Tag: Hokkaido

Ki Niseko Review (Ski-in Ski-out Hotel)

Ki Niseko Review (Ski-in Ski-out Hotel)

With day plans to ski or snowboard on Niseko’s powdery snow, it’s vital to find a place to rest those tired muscles on a comfortable bed. Better still, soak them in an onsen. Before you search for that perfect accommodation, make your planning easier by reading where 

Where to Stay in Niseko?

Where to Stay in Niseko?

Niseko is a town located in Hokkaido, Japan. Famous for its ski resorts in Japan, there are endless light powder snow, spectacular backdrop, long ski runs, trail skis and many after-ski activities. I assume you already have plans to ski or snowboard on Niseko’s powdery 

Review: Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu (Noboribetsu)

Review: Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu (Noboribetsu)

About Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu A main reason why we chose Noboribetsu Onsen Town over Toyako with Lake Toya is because we wanted to stay in a ryokan. So, we ended up at Takinoya Bekkan Tamanoyu (滝乃家別館 玉乃湯) at Noboribetsu. Read the previous post for the decision process and 

Noboribetsu in Winter (Hokkaido)

Noboribetsu in Winter (Hokkaido)

Toyako (Lake Toya) or Noboribetsu in Winter? We wanted to enjoy Hokkaido’s natural hot spring (“Onsen”) and was deciding between two Onsen towns: Toyako and Noboribetsu in winter. They are near to each other, but it’s hard to travel between the two places unless you have a 

Winter Experience of JR Train in Hokkaido (Part 2)

Winter Experience of JR Train in Hokkaido (Part 2)

Continuing from Part 1 with useful information of transportation in Hokkaido, I was contemplating whether to write about our experience. I decided to go ahead because I know it will prep you better for whatever that might happen while travelling on the JR Train in Hokkaido during winter.I 

Transportation In Hokkaido (Part 1)

Transportation In Hokkaido (Part 1)

I think it really pays off to research about the transportation in Hokkaido, Tokyo, or Japan for that matter, before you fly over. It will save you time and money, and you will less likely be overwhelmed and be lost in the complex transportation system. A Singaporean friend living in Tokyo for a few 

Tomamu Ice Village (Hokkaido, Japan)

Tomamu Ice Village (Hokkaido, Japan)

We detoured to Tomamu from the route of ‘Sapporo – Noboribetsu – Niseko’. This detour costs us about an additional S$100+/pax! So what’s the big deal at Tomamu? I wanted to visit Tomamu ICE VILLAGE! If after reading this post, you decided to try something novel, here’s useful travel and 

Tomamu Resort Tower (Hokkaido, Japan)

Tomamu Resort Tower (Hokkaido, Japan)

We detoured to Tomamu from the route of ‘Sapporo – Noboribetsu – Niseko’. This detour costs us about an additional S$100+/pax! So what’s the big deal at Tomamu? I wanted to visit the ICE VILLAGE! Read about our ice village experience. First up, if you are planning to go Tomamu, 

Sapporo in 2 Days – Suggested Itinerary (Hokkaido, Japan)

Sapporo in 2 Days – Suggested Itinerary (Hokkaido, Japan)

There are so many beautiful places to visit in Hokkaido! If it’s your first time in Hokkaido, my guess is that you will be transiting in Sapporo for 1 or 2 days. If that’s the case, you are like us! Here’s how we travelled Sapporo in 2 

Shiroi Koibito Park in Winter (Hokkaido, Japan)

Shiroi Koibito Park in Winter (Hokkaido, Japan)

Have you eaten the cookies Bai Se Lian Ren (白い恋人)? Its Japanese name, Shiroi Koibito, literally meant white beloved ones. There was a time when almost everyone who went Japan would buy this back to Singapore as a souvenir. It’s delicious and I usually could not stop at one piece. 

Fly from Tokyo to Hokkaido

Fly from Tokyo to Hokkaido

The reason for our Japan trip was to ski in Niseko, Hokkaido! We could have bought the return air tickets from Singapore to Hokkaido. However, it turns out that the “direct” flight from Singapore to Hokkaido is not that direct. We will still need to 

Hokkaido Shinkansen: Travel from Tokyo to Hokkaido

Hokkaido Shinkansen: Travel from Tokyo to Hokkaido

When we were in Japan end-Feb, early-Mar, Hokkaido Shinkansen (Bullet Train) has not opened. But we did see a huge countdown clock at JR Sapporo for the Shinkansen’s opening on 26 March 2016. It sounded like a big deal! Of course, Hokkaido Shinkansen is only