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[Seasonal] 10 Cool Activities In Japan For Your Winter Holiday

Winter wonderland in Japan

Japan is beautiful through the seasons, but it absolutely transforms in Winter – think expansive snowscapes filled with frozen lakes and snow-capped trees. Ice festivals are held all over the island, and it’s the only time of the year when you can try your hand at activities like ice fishing!

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Stuff Your Face With Japan’s LARGEST Ice Cream at Yukijirushi Parlor In Hokkaido

We all scream for Hokkaido ice cream

They always say bigger is better right? We definitely agree when it comes to ice cream! Sink your teeth into Japan’s LARGEST ice cream sundae and load up on that sugar high. The Yukijirushi Parlor (Snow Brand Parlor), run by one of the largest dairy companies in Japan and is surely worth the visit.  Read on to find out what to expect at this ice cream paradise!

Dream Jumbo Parfait

Dream jumbo parfait
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The Dream Jumbo Parfait is one of the most iconic eats of the Yukijirushi Parlor. It’s foundation of agar agar (jelly) and fruits coupled with the layers of Baumukuchen (cake) is already enough to leave you filled to the brim. But of course, the star of the parfait is the 45 scoops of ice cream all around! Are you intimidated by this humongous ice cream parfait yet?

Grab your glutton friends and challenge yourselves to finish this parfait. Do note that this parfait has to be pre-ordered as it takes about 2 hours to prepare! This is still the largest Ice Cream in Japan till today and only Angela Sato the Oogui Big Eater has managed to complete the challenge.

P.S. Klook will not be held responsible for any sugar rush or weight gain.

Price : JPY12,600

I am NO.1

i am no 1 ice cream
For the rest of us with smaller appetites and less daring guts, the I am No.1 parfait is perfect for sharing! At a third of the size of the Dream Jumbo, this 15 scoops of ice cream is just the right amount for you to try the different flavors! Topped with fresh cream made from Hokkaido milk, fruits, cereal, biscuits and strawberry sauce, it’s heaven in a bowl!

Price : JPY4760

3. Snow Royal Special

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Don’t look down on this plain vanilla cone! Deemed fit for royalty, this Snow Royal Special soft serve was made specially for Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kojun on their anniversary visit in 1968. Made solely from pure Hokkaido milk, this dense milky vanilla soft serve will surely leave you wanting more and more.

snow royal ice cream
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Even if you can’t squeeze in the time to visit the Yukijirushi Parlor, you can pick up a tub of the soft serve at the Shin-Chitose Airport! They come packed with 8 hour ice packs so you can have them on your way home.

Klook Fun Fact : Eggs are omitted to achieve a bright white color to resemble the snow in Hokkaido!

Price: JPY770

4. Cream Anmitsu

cream amnitsu

If you’re looking to try a traditional Japanese dessert, sink your teeth into the Cream Anmitsu! This comes with a single scoop of ice cream – we recommend getting the matcha , chewy glutinous rice balls, red Azuki sauce (red bean), plum jelly and chestnuts.

Price: JPY1030

Yukijirushi Parlor

yukijirushi parlor

Address : Sun life Sapporo Building 1F, Kita 2 Nishi 3-1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido,060-0002
Opening Hours : Monday -Sunday 10:00 – 21:00

Getting there:

By JR train: Alight at the JR Hakodate Main Line Sapporo Station, look for the South exit and Yukijirushi is a 3-minute walk away.

By Subway: Take the Sapporo municipal subway Namboku Line and alight at the Sapporo Station. Come out at exit 9 and your ice cream is a 3-minute walk away!

Hokkaido Essentials

hokkaido jr pass

You’ll definitely need these essentials for your trip to Hokkaido. Travel around Hokkaido hassle-free with your Hokkaido JR Pass! Be sure to check out the Klook guide to conquering Hokkaido with the JR Pass to fully maximize your trip. You’ll also be needing a 4G WiFi device for showing off your bragging rights after completing the giant ice cream challenge.

Eat The Best Of Hokkaido With Your Hokkaido JR Pass and Kitaca Card

Must eats in Hokkaido

There are many very delicious reasons why Hokkaido is coined the culinary capital of Japan. Giant snow crab legs, never ending bowls of ramen and Japanese curry are just some of those reasons. The Klook team tried out some of Hokkaido’s best and most yummy eats so read on to find out where to find these gastronomic paradises and how to use your JR pass or Kitaca card to get there!

Sapporo

1. Sapporo beer garden

Sapporo beer garden
You can’t say you’ve been to Sapporo without chugging a mug of Sapporo beer and there’s no better place for that than the Sapporo beer garden! Located at the iconic Kaitakushi-san building, this nostalgic building is home to Hokkaido’s speciality dish, the Genghis Khan.

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Sink your teeth into perfectly grilled lamb bursting with notes of apple and lemon. This dish is of course best paired with a glass or two of draft Sapporo beer! Apart from the grilled lamb, you surely can’t miss the sweet flesh of those Hokkaido crab legs.

sapporo beer buffet
If you’re looking for a feast, be sure to Klook yourself the Genghis Khan buffet! It comes with FREE FLOW Genghis Khan lamb, red king crab, snow crab, sushi, 6 types of draft beer, wine, whiskey and non alcoholic drinks. We can’t think of a more perfect night out in Hokkaido.

