It’s time for winter moment!.
We took Haruka train from Kyoto station to Kansai Airport early morning to catch domestic flight to New Chitose airport (gateway to hokkaido). Fare per person ¥3250 one-way.
Trip in January 2014 | ¥1000 = RM32
Day 1 Furano, Hokkaido | 12 January 2014
Flight Jetstar Japan departed at 9:40AM and arrived at 11:30AM. We bought a 2 routes tickets, Osaka – Hokkaido – Tokyo. Fare for 2 person, 2 routes, 2 x 20kg baggage and meals ¥28,560. Average 1 person was ¥14,280.
Take train from New Chitose Airport to Furano about 3 hours, fare per person one-way at ¥4390. Furano located in the center of Hokkaido. During winter, Furano turns into a popular downhill and cross country skiing resort.
Since we arrived late to catch the last bus from Furano Train Station to our guesthouse, we took taxi. Taxi fare for very short distance was ¥1,230.
We stayed at Pension Ressha House, the only available accommodation available during my booking. Winter season is consider a peak season here. This guesthouse is 300 meters away from the Furano Ski Area. Cost 3 nights for twin room with shared toilet was ¥19,500. It was cheap but not good place to stay during winter season. The heater not so warm but still manageable. Maybe its too cold during our visit in January.
Day 2 Biei, Hokkaido | 13 January 2014
Early morning checkout for skiing gear at nearby shop. Once everything confirmed for gear rental, we took Lavender Bus from nearest bus stop heading to Biei. Bus fare ¥620 one-way per person.
Biei is a small town located in the central part of Hokkaido. Its main industry is agriculture, and wide fields, producing for example wheat and potatoes, spread all over the town. This countryside famous with Lavender farm during spring season. Since my visit was during winter, the farm was covered with thick snow.
Lavender Bus’s last stop is Biei train station. From here, you can catch a Biei sightseeing bus to Shirogane onsen. Bus fare ¥620 one-way per person.
Here, another famous spot is Blue pond. Since, snowing heavily we didn’t go there to check out. We sightseeing around Shirahige waterfall and experienced hot spring bath in Yumoto Shirogane Onsen Hotel. Onsen in Japan is a must-do list!. The cost in this hotel was ¥1,100 each person. Small towel for bathing use is provided. I’m sorry I don’t have any photo of the hot spring area, that time my phone was out of battery. So, disappointed!.
Done hot spring bath, the snowing still heavy and the visibility was quite poor. While waiting for the bus to go back Biei Station, we had coffee at nearby local cafe. The cafe was run by a local old couple, they were so friendly and sweet. Although they can’t really talk in english, but we tried to communicate and it was fun!.
Late evening, we take last bus to biei station and catch a same bus back to Furano Town.
Day 3 Furano, Hokkaido | 14 January 2014
Today, we spent whole day for skiing in Furano Kitanomine Zone. Ski lesson by the Ski school located at Kitanomine Zone rate at ¥4800 per person for 2 hours lesson.
The day before we rented a ski gear from local shop and get a cheaper price from the Ski school. Ski gear rental for 1 day use, ¥3000 (ski set not include outerwear and pants) per person. We didn’t buy ski lift pass because we were not confident yet to ski from the slope. We kept practicing on the learning slope until we exhausted. Skiing for first timer was really exhausting and pain. I would love to come back again and the slope from top.
Don’t worry about your meal if you have to spend your whole day here. In this ski centre there’s some variety of food like western and Japanese food you can buy. Our favorite is Takoyaki Balls.
In the evening we went to New Furano Prince Hotel by bus. Catch bus in front of Hotel Naturwald Furano. Bus fare ¥170 per person. Here, you can visit Ningle Terrace and Furano Kan Kan Mura-Snow Night Fantasy. Entrance fee for Furano Kan Kan Mura is ¥300 per person.
Please remember to catch the bus back to your hotel since the last bus is at 8pm. Unless you’re staying in New Furano Prince hotel. We missed the bus so we took a taxi which costs us more.
Day 4 Furano – Sapporo | 15 January 2014
Today we ride a gondola up to the top of the Kitanomine Ski resort. Per person return ticket is ¥1800.
After lunch, we catch a bus to Sapporo city. One-way ticket per person ¥2200. Bus journey is about 3 hours to reach Sapporo Station.
We stayed at Century Royal Hotel for 1 night. This hotel located near the Sapporo Station. Once we arrived Sapporo Station, we just walked from underground tunnel straight to the hotel. The best stay in Sapporo when we were late for check in, they upgraded us to suite room. Its a 4 star hotel we got a best deal from booking.com, price for 1 night was ¥7200.
Since we arrived at night, we just do food hunting. We went 2 very famous restaurants. Highly recommended for Japanese food lover, they are Sushizanmai and Unagi Grill Bar.
Day 5 Sapporo, Hokkaido | 16 January 2014
Early morning we checkout from the hotel and leave the luggage at the concierge. Today we catch a train to Otaru. Two-way tickets per person ¥1240. Otaru is a small harbor city, about 30 minutes northwest of Sapporo by train. Its beautifully preserved canal area and interesting herring mansions make Otaru a pleasant day trip from Sapporo.
While you are in Otaru, seafood is a must-try food. They’re fresh and tasty. We tried few type of fresh seafood and costs us ¥1,200. It’s consider a snack to us, then we had lunch at chinese restaurant nearby. ordered 2 types of dishes costs us ¥1,650.
From Otaru, we went back to the hotel and fetch our luggage and catch train to New Chitose Airport. Train fare is ¥1040 one-way per person. Our Japan trip continue to Tokyo via Jetstar Japan.
Download PDF file for complete here Japan Winter Itinerary JAN 2014
- Train Airport to Furano: ¥8,780 (1-way)
- Taxi fare rides in Furano: ¥3,840
- Furano City bus for 2 days: ¥4,060
- Bus from Furano to Sapporo : ¥4,400 (1-way)
- Train Sapporo to Otaru : ¥2,480 (2-way)
- Train Sapporo to New chitose airport : ¥2,080 (1-way)
MEALS & SNACKS : ¥20,881.
- Ski lesson : ¥9,600
- Ski equipment rental : ¥6,000
- Gondola Ride : ¥3,600 (2-way)
- Hot spring (onsen) : ¥2,200
- Kan Kan mura entrance fee : ¥600
SHOPPING : ¥2,443.