December 2017, I went on a family trip to Hokkaido with Chan Brothers, it was going to be a guided tour and honestly, I didn’t have any high expectations for the tour. You know how the reviews of tour packages are. But this was by far one of the best trips I’ve ever taken because Hokkaido itself is so beautiful! No matter where you go or what you do, the scenery is simply so pretty!
I’m so sorry but I tried finding the itinerary so I could refer to it here, but I can’t find it at this moment! If I can, I’ll update this series with the itinerary link as well! But it should be something along the line of 8D6N Hokkaido Winter Wonderland?
The tour started by taking an overnight direct flight with SQ all the way to Chitose, Hokkaido! It was so comfortable because no transfer was needed. From what I know, only during a certain period in winter, the direct flights to Hokkaido are available from Singapore.
Upon touchdown, we started the tour and we went to Shiroi Koibito Park, one of the, if not the most famous Hokkaido souvenirs! The white chocolate biscuit is so famous (and delicious) and the park is also soooo pretty! I’ve seen snow before but this is just on a another level! Here you get a free white chocolate biscuit for you to munch on also you get to tour around the factory as well.
You can choose to buy your souvenirs here but since it was the first day we decided to just hang on and explore our options later on the tour.
Most of our meals were provided by Chan Brothers and I have to say, the quality of the food on this trip was good. We started with a meal that had sashimi, soup, rice and fish. But since we’re in Hokkaido, we can’t miss out on the King Crabs here right?! So we paid extra for the King Crabs, which most families did, and I was not disappointed by the freshness!! I highly recommend trying seafood in Hokkaido!
Our next stop for the day was Otaru, and I was very excited to visit this place because of the photos I’ve seen on Instagram! I myself took an Instagram shot in front of the canal, and I looked super excited lol! We also visited the Otaru music box museum/shop nearby and it was so pretty! So many different types of music boxes and it was hard, but I managed to not buy anything! Found a nice random alley to take another instagram shot and it turned out so well (see below)
No trip is complete without trying local beer, so we tried Otaru Beer, paired with fries of course!! It was such comfort food! We ended the day by going back to our hotel, which most of them are 4/5 stars, and some even with authentic Japanese room experience! Most of the lodging have onsen, so we ended early on some days so people could go back and have a rest and a dip!
That’s it for Day 1! We’ll see how many parts we can divide this trip into, the more the better right? 😉
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Have a great day and a great chuseok to all my korean friends!