Klook me to the Sapporo Beer Garden

Address: 9-2-10 Kita 7 Johigashi, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Buffet schedule: 5:00pm-7:50pm (last entry at 7:50pm) daily

From the JR Sapporo station, its a 7 minute taxi ride away. If you’re not looking to spend a bomb on transport, be sure to Klook your Hokkaido JR pass for cheap and convenient travels!

Otherwise, from Sapporo station bus stop no.2, you can also take the Sapporo Beer Garden Ario shuttle bus Line 188 using your Kitaca card.

2. Sapporo Central Wholesale Market

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If you’re looking for the freshest seafood in Hokkaido, you’ll find it at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market! While we know you won’t be there shopping for groceries, you can still enjoy the freshest sashimi-topped rice, crab legs and sushi at the market.

hokkaido shrine
Better yet, kickstart your morning with the Sapporo morning bus tour and discover some of Sapporo’s oldest and most charming sights. The Hokkaido Shrine, one of the most sacred places of the entire island is a one of the best photo spots in the city.

shiroi kobito factory
The famous confectionary park – the Shiroi Koibito Park is definitely one for those with a sweet tooth! Make your own version of the white chocolate sweet treat and decorate it however you like, making it the perfect souvenir to take home.

You’ll also get 1 hour at the Sapporo Central Market to feast on all that seafood!

Klook your morning bus tour and meet your friendly local guide at JR Sapporo station and let him show you the best of Sapporo in a morning!

Klook me to the Sapporo Morning Bus Tour!

3. Ramen alley

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Ramen lovers rejoice! You’re in for a treat at Sapporo’s Ramen Yokocho (Alley), the birth place of Miso Ramen. With 17 different ramen places each tasting better than the next, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

In the cold winter, this is probably the best dish you could ask for. If the combination of hot savoury broth, springy noodles topped with roasted pork and a dollop of butter and corn doesn’t entice you we don’t know what will.

You’ll need your Hokkaido JR pass to get to Sapporo station and from there hop onto a subway ride to Susukino Station using your Kitaca card.

Address: 3 Chome-8 Minami 5 Jōnishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 064-0805, Japan
Opening hours: 1130am to 3am daily

4. Nishitondendori Soup curry

nishitondendori soup curry
Hokkaido is known to be the birthplace of soup curry, one of Japan’s most underrated dishes. Do not look down on this humble bowl of comfort soup because it certainly packs a punch! We tried the Nishitondendori Soup Curry Honpo, considered to be one of Sapporo’s best. With customizable spice levels and thickness of broth, there’s a bowl of soup for everyone.

The top 3 toppings for your soup are pork cubes, cheese stuffed hamburger steaks or chicken legs! To get there, use your Kitaca card and hop onto the Sapporo Shiden and it’s just 5 stops away from Sapporo station!

Address: 13 Chome-4-5 Minami 8 Jonishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0808, Japan
Opening hours: 11am to 12am daily

5. Daihachi Matsuda Izayaka

daihachi matsuda
Run by a former fisherman, this Izakaya spot Daihachi Matsuda is extremely popular amongst local celebrities and athletes. Fans of Japanese celebrities, you might find some familiar signatures on the walls.

daihachi matsuda
One of the most popular fishes is the Ezo mae Kaisen Bukkae-meshi! This dish of sushi rice, fresh crab meat and salmon roe might look simple but it definitely bursts with flavor. The staff scoop 6 scoops of salmon roe to fill the dish and will shout “Seiya” which means “Let’s go!” with each scoop.

daihachi matsuda
Home to the biggest and freshest mackerels, it’s no surprise that grilled mackerel is a local favorite! Served with grated that takes away the grease, this bigger than your face mackerel might look underwhelming but it sure packs a lot of flavor.

From Sapporo station, this Izakaya spot is a 10 minute bus ride away. If you’ve gotten a Hokkaido JR Pass, bus 53 is covered by the JR pass, sparing you the hassle of purchasing single trip tickets.

Address: Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm-11:30pm
Opening hours: 6pm to 1am daily, closed on Sundays

6. Cairn Annex Steak House

cairns annex steak
You can’t miss the melt in your mouth buttery goodness of Wagyu beef when in Japan. At the Cairn Annex Steak House, reward your tastebuds with the prized Kuroge Wagyu Beef, a top quality cut of meat with rich flavors and amazing aroma! Watch the chef prepare your meat right in front of you, Teppanyaki style.

Klook yourselves a Waygu set meal which comes with various appetizers, side dishes, the famed steak and of course dessert! All the foodies out there, you definitely won’t want to miss this.

Klook me to the Cairn Annex Steak House

From Sapporo station, hop onto the Namboku line with your Kitaca card and alight at Susukino station. Your steak is a 2 minute walk away!

