"The Land of Flowers" Top 5 Page for this destination Hokkaido by kielorla

Hokkaido Travel Guide: 648 reviews and 1,857 photos

Rainbow land

Hokkaido is a very beautiful place, it is the most northern island of Japan. Hokkaido produces the best chocolate in Japan as they have the finest milk in the country. The best honeydew melon, potatoes and also sweet corn in Japan. They also have the freshest seafood.

Summer in Hokkaido is not very hot, it has the best climate in Japan. The temperature range from 25 to 28 degree C. Therefore during summer holiday, alot of japanese from the other parts of Japan will be flocking to Hokkaido for flower seeing and also tour there.

Apart from all the nice things found in Hokkaido, there are also alot of disadvantage especially for foreign travellers like us. Backpacking or Free and Easy tour in Hokkaido are almost impossible for foreign travellers. I found out from my tour guide that in Hokkaido, they only target the japanese travellers and not people from other country. And it is true, as when i am there, i felt that i am illiterate, they dont speak english, all the road signs are in Japanese and all the menu are all in Japanese. We communicate through gesture and pictures pointing.

And also i tried to get some town maps or Hokkaido maps but they all in Japanese. The transport infrastructure is also not as good as in the main island like Toyko and Osaka. As Hokkaido is an island by its own, the only way to reach there is by internal flight or JAL. And travelling in Hokkaido using the train to get from one place to another is also not very friendly. And there are places like lavander farm or skiing resort are also not accessiable using train. Renting a car and drive around is the only solution but only workable if you understand japanese and is able to read in Japanese. Another thing in Hokkaido is that things are very very expensive, if you think that Toyko is a very expensive city, well Hokkaido is much more expensive so be prepared to spend more if you planned to travel there.

Therefore, you must be thinking, how i got there and managed to travel around, well i signed up for the package tour in my country. Oh ya, forget to tell you all 1 stupid mistake i have made while i am there, i brought along my digital camera and also the adpater to charge my battery, but i actually forgot to bring my charger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost killed myself for such a stupid mistake. Therefore i survived on my friend's opitcal camera. Thus i apologised if some of the photos in the tips are blurred or not clear, as some of those are scanned using my old scanner.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice weather, beautiful flowers and fresh seafood.
  • Cons:Very Very expensive and also English unfriendly
  • In a nutshell:A very beautiful place for travel in all 4 seasons
  • Last visit to Hokkaido: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 27, 2004
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  • y_lyn's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2007 at 1:22 AM

    Nice intro photo! Hokkaido is a lovely but expensive place to go... Which agency did you book this tour with?

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    The Otaru waters look so peaceful.

  • funnybeee's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2005 at 5:09 AM

    Hello Kielorla! How was your interview? Hope everything went allright... Cool Hokkaido Pages... If you ever come to the Nethelands, come to the Keukenhof. Check out their website: www.keukenhof.nl and click on the english version...

  • CliffClaven's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2005 at 8:49 AM

    Good page - did you get as far north as Wakkanai?

  • Nov 17, 2004 at 10:26 PM

    helo !! love ur pix !! especially the lavender fields !! hokkaido is one of THE places on my list. keep the pix coming in !! :)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2004 at 6:31 AM

    fantastic page, makes me want to go!

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2004 at 3:12 AM

    Really glad that you enjoyed your trip to Hakkaido ! How time flies ..... you told me you were going there during our last Singapore VT meeting :)

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2004 at 10:41 PM

    Caroline, your pages are lovely. and loved the yukata tips (I wore mine the wrong way! but not dead yet!) :-)

  • Sep 10, 2004 at 12:57 AM

    Wow!! what a beautiful place with lots of beautiful flowers u hav gone! 10Q for sharing these beautiful pics and i'm juz too touched by the beauty and I wanted to shout.. I missJapan.. so much!!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2004 at 6:28 AM

    flowers en masse are natures bounty ;-)))

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