Itinerary : Narita - New Chitose - Sapporo - Otaru - Hakodate - Asahikawa - Niseko - Tokyo - Manila
Again, many thanks to Cebu Pacific I was able to get a very cheap flight to Narita Airport. Spent the night at the domestic airport and retrieved my Hokkaido 3-day pass for P7,300 or 16,500 yen/147USD. Travel time was 4 hours and 10 minutes.
Day 2 - Narita to New Chitose to Sapporo to Otaru
|Susukino, Sapporo, Hokkaido|
|The Stay Sapporo|
From the Sapporo station, I boarded the subway using Nambukino subway and paid 200 hen. After 2 stops, I reached Susukino and walked for 10 minutes before I reached the Stay Sapporo. There are now two of tbem in Susukino so be mindful where you are staying. I paid 14,700 yen or P7,350 for a 4-night stay. It's my second time here. The last time was March 2017.
I roamed around Otaru although the weather was -6 and it was snowing.
Finally, I reached my destination. I went to the local tourist information (all stops have one in Japan) and asked for places I could visit.
I was about to buy this huge crab from Alaska (15,000 yen), problem was I was suppose to wait for an hour for it to be cooked. One hour! I have only 3 hours to spare in Hakodate. Bye crab! See you when I eat you!
Parting with th huge crab, my second choice was to eat clams and oysters and tbey were SUPERP and expensive. One piece is worth 800 yen and I ate 4 pieces.
I strolled around Hakodate and got lost. I was saved by the tram just in time to board the train back to Sapporo.
Day 4 - Sapporo to Asahikawa
There was only one destination and thaw was to visit the Asahiyama zoo in Asahikawa. Again, the JR Pass. I was suppose to pay 9,600 yen for a round trip ticket. Thanks to JR Pass! Travel time was 1.5 using the train and 40 minutes using the local bus. Fare in the bus was 440 yen.
The main attraction was the Penguin walk and I did not mind paying 1,200 yen for this once in a lifetime experience.
The following morning I woke up early and was ready to go to the airport. I remembered sending an email to my hostel in Tokyo and I asked for directions. So, I opened my email and to my surprise, I saw my Jetstar flight cancellation due to weather. I decided to go to Sapporo station and use the Shinkansen from Sapporo to Hakodate and the Hakodate to Tokyo.
I did not buy the JR Pass (P15,000) since I will be staying only in Hokkaido and instead I bought the Hokkaido Pass for P7,500 online. Arriving at Sapporo JR station, I bought the Shinkansen ride for P13,500 and boarded the first available ride. Unfortunately, arriving in Hakodate, the bullet train was late due to an accident in Tokyo.
Good thing I was able to catch the connection in Hakodate just barely 5 minutes before it departed. I had plans of buying souvenirs, gadgets and stuff in Tokyo since I will be arriving 2pm. But unfortunately, I arrived at my hostel past 9pm due to the 2 hour Shinkansen delay.
I did not have time to roam around and instead stayed at the hostel. I stayed at 1 Night 1980 Hostel Tokyo Asakusa Simple Stay. I paid 2,900 yen and it was a great stay. The capsule room was excellent and the staff was very accommodating.
Day 7 - Tokyo to Manila to Batangas
Good thing Cebu Pac flight back to Manila was on time and I arrived 8pm in Batangas just in time to be part of the New Year celebration.