10: Shiretoko is way too far to be done as a day trip.

      13/10: October is probably a bit too late for autumn foliage at Asahidake. Maybe even Sounkyo. You MAY be able catch some autumn foliage in Sounkyo still, but it really depends on the weather. There’s a high chance autumn may be over in this region.

      In general, your itinerary needs major rearrangement. And if you want to cover as much of the sights you listed, you have to change hotels along the way. Changing hotels as you move is the best way to save time and hence visit more places. If you are unwilling to keep changing hotels, then you would have to drop some of the places. Particularly the far-flung ones like Abashiri, Shiretoko and Shakotan.

      With minimal change of hotel, this is what I would suggest:

      Day 1: Obihiro
      Day 2: Obihiro (day trip to Kushiro / Ikeda)
      Day 3: Obihiro (day trip to Lake Akan)
      Day 4: Obihiro – Tomamu
      Day 5: Tomamu (visit Unkai Terrace in the morning) – Furano
      Day 6: Furano (day trip to Kamifurano / Biei)
      Day 7: Furano – Sapporo
      Day 8: Sapporo (day trip to Jozankei)
      Day 9: Sapporo (I suggest spending a day at Takino Suzuran Hillside Park)
      Day 10: Sapporo (day trip to Otaru)
      Day 11: Sapporo (day trip to Lake Toya)
      Day 12: Sapporo (Mt Moiwa, Sapporo tower, Odori Park + I suggest visiting Makomanai Park for autumn foliage)
      Day 13: Sapporo (Historical village – Kaitaku-no Mura, Sapporo Beer museum)
      Day 14: Sapporo (Tanukikoji Shopping street / Susukino / Nijo Market)
      Day 15: Sapporo (day trip to Noboribetsu)
      Day 16: flight back

      • Kate says:

        Thank you for your prompt reply and suggestions
        After much discussions with the group. our priority to visit Lake Notoro (pink algae) at the same time there to visiting Shiretoko & 5 lakes taking up your suggestions to stay one or two nights there? and unkai terrace o/n stay at Tomamu. we will be arriving into New Chitose airport in the morning. In your opinion, should we start our itinerary drive directly to stay in Asahikawa before going to Abrashiri bearing in mind Unkai terrace will be closing on 14 or 17 October. or start the journey from Tomamu..

        Your kind advise is much appreciated

        • bumblebeemum says:

          Hmmm.. For your dates, if you want to see the glasswort at Lake Notoro, I suggest you head up North immediately when you reach. Because your dates are near the tail-end for the glasswort season.

          Not sure if I got your dates correct, but you can try to following:

          Day 1 (7/10): CTS – Asahikawa
          Day 2 (8/10): Asahikawa – Lake Notoro
          Day 3 (9/10): Lake Notoro – Shiretoko
          Day 4 (10/10): Shiretoko
          Day 5 (11/10): Shiretoko – Lake Akan
          Day 6 (12/10): Lake Akan – Tomamu
          Day 7 (13/10): Tomamu – Furano
          Day 8 (14/10): Furano (day trip to Kamifurano / Biei)
          Day 9 (15/10): Furano – Sapporo
          Day 10 (16/10): Sapporo (day trip to Jozankei + Otaru)
          Day 11 (17/10): Sapporo (Morning: Niko Market + Odori Park + Sapporo Tower, Afternoon: Makomanai Park for autumn foliage, Evening: Mt Moiwa)
          Day 12 (18/10): Sapporo (Morning – Afternoon: Takino Suzuran Hillside Park, Evening: Tanukikoji + Susukino)
          Day 13 (19/10): Sapporo (Morning: Historical village Kaitaku-no Mura, Afternoon – Evening: Sapporo Beer museum)
          Day 14 (20/10): Sapporo (day trip to Lake Toya)
          Day 15 (21/10): Sapporo (day trip to Noboribetsu)
          Day 16 (22/10): Flight back

  • Susanna says:

    Great blog!
    One thing I cannot find—did you rent car seats for your children or bring them from home? We have a 5yo and will be in Tokyo for 5 days before we take the train to Hokkaido and rent a car. We would like a booster seating a back. In the US, car rental companies typically have car seats in poor condition. On the US, I’ve rented from companies that specialize in renting children’s things to travelers, but I can’t find that in Hokkaido. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you

  • BC says:

    Dear BBM
    Just read your posts for your Jun16 trip. It looked like a lot of driving.
    I m planning another trip in May17 & again, u gave me the inspiration to go for it.
    Pls could u let me know the number of nights u stayed in each place ?

