Wakkanai is located at the northernmost place of not only Hokkaido but also Japan. Honestly it is not very accesible place and I have never been there yet. But this area has been in my bucket for a long time. This farther place has been attracting me.
This time, I would like to show you the 3-day trip plan. Actually this is a part of my future trip plan. This plan covers these following spots in the very isolcated area of northern Hokkaido:
✔ Wakkanai (the northern most city in Japan) ✔ Cape Soya (the nothern most place in Japan) ✔ Cape Noshappu ✔ Rishiri island ✔ Rebun island
I will show you 2-day trip plan of Sapporo and Otaru. But this trip plan consists of Sapporo day trip plan and Otaru day trip plan from Sapporo. You may use one of these two days.
This 2-day trip plan covers these following highlights in Sapporo and Otaru:
☑Odori Park ☑Clock Tower ☑Former Hokkaido Government Office ☑Shiroi Koibito Park ☑Hokkaido Jingu Shrine ☑Nijo Market ☑Moiwayama (Mt. Moiwa) ☑Kitakaro ☑Otaru Canal ☑Kitaichi Glass ☑Funamizaka ☑Sankaku Market ☑Sakaimachi Street ☑Orgel Doh
If you use JR Pass or Hokkaido Rail Pass, you may use it for the round trip to Otaru. But the one way fare for Otaru is 750 yen. In Sapporo, you will make the trips by a tram, a subway and a bus. But these are not covered by both JR Pass and Hokkaido Rail Pass. These pass are not essential for this 2-day trip.
I will show you how to make one way trip from Narita to Kansai airport with the sightseeings in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka for less than 10,000 yen. You may not be able to imagine the value of 10,000 yen. I coverted 10,000 yen into the following currencies. (as of April 20th, 2020)
I just focused on the cost for the modes of transpotation for a budget traveler.
This sample itinerary includes the following:
☑Narita airport to Tokyo station by a bus ☑48 hours Tokyo subway pass ☑Tokyo to Kyoto overnight bus ☑Train fares for the sightseeing in Kyoto and Kyoto to Namba ☑Osaka subway pass ☑Train fare for Namba to Kansai airport
It does not include the accommodations, the meals and the admission fees. But I will tell you the attractions which you can enter without an admission. I also give you the tips for the cheap hotels and the foods. You will find a rough total cost of the trip.
This 2-day trip plan is designed for viewing Kawazu cherry blossom from mid February to early March. And Hakone and some more places in Izu are combined with Kawazu in 2 days.
This trip plan includes these following places:
✔ Hakone (1 hour walking in Owakudani, Open Air Museum, Pirates Ship lake cruise, Hakone shrine) ✔ 30 minutes walking in Jogasaki Kaigan ✔ Ride on Izukyu Railway sightseeing train “Resort 21” ✔ Kawazu cherry blossom festival day time and evening light-up ✔ Visit the town of Shimoda
You can enjoy both mountain and ocean sceneries.
Most train rides are covered by JR Pass or JR East Pass Nagano Niigata, JR East Pass Tohoku, JR East-South Hokkaido Rail pass and Tokyo Wide Pass. But you cannot get your money worth by this 2-day trip. You may use this sample as the part of your trip.
This 2-day trip plan covers these following highlights in Tottori, norther Hyogo and northern Kyoto prefectures in just 2 days:
☑The Tottori Sand Dune ☑Overnight in Kinosaki Onsen ☑Biking on Amanohashidate ☑Bird-eye view of Amanohashidate from Kasamatsu Park ☑Cruise in Ine ☑Cruise in Amanohashidate
If you use JR Pass, you have to add some fares to take trains. If you use Kansai Wide Area Pass, all train trips are covered. I will explain you other deals which you have to add on JR Pass or Kansai Wide Area Pass. I will also tell you about the coverage of other deals.
I will show you how to visit two popular flower parks in 12 hours from Tokyo.
☑2 hours in Ashikaga Flower Park ☑2 hours in Hitachi Seaside Park
This is such a busy trip. But if you want to visit both but you have only one day, this trip plan will fit in your trip plan.
All train trips are covered by JR Pass, JR East Pass Tohoku, JR East Pass Nagano Niigata, Tokyo Wide Pass and JR-East South Hokkaido Rail Pass. You have to add bus fares for visiting Hitachi Seaside Park only.
Uehommachi and Tanimachi 9-chome (Tanimachi Kyuchome) are same location. Osaka Metro station name is Tanimachi 9-chome and Kintetsu Railway station name is Osaka-Uehommachi. This area is a few stations away from Namba and Tennoji. This is a convenient location to stay and there are some hotels in this area.
In this post, I show you several ways to get Uehommachi and Tanimachi 9-chome area. You can find the best route which is most suitable for you.
Odaiba is one of most popular tourist places in Tokyo. There are lots of entertainment and shopping complex in Tokyo Bay harbour area.
In this post, I will show you how to access to Odaiba from major stations in Tokyo. Let me tell you in adcance, JR Pass does not cover the access to Odaiba fully. But you can find how much you can use it in this post If you use JR East Pass, Hokuriku Arch Pass, JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, you can use same way.
The limited express Kawasemi Yamasemi runs between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi. This train is also known as one of JR Kyushu’s sightseeing trains. It runs along Kumagawa river and it is very scenic. Kawasemi Yamasemi are the name of birds. Kawasemi is a common kingfisher and Yamasemi is a crested kingfishter.
I would like to explain about this train in this post.
Winter is cold in Japan but it is still very popular season. Especially northern and mountain areas, such as Hokkaido, Shirakawago, Echigo-Yuzawa are very popular for Asian tourist to see the snow. And New Year’s holidays from late December to Early January is the busiest season in Japan. This is very challenging to book a seat in New Year’s holidays period. Early February is busy season in Hokkaido because of Sapporo winter festival. And also many Asian tourist come over Japan in Chinese New Years period.
In this post, I show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots from December 2019 to February 2020.
I usually recommend you use the 7-day JR Pass if you make a round trip between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka because the round trip fare for Tokyo to/from Shin-Osaka is almost the same as the 7-day JR Pass price. But the JR Pass is available for the short term stay tourist only. The residents cannot buy it.
But a new deal “Flex Rail Ticket” has been introduced by JR Tokai Tours. This is available for the residents too. If you are not Japanese but live in Japan as a resident, you can buy this.
I would like to explain to you this new deal “Flex Rail Ticket” in this post.
Itami is one of two airports in Osaka. This airport is a domestic flight airport. If you arrive in Osaka by the international flight, you will be Kansai airport. Please find the information in the post below:
If you take a domestic flight to get Osaka, your flight may arrive in this airport, Itami. But some domestic flight arrive in Kansai too. Please make sure which airport you will arrive in Osaka.
In this post, I will tell you about the terminal building of Itami airport and the access to/from downtown Osaka.
I visited Edo Wonderland in Kinugawa Onsen in March, 2019. I visited there with my family member who are from Canada. Some of them do not understand Japanese at all. I also took a few children from 7 years old to 10 years old. In this post, I would like to tell the story from the point of the view of the traveler with the foreign tourist and young children.