As Hokkaido has a wide area, diverse climates can be seen. In the central and northern area where major ski resorts are found has particularly heavy snowfalls.
|Sunrise & Sunset||6:33/16:07||7:03/16:03||7:01/16:30||6:27/17:11||5:38/17:47||4:45/18:23|
※Be sure to get a voltage/plug transformer.
Japanese currency is Yen (¥). To change your money to Japanese Yen, go to a bank, post office or money exchanges located inside of New Chitose Airport, and major hotels. ATM such as Yucho Bank, (post office bank), Seven Eleven Bank(mainly located inside of convenience stores), you can access [PLUS], [Cirrus] and [Chinese Bank] international network to withdraw Japanese Yen from your account. Yucho Banks are usually found in any city, town or village in Japan, and the Seven Eleven Bank ATMs are placed in 850 locations throughout Hokkaido.
|Mon. - Fri.||9:00 - 15:00 (Yucho Bank until 16:00)|
|Closed on Sat., Sun., and Holidays, New Years||(Dec. 31 - Jan. 3)|
|Basically it opens from||8:45 - 18:00|
|some urban area it opens from||8:00 - 21:00
(ATM at some locations are accessible on Sat., Sun., and Holidays.)
|ATMs located inside of convenience stores||Accessible 24 hours in some cases.|
In Japan cash is mostly used but some credit cards are accepted such as JCB, VISA, Master Card, American Express and a few others. You may use credit cards at locations such as department stores, hotels and some super markets, appliance stores, book stores, gas stations JR Reserved seating ticket machines, travel agencies and middle class restaurants. There are some places that do not take credit cards such as hot spring inns in the country, private businesses, public transportation ticket booths, fast food shops, convenience stores, 100 yen stores, and ordinary vending machines.
Abashiri Drift Ice Breaker
Old Hokkaido Government
Ainu's Iomante Fire Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
Hot springs Scenery
This is a very economical ride as much as you can JR rail ticket designed for foreign travelers.
The Japan Rail Pass covers all JR lines in Japan. Choose from a 7 Day, 14 Day, 21 Day rail pass. For travel inside of Hokkaido you can purchase the Hokkaido Rail Pass which is a 3 Day or 5 Day pass. They cannot be bought inside of Japan, so please be sure to purchase an exchange order before you leave your country!
Fly to New Chitose Airport, the gateway to Hokkaido from major airports inside of Japan, such as Narita, or Haneda.
There are also flights to other cities in Hokkaido such as Asahikawa, Hakodate, Obihiro, Kushiro and Wakkanai Airports.
It is approx. 16 - 17 hours if you take the Hokutosei sleeper or Cassiopeia from JR Ueno Station in Tokyo to Sapporo.
It is 3 hours from Tokyo to Hachinohe (Aomori) on the Tohoku Bullet Train "Hayate", which departs from JR Tokyo Station. From Hachinohe, change to the Ltd. Exp. "Hakucho" and it takes 3 hours to Hakodate. From Hakodate take the Ltd. Exp. "Hokuto", or "Super Hokuto" and be in Sapporo in another 3 hours.
For travel inside of Hokkaido, we recommend inter island flights, JR and Sightseeing Buses.