Planning Your Time

You'll need at least a week to experience Hokkaido, with a day or two in Sapporo, plus an overnight stay in another nearby city. The island is sprawling, and a train or road trip across the island takes most of a day. Flying to a regional airport cuts down on unnecessary travel time. Make car and hotel reservations in advance. Check on access and weather for each destination when planning a winter trip, when road conditions can be unpredictable and treacherous.

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