Hokkaido Journals

Hokkaido, Sapporo, Otaru, Noboribetsu, Jouzantei

A November 2005 trip to Hokkaido by ariesgirl

Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Photo, Hokkaido, Japan More Photos
Quote: My first visit to Hokkaido, Sapporo, Otaru, Noboribetsu, and Jouzantei for hot springs and seafood

Hokkaido, Sapporo, Otaru, Noboribetsu, Jouzantei

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I had a nice 7 day, one person, Hokkaido journey from Friday, November 11 to Thursday the 17h—including a brief stopover in Tokyo. I mainly wanted to enjoy the seafood, a real Japanese hot spring, see interesting local crafts, and buy chocolate. I fulfilled my wishes. I didn't plan the itinerary well, but I got what I wanted. I visited Sapporo, Otaru, Noboribetsu, and Jouzankei. I tried different types of accommodations and restaurants. To see my photos, please see individual entries.Quick Tips: Do research on the Internet, or buy travel guide book beforehand. But keep an eye on the seasonal promotions leaflets around tourist information centers, rail stations, hotels, etc. I c...Read More

Toyako Manseikaku Hotel

Hotel | "Jouzankei Millione (mansaikaku)"

Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Photo, Hokkaido, Japan
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It has a pick-up shuttle bus from and to Sapporo JR station. It has both Western style room and Traditional Japanese tatami room. Modern type, 13 stories (312 rooms), by a chain-hotel group specialized in hot spring hotels, complete with hot spring common bath pools, and also rock steam sessions. A pool is semi-outdoor as it is on a balcony (no window). Breakfast and dinner are mostly buffet. Some Japanese food (sushi/rice/miso-soup) but mostly Western & Chinese cuisine, because most customers are local Japanese (or those who know how to book over the internet reading Japanese). Location is over a cliff, overseeing the river and other hot springs hotels. If it is not the snowy season, you can walk...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Toyako Manseikaku Hotel
049-5721 21 Toyako onsen
Toyako-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
0142-73-3500

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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This is a very nice hostel in residential area not too far from Commercial Street, full of restaurants on one end and the famous music-box shops on the other end (go down the slope and turn left). It has electronic toilet seats. The hostel is full of character and has thousands of books and Japanese manga (graphic novels). There is one Internet-ready computer. The owners are a Japanese couple. They also have a couple of cute little dogs. The owner teach Japanese. Book for a lesson! The rooms are a bit cold in winter but nice in spring and autumn. It's a family-run business with limited beds, so book early! It's environmentally friendly. See their website at www.otaru-morinoki.com.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Morinoki Backpacker Hostel
Aioi 4-15 Otaru Hokkaido JAPAN
Hokkaido, Japan
+81 (134) 23-2175

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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THis is a very nice hotel chain. Small, but compact and considerate. Better equipped than most rooms in Las Vegas 3-star hotels.

It has everything I need. See photo.

Free internet in lobby.

Japanese breakfast inclusive. (hand-made rice-ball, miso-soup, coffee/tea.)

Convenient location: walking distance from rail station, though not easy to find the first time I went there after dark.

Do not go late for breakfast. Self-serve style, and only while it last.

Ther is a discount during winter months (October to early May).

http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00059/.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Toyoko Inn Sapporo Station South
1-1-16,Kita 3-jo Nishi Chuou-ku
Sapporo, Japan 060-0808
+81 (11) 222-1045

Toyoko Inn Sapporo Hokudai

Hotel | "Toyoko Inn, Sapporo Station North"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Located VERY NEAR to Sapporo station. It's very convenient. Again, this is a nice hotel chain. It's compact, and has everything I need. I rate it higher than most 3-star hotel rooms in Las Vegas.

Internet computers are in the lobby. Japanese breakfast includes rice-balls, miso-soup, and coffe/tea. Do not be late for breakfast because it is self-serve.

There is a winter discount, and you will receive a welcome gift if you book over the internet. A gift pack is also offered to female customers.

For more information, look on the webpage, http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00066/.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Toyoko Inn Sapporo Hokudai
4-22-7, Kita 8-jo Nishi Kita-ku
Hokkaido, Japan
011-717-1045

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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There are lots of restaurants and snack shops along the famous Sakaimachi in Otaru. The road has many glass shops, glass workshops, music-box shops... and places to eat! There is also free food tasting in some cake shops, too. I didn't have time to visit the seafood market, but there are some seafood shops on this street. Some establishments provide an on the spot barbecued snack, made to order. I had a dish of king crab legs, grilled, and a large scallop, grilled with shells.There are many nice seafood restaurants, too, but I had too many snacks along the road, and could not eat any more. Next time, I will try the three-colour rice... there are also three types of seafood on c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Street Snack in Otaru Sakaimachi
Sakaimachi, Otaru
Hokkaido, Japan

