Japan Hokkaido Travel Guide

Japan Trip 2013 vol. 2| Travel

Continuing with, I want to share some pictures that I took during my three trips within Japan: Hokkaido, Tokyo Disneyland, and Osaka.

Trip to Hokkaido

At the end of June, we went to Hokkaido (北海道), the northernmost island of Japan’s four main islands. Hokkaido is cooler than the rest of Japan so it’s a great destination during the hot muggy summer season. Even though Japan itself has a long rich history, most of Hokkaido was settled by the Japanese only over the past 100 years. rn Western architecture and influences is visible especially in Sapporo city. Hokkaido is known for outdoor activities and winter sports and also for high quality fresh seafood, dairy products and produce.

1) Otaru (小樽) is a small harbor town, about half an hour northwest of Sapporo by train. This hilly town is famous for the beautiful canals, freshness of of its seafood, arts and crafts galleries and specialty shops featuring musical boxes and glass sculpture. getic kids, we couldn’t really stay in the small shops with lots of fragile products.
2) We stayed in Sapporo (札幌), the capital of Hokkaido, during the trip. Here the children are playing at the Odori Park, the broad median of largest street in the center of Sapporo stretching 12 blocks. In early February, the park serves as the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival.
3) The Sapporo Clock Tower was constructed during the early period of Sapporo’s development in 1878 and currently this is the oldest building standing in Sapporo.
4) From the Odori Park, you can see Sapporo TV Tower, which has an observation deck with views of the park and the surrounding city.
5) Former Hokkaido Government Office was built in 1888 around when Hokkaido first opened for settlement by the Japanese. In front of the building, there is a flower garden and a pond. Inside the building, there is a museum where you can learn about Hokkaido and its history and a tourist information office where you can get leaflets and brochure of tourist attractions.

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I'm a woman in my early 40s going to Japan by myself for the first two weeks in August.
I am seeking affordable accommodations and food, and tips on what not to miss while there.
I assume I will spend about 5 days in Tokyo and the rest traveling around.
Is this doable by myself speaking no Japanese? I have heard that one can get by in Tokyo with just English, but once outside of Tokyo things may get tricky.
Any tips on which other cities to see? Does anyone know of local travel agents that may organize sightseeing tours guided in Engl

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What's the best travel guide book for Japan?

I'm travelling to Japan at the end of the year and will be there for a month in december. I'll be spending most of my time in tokyo but would like to travel around i.e. hokkaido, sendai, osaka kyoto, etc.
I want to buy a travel guide book but i don't know which one is the best and can't decide which to get. I was planning to get the Lonely Planet Japan guide, but then saw other books such as the EyeWitness Guide to Japan, Japan rough guide, etc. Please help me to choose one that will be helpful for my trip. thank you.

May choose some of standard travel guide books but the web sites would be much easier and significant for latest information.

Things to know if travelling without a guide in Japan?

My family wants to go to Japan next summer, and by then my Japanese will be okay, as I would've studied for 2 years. I want to know what we'll need to know if we want to travel there, around tokyo and hokkaido. also, I know chinese as I am Cantonese so I'll be able to read Kanji.

I would appreciate any tips and help that I can get for travelling in Japan.

Thanks a lot!

I suggest to pick up a guide book and browse the different places to visit in Tokyo. Most people visit Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace, Asakusa and Shinjuku. You should do a little research and planning, I included a link.

I suggest to also study some specific language dialogue, especially for restaurants and hotels.

Where can I find the best website for travel guides to Hokkaido (Japan)?

I am from Singapore and will be planning my first trip to Japan end Nov this year, Hokkaido area, visiting Otaru, Sapporo, etc. I would like to make my first japan trip free & easy, so that is why I need all the help I want. Basically want to find out whether is there any full day trips that I can book online, and want to know more about the city itself, thank you
Is there any English speaking guides/friends who would like to bring these 3 girls around Hokkaido

There are a lot actually, but i'd like to recommend :

all helpful.

How much money should I bring to Japan for a week or two?

I'm 16 right now and have $4350 saved for the whole trip including plane tickets and hotel. My Japanese class is planning on a trip to Japan some time next year. I'm currently working two jobs at $8.00/hour and $7.50/hour part time, babysitting for $7.00 on the weekends when I can and have less than six months to bring in more cash. So, how much should I bring to Japan with me? Should the money be in Canadian dollars, US dollars, or Japanese yen? If I bring US money, where would I exchange for yen? Would it be better to bring hard cash or credit cards? I plan to do a lot of shopping…

It all depends on your tastes and how you like to travel.

If you want to be a high roller, than that should be more enough to stay in nice hotels (say $300-400 /night, and eat at great restaurants, and travel by taxi everywhere. If you plan on eating Western food (like steak or bacon & eggs), meals can be very expensive (upwards of $250, more in places like Ginza).

However, if you are planning on travelling like a normal person, $5000 for two weeks is WAY more than enough. When I lived in Japan 8 years ago, I could 'get by' on $2000 a month, and that…

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