    Thanks & regards

  • Weiming says:


    I am traveling from early to mid Aug for 13 nights with 1 toddler ages 18months and this is our first time visit to hokkaido. below is my plan, after planning out, we still have 1 more day to spare. which place do you think is worthwhile for us to stay for 1 more night?

    day 1: arrive at new chitose and drive to Noboribetsu
    day 2: lake toya
    day 3: Hakodate
    day 4: Niseko
    day 5: Otaru
    day 6&7: Sapporo
    day 8: Asahikawa
    day 9&10: Furano
    day 11: Tomanu
    day 12: airport hotel

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hmmm… If you are visiting Mid Aug, I would recommend that you do everything in reverse and head to Furano / Biei first. I would spend one more day at Furano & Biei in August. It’s a beautiful time to be there. 🙂

  • PJ says:

    Hi, I would be visiting Hokkaido in Oct. 5 adults 2 kids, our first time! So, I’m trying to go slow and enjoy. I’ve planned the below itinerary based on your blog, do you think it’s ok? Thanks!

    5th – land 10am – Sapporo (Beer factory)
    6th – Sapporo – Furano
    7th – Furano – Biei – Asahikawa (go zoo if got time)
    8th – Asahikawa – Asahidake (Mt Tokachi Observatory,cable car) – Furano
    9th – Furano – Obihiro (Bear Mountain, Lake Shikaribetsu, Fukuhara Sanso)
    10th – Obihiro – Sapporo (Explore Sapporo)
    11th – Sapporo – Jozankei – Otaru – Sapporo
    12th – Sapporo – Lake Toya/Farm – Nororibetsu (Jigokudani)
    13th – Nororibetsu – New Chitose Airport

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Are you changing hotels from 6th to 8th or staying in Furano all 3 nights? I would just stay at one hotel for these 3 nights, it’s a pain to change hotel from Furano to Asahikawa to Furano again with such a large group. I don’t think you have time to go to Asahiyama Zoo, it closes quite early.

      Other than that I think your itinerary looks okay. A bit rushed but if you set off early every morning it should be okay. Sun will be setting rather early by October, so you may have to drop some stuff along the way if you find it’s getting dark – just play by ear.

      • PJ says:

        Hi bbm,

        appreciate your reply 🙂 I’ve not booked accommodations from 6th to 12th, while I was doing my search for accom, Furano was verrryyyy expensive, S$ 1,098 for 3 nights for a double room. So I thought to spend a night in Asahikawa instead. Regardless, I will see if I can go with your recommendation, thanks!!


  • Buan Noor says:

    Hi, I’ve truly enjoyed reading your posts. Thank you.

    I’ll like to know if the route from Chitose airport to Obihiro is mainly highway. Is it safe to drive in the night on this route in early October?


    • Queen Bee says:

      Yes, the drive from CTS to Obihiro is highway all the way. In general it should be safe to drive at night in early October because it shouldn’t be snowing along that route yet. But weather in Hokkaido is extremely erratic, we did encounter a snow storm when we visiting in October due to a nearby typhoon. But generally it shouldn’t happen.

  • Ruralbumblebee says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum,

    Chance upon your blog while I was doing research for my upcoming hokkaido trip in Feb.

    I would be greatly appreciated if you could review my itinerary below for 2 pax self drive.

    Day 1 (8/02) : Sapporo
    Day 2 (9/02): Sapporo
    Day 3 (10/02): Sapporo to Niseko
    Day 4 (11/02): Niseko – Lake Toya – Hakodate
    Day 5 (12/02): Hakodate
    Day 6 (13/02): Hakodate to Otaru
    Day 7 (14/02): Otaru
    Day 8 (15/02): Otaru to Sapporo
    Day 9 (16/02): Sapporo
    Day 10 (17/02): Sapporo
    Day 11(18/02): Sapporo to Singapore

    Since 98% of the hotels in Sapporo has been fully booked due to snow festival this year we managed to get a room for 2 nights only so have to cut short our beginning of the trip in Sapporo and make a return at the end of the trip.

    I was wondering whether we are spending too many days in Sapporo or should I reduce 1 day from Sapporo and spend that extra day on Hakodate?or Otaru.

    Thank you

  • Ted says:

    HI Queen Bee,

    Think of planning trip to Hokkaido this June, probably from 9 June to 15 June 18.

    My draft itinerary will be :-

    Day 1 – arrival in Shin Chitose and proceed to Sapporo
    Day 2 – from Sapporo to Asahikawa (stay in Asahikawa)
    Day 3 – from Asahikawa to Furano (stay in Furano)
    Day 4 – from Furano to Biei to Tomanu (stay in Tomanu to catch Unkai)
    Day 5 – from Tomanu to Sapporo
    Day 6 – catching flight from Shin Chitose

    Just wandering, is there anything more to visit in Asahikawa beside the Zoo ?
    Will it be too early to see any flowers blooming in Furano and Biei ?
    Tomanu – beside Unkai anything else worth a visit ?

    PS : This will be our second trip to Hokkaido. Ours first was in Nov 2016 where we headed off from Sapporo to Otaru to Lake Toya to Noboribetsu and Hakodate.

    Thanking you in advance.

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