Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Has it been 3 years already?

The last time I posted (Dec 2013), we were heading to Hokkaido for the 4th time (3rd Winter vacation there).
We had gone to Hokkaido, skiied at Niseko, drove to Otaru and enjoyed the wonderful Christmasy feeling there, and then headed into Sapporo for the usual food and minor entertainment.

After that, we have travelled, but as it was not to Hokkaido, I felt compelled to leave the blog the way it was, as my tribute to our favourite Vacation Destination.


As a quick update, these are the places I have been since Dec 2013.

Feb 2014 - Hong Kong (business trip)
June 2014 - Australia: Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley
Dec 2014 - Tokyo, Kawaguchi, Hakone
2015 (we did not travel that year... as Daniel was having his PSLE)
Jan 2016 - Hong Kong (short vacation)
June 2016 - Tokyo (with Randal and his family too)

And now in Dec 2016, we are heading to Hong Kong for 10 days of fun, food and SHOPPING!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hokkaido Winter Vacation - 2013

And off we go again...


Day 0 
Dec 16
19:30 - Leave for the Airport
22:15 - Flight to Haneda
Day 1
Dec 17
8:00 - Flight to Chitose
10:00 - RERA - shopping & lunch
12:30 - Bus to Niseko
15:30 - Check-in @ Niseko Hilton
16:30 - Ski
19:00 - Dinner
21:00 - Onsen
22:00 - Rest
Day 2
Dec 18
8:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Ski
12:30 - Lunch
13:30 - Ski
19:00 - Dinner
21:00 - Onsen
22:00 - Rest
Day 3
Dec 19
8:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Ski
12:30 - Lunch
13:30 - Ski
19:00 - Dinner
21:00 - Onsen
22:00 - Rest
Day 4
Dec 20
8:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Checkout - pickup Rental Car
10:30-12:30 - Drive to Otaru
12:30 - Lunch
14:30 - Checkin at Hotel
15:30 - Sightseeing in Otaru
18:30 - Dinner
19:30 - Sightseeing in Otaru
21:00 - Onsen
22:00 - Rest
Day 5
Dec 21
8:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Checkout -
10:30-11:30 - Drive to Ishiya Factory
12:30 - Lunch
15:30 - Checkin at Hotel
16:30 - Sightseeing in Sapporo
18:30 - Dinner
19:30 - Sightseeing in Sapporo
22:00 - Rest
Day 6
Dec 22
8:00 - Breakfast
9:30 - Sightseeing in Sapporo
12:30 - Lunch
16:30 - Sightseeing in Sapporo
18:30 - Dinner
19:30 - Sightseeing in Sapporo
22:00 - Rest

Day 7
Dec 23
8:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Checkout - leave luggage at hotel concierge
10:30 - Sightseeing in Sapporo
12:30 - Lunch
13:30 - Sightseeing in Sapporo
16:00 - Collect luggage and wait for transport
17:30 - Check in at Airport
20:30 - Flight - Chitose to Haneda
23:30 - Flight - Haneda to Singapore
Day 8
Dec 24
06:30 - back in Singapore
07:30 - Home Sweet Home

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kamiyubetsu

we are heading back to Hokkaido in June, and this is the live shot of the Tulip Farm in North Hokkaido, our Day 4 Destination.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2 weeks to go

We're heading back to hokkaido in 2 weeks time and to keep watch over the weather:
Niseko Webcams
Hokkaido Webcams

The itinerary for this trip will be as follows:


Day 1
  • Start from Chitose after a redeye flight.
  • Quick pit stop at RERA for last minute Winter Essentials
  • Head to Sapporo via JR Hokkaido Express Train
  • Check-in to Mecure Hotel
  • Head to Odori area for shopping and tea
  • More Shopping around JR Sapporo Station and Dinner
  • Back to Odori for Night Illumination


Day 2
  • Winter Sightseeing around Town (Govt Building, Gardens, ...)


Day 3
  • Pick up Rental car and checkout of Mecure
  • Head to Shiroi Kobito/Ishiya Chocolate Factory
  • Look for Chateraise near Otaru
  • General Sightseeing around Otaru and Otaru Canal area
  • Check-in to Grand Park Otaru
  • Back to Canal Area for sightseeing and shopping


Day 4
  • Checkout and head down to Hakodate
  • Checkin to Hotel Chocolat
  • Visit Mount Hakodate and Vincinity
  • Hakodate Christmas Tree and Warehouse district


Day 5
  • Visit Hakodate Market/Breakfast
  • Checkout and head to Kutchan/Niseko Area
  • Checkin to Kimamaya
  • Sightseeing around Hirafu/Niseko or Skiing if possible
  • Dinner at The Barn


Day 6
  • After Breakfast, checkout and sightsee around the area (Milk Kobo/Kutchan...)
  • After Lunch, check-in to Hilton Niseko
  • Skiing if possible
  • Onsen
  • Dinner


Day 7
  • Breakfast
  • Skiing / Snow activities
  • Lunch
  • Skiing / Snow activities
  • Dinner

Day 8
  • Breakfast and then checkout
  • Sightseeing around the area
  • Head to Lake Toya / Noboribetsu area
  • Lunch
  • RERA?
  • Return Rental Car
  • Flight back to Singapore

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Niseko Lodge (Hirafu)


Webcams and Weather Reports


Annupuri Village


Niseko Village Webcam 1


Niseko Village Webcam 2


Niseko Village Webcam 3


Annupuri Top


King Lift (Hirafu)


Ace Family Run
Japan Weather Map