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Flying in to Sapporo or Tokyo


Hi  :wave:

My hubby and I are planning a trip to Japan next winter. Very early stages yet but getting excited about finding out more.

We do want to try Hokkaido, but keen on seeing Tokyo as well.

Wondering how any of you guys might have planned a trip that takes in both?  Keen to hear any plans made by others and how they went.

So exciting!


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We did this

Fly into Tokyo > Nagano > back to Tokyo > Sapporo > home

It worked out well. Helped that we had 3 weeks to take our time with it and didn't feel rushed at all. Glad we fitted them both in rather than just stay in one place. We're a bit restless like that.



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Most years that we ski in Niseko (up in Hokkaido) we stop in Tokyo for a day or two to break up the trip as it can be quite long to do in one go. When you are planning your trip, keep in mind that you will fly in to either Haneda (preferable) or Narita which is further out. If you fly into Narita. unless you get your timing perfect then you will likely need to transit to Haneda to catch the domestic flight to Sapporo which takes 1.5hrs. Once in Haneda, the domestic flight takes 2hrs and then the bus trip to Niseko (if that's where you're skiing) is another 3 hrs so it can make for a long day. 

There is so much to do in Tokyo which can be accessed easily by their amazing train system. Our favs - Harajuku (for the Harajuku costumes), the fish market and we love the onsen at Odaiba.

Another option is to get a 7 day train pass and head down to Osaka or Hiroshima, both fascinating spots. 

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