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Only 2 days in Hokkaido 2007/9/20 13:42
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Dear all,

If I can only spend two days in Hokkaido (Middle Oct), where should I visit?

Thanks a lot
by Joseph  

Flying in or taking the train? 2007/9/21 06:54
If you're flying into Sapporo, just check out Sapporo for a day and Otaru for a day. If you're taking the train in, just stop in Hakodate for two days. Otaru has some historical stuff out in Shukutsu as well as a lot of Meiji period buildings and museums down by the waterfront.
Hakodate has good seafood, an interesting market area, a foreign settlement, the site of the last battle of the Meiji Restoration (Goryokaku), and a night view over the city from the old volcano to the south.
Sapporo has good views from Mt. Moiwa and a better night life than either in Susukino, so it depends on what interests you. 2 days isn't much time for the whole island.
by Anaguma rate this post as useful

... 2007/9/21 13:48
I second Anaguma's suggestions. Here are more details on all the mentioned places and more:
http://www.japan-guide.com/list/e1101.html
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Thanks Anaguma and Uji 2007/9/21 16:19
I am thinking take the train there from Tokyo(hopefully I will see some interesting things along the way, will I?) and take the flight back. I totally agree with you that two days are too little time. But this is the first time I will visit Japan (two weeks) and I want to get a flavor for everywhere first (e.g., Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Nara, kyoto...), is this a good idea or I should concentrate on one area?

Thanks again
by Joseph rate this post as useful

Train from where? 2007/9/26 05:26
It takes about 10 hours for Shinkansen and Express from Tokyo to Sapporo, but only 6 hours and 15 minutes to Hakodate. If you want to save time, you might take a sleeper train such as the Cassiopeia or Hokutosei. The Cassiopeia costs an extra Y19,000 with a JR Pass and the Hokutosei costs an extra Y12,000, plus express fees.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2356.html

If you plan to use a JR Pass to see all of Japan, why not fly into Sapporo. You can usually add it to your international ticket for an extra $50 US. You can then make your way southward without any backtracking, end up in Kyushu, and fly back to Narita from Fukuoka. It would be an "open jaw ticket going
Home-NRT-CTS
JR Pass to Kyushu
FUK-NRT-Home

Here's an itinerary that sort of does the whole country. You can add variations.
http://www.uwplatt.edu/geography/japan/itinerary.html
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