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Traveling in Hokkaido

about 1 month ago
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I'm going to be visiting Hokkaido in January 2025 and will be using public transport the entire way as I do not have a driver's license. Please also note I like the Japanese trains and like traveling around on them. Please review this scaffold of an itinerary.

Day 1:
Take the train from Tokyo to Hakodate. Spend the night there. Check out Mt. Hakodate and the area.

Day 2:
Spend the morning in Hakodate, and then take the train to Otaru. Check out the canals in the evening.

Day 3:
Take the train from Otaru to Wakkanai. I'm not very interested in Sapporo (been there before) so I will be skipping over it. Hoping to catch a view of Mt. Rishiri.

Day 4:
Check out Cape Soya and the Wakkanai area. Take an afternoon train to Asahikawa and spend the night there.

Day 5: Take the train from Asahikawa to Abashiri. Check out the prison museum and spend the night.

Day 6: Take the train from Abashiri to Kushiro. Hire a cab to check out the Akan and Mashu Lakes.

Day 7:
Take the train from Kushiro to Nemuro and check out the easternmost point in Japan. Take a late train back to Kushiro.

Day 8:
Take the train from Kushiro to Lake Toya.

Day 9:
Take the train from Lake Toya back to Tokyo.

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about 1 month ago

Hi there,

This looks great and very organised - I've especially heard great things about the prison museum in Abashiri! Please note that to get to the Akan and Mashu Lakes, there are JR buses that cover travel to both lakes from Kushiro Station. It's an option worth looking into considering how expensive hiring cabs can be in Japan.

Hope this helps!


5 posts
1 day ago

Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for the information regarding the buses to the Akan and Mashu Lakes. Yes, hiring a cab in Japan can be quite pricey, but since the yen is so weak it might be worth the convenience.

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