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The group has many shops. I went to the original (hon-ten) in Sapporo. Speciality: Crabs and Seafood. Only a little walk from Susukino Underground station. There is a food model outside the front of the shop. They also have an English menu available.Once you have your shoes off, they seat you on a cushion on the tatami. It is not as expensive as the other crab restaurant nearest to the rail station. Credit cards are ok to use. The price range can go up a lot for larger sets of meals, for more people, or for seasonal whole crabs.They put a porcelain pot on tables for the shells.Reserve tables for large group. Open from 11am to 11pm. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Kani Shogun, Sapporo
Chuo Ku, ¢E064-0804, Sapporo
Hokkaido, Japan
+81 (011) 222-2588

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Take a bus from Noboribetsu JR station. Get off at Hell Valley, or Dai-Ichi Tokimotokan Hotel.This is a nice area to view the hot spring scenery, particularly in the winter when it is snowing. There was a strong smell of sulphur around the hot springs. Walk up the track for the opportunity to see more and have a look at the large hot spring lake.There are two choices of routes, one is longer and one is shorter. There are maps and directions to help you out along the way.Remember to go to the bathroom in the visitor center before embarking on the up-hill hiking. After walking back to the hotel, walk down along the road and you will find many shops selling souveni...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Noboribetsu National Country Park
Noboribetsu
Hokkaido, Japan

Sapporo Clock Tower ( Tokei Tai)

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Attraction

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The original clock tower was a school built in 1878, by pioneer Christian teachers, for the first classes of Japanese Christian students. The mechanical clock was made in the USA, by the Howard Company. Carefully moved to current location, it was renewed and strengthened with the new building by adding anti-earthquake sandwich layers.The original site was very much nearby, too.As an Important Cultural Property, it become a museum (plus shop). It is nostalgic, and made me admire the early pioneers in Hokkaido. The clock still functions, you can listen to the clock. There is a small admission fee. This is near other attractions like the TV Tower and Nijou Cra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Sapporo Clock Tower ( Tokei Tai)
North 1 West 2, Sapporo
Hokkaido, Japan

Orugoru Dou Shops and Museums

Attraction | "Orugoru Dou. Otaru"

Orugoru Dou Shops and Museums Photo, Hokkaido, Japan
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There are various shops and museum of the Orugoru Dou (music box house). Most are on the Sakaimachi street.There are thousands of music boxes in all formats, shapes, sizes and colours.There are many wooden buildings. It is a romantic place to be for men to take their girlfriends or wives... or for parents to take their kids there. Just watch out, there are many glass items on music boxes, as Otaru is famous for art craft, too. There is a steam-operated clock tower in front of the main shop. Melodies of music boxes are mostly Japanese songs, and some famous Western classic melodies. The main shop of Orgel has a workshop, allowing visitor to create their own music box....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Orugoru Dou Shops and Museums
4-1 Sumiyoshicho, Otaru-shi
Hokkaido, Japan

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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This is a nice Japanese garden that was built in 1695. It is a listed cultural treasure and is 87,809.41 square meters. It's not a stone garden, but, for a poetic feel, a green garden with lakes, ponds, steams, and greenery, with over 6,000 trees. It is near the underground Komagomu station. The new entrance is at the other side of the old entrance, though. You will walk past nice shops anyway. It is nice for Autumn red-leave seasons, but not in early November (they are not yet red. Opening 9am to 5pm, and it's 300 yen to get in. Seniors pay 150 yen. Students wearing their uniform are free of charge. A group over 20 receives 20% off. See http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/kouen/park.cgi?id=72.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2006

Rokuyi En (Six Meanings Garden)
Komagomu 6-16-3, Bunkyo Ku
Hokkaido, Japan

Sapporo Beer Garden & Beer Factory

Attraction | "Sapporo Beer Garden, Beer Factory"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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When I originally went to visit the Sapporo Beer Museum and Garden, I was thinking about the free beer tasting.http://www.sapporobeer.jp/english/guide/sapporo/Hours: 9:00a.m. - 15:40p.m.Holidays: December 29 - January 5.I took the bus there, but there was an upgrade work going on and it was closed! While the restaurants were open, and Mongolian Goat Grill buffet was available, it was too early. So I got on bus to visit the original factory at another site. That site is called The Factory. http://www.sapporo-factory.co.jpHigashi 4 Chome, Kita 2 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo A part is the old red brick building, with the black tall chimney, now used as...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Sapporo Beer Garden & Beer Factory
Kita 7-Jo Higashi 9-chome Higashi-ku, Sapporo
Hokkaido, Japan
+81 11 731 4368

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Took a Sunday JR train from Otaru to Noboribetsu. Took a bus to the hotel for a visit to the hot spring for the day—the most expensive hot spring at ¥20,000. Dai-Ichi Tokimotokan is a nice luxury hotel, next to the national park of hot springs: hell's valley. The hotel is the nearest to the source of hot spring than other hotels.After taking off my shoes and using the locker, I took my free towel. The hot spring pools common area for females was extremely large. You need to shower and wash your hair before entering. There are lots of different pools, with seven different hot springs. Each one has a label explaining the healing properties. There are two outdoor pools with nice views of the hill...Read More