Address: 5-1 Nishi, Minami 4 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm-11:30pm

7. Hanayuzen

hanayuzen
Treat yourselves to an authentic kaiseki meal – a traditional Japanese full course meal. Sample the best of Japanese cuisine in 1 sitting with courses like butter grilled scallops, steamed shabu shabu, snow crab and even sea urchin!This gastronomic feast made from Hokkaido’s freshest ingredients will definitely leave you extremely satisfied.

Klook your Hanayuzen course meal and enjoy a this 9 course meal at a steal! Located just 3 stops away from Sapporo station on the Namboku line get ready to feast!

Klook me to Hanayuzen

Address: B1F Jasmac Plaza Hotel, 3, Minami 7(shichi)-Jonishi, Sapporo-sh
Opening hours: 5:00pm-11:00pm, daily

8. Guenpin Fugu

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We all know Japan is notorious for exotic eats, and Hokkaido is no stranger to that. Try the poisonous Pufferfish – Fugu and Japan’s top pufferfish chain, Guenpin Fugu! If prepared wrongly, this dish could be your last. No fret, the highly skilled staff at Guenpin Fugu will ensure that their pufferfish dishes are top notch, whether its sashimi, deep fried or hotpot, you’re in safe hands.

Klook your Guenpin Fugu set for a hassle free reservation! Guenpin Fugu is a 2 minute walk away from Hosuisusukino Station on the Tohosen line!

Klook me to Guenpin Fugu

Address: Okura Bldg.1F, 2-1, Minami-jyounishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours: 4:00pm-11:00pm (last order: 10:30pm) daily

Chitose

9. Sakurjima Ramen

sakurjima ramen
Located in the Rera Chitose Outlet mall just 15 minutes away from the airport, if you’re looking for a hearty bowl of ramen whilst shopping, this is your best bet! The Sakurjima ramen store stands out because of it’s melt in your mouth kakuni – braised fatty pork. If you’re a char siu lover, you cannot miss this!

To get there, take the JR line with your Hokkaido JR Pass and alight at Minami-Chitose Station. The outlet mall is just a 13 minute walk away.

Address: 1 Chome-2-1 Kashiwadaiminami, Chitose, Hokkaido 066-8765, Japan
Opening hours: 11:00 – they run out daily

Otaru

10. Otaru Rakuten

otaru rakuten
We’ve saved the best for last! The Otaru Rakuten is one of the 7 Izakaya spots in Hokkaido that have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand. This humble family run establishment serves up quite a feat. Order some grilled skewers to go along with your beers for a fun night out!

otaru rakuten
If you’re up for something exotic, try the soft cod roes! Marinated with citrus, vinegar and shoyu which cuts right through the creamy texture, giving you the perfect balance of flavors.
otaru rakuten
The grilled oysters are also not to be missed. Grilled in front of your eyes on miniature grills, these oysters are marinated with a sauce made from the guts of tuna! We recommend getting a bowl of rice and gobbling these bad boys down.

Address: 13 – 7 Inaho 2 – chome, Otaru, Hokkaido
Opening hours: 6pm-11pm, closed Mon

To get there, take the JR line with your Hokkaido JR Pass and alight at the Otaru Station and the restaurant is a 5 minute walk away.

Bonus:

japan's largest ice cream

If you’re up for a challenge, try finishing Japan’s LARGEST ice cream sundae! They also have regular sized parfaits for those of us with smaller appetites. Find out more about these sweet treats in our guide! 

Hokkaido Essentials

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You’ll be needing a 4G Wifi Device for all your #foodie pictures. If you need itinerary inspiration, be sure to check out our Hokkaido JR Pass guide for ideas on where your JR pass can take you!

27 Hokkaido Food Souvenirs You’ll Gladly Buy Extra Luggage For

A delicious food haul awaits you!

Hokkaido is a food haven and is popular for its fresh seafood such as sea urchin, snow crabs, scallops and many more. Besides that, the abundant region is also home to high-quality local produce and dairy!

You can find an endless amount of snacks and treats that are only in Hokkaido and nowhere else. Bringing these home as souvenirs will make you a favourite amongst family members and friends, for sure! Save on your travels with a Klook promo code, so you can splurge on a shopping spree. More details at the end.

Now, we sure hope you’ve got your extra luggage space ready for these tasty and unforgettable confectionery:

  1. Yubari Melon Steam Cake


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    Japan, a haven for many things, is also home to unbelievably lip-smacking fruits. In Hokkaido, the crowning glory would have to be the Yubari melons. Thus was born, the Yubari Melon Steam Cake.

    A light sponge cake filled with a luscious, gooey Yubari melon center, this treat is a must-buy from Hokkaido. We reckon if you buy these as souvenirs, they’d go like hotcakes with your friends and family!

  2. Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yakitokibi

    Corn, amongst the other local produce that are known in Hokkaido, can be found in snacks like Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yakitokibi. A crispy mochi rice and barbecued corn snack, you can find it only in Hokkaido.

    Instead of running high and low in search for them, you can book your Oh! Yakitokibi through Klook for convenient pick-up at the airport. Don’t let its humble exterior fool you, it definitely packs a punch. Even the skeptics will be turned into fans after trying it!

  3. Shiroi Koibito

    Probably one of the most iconic, if not the most iconic food souvenir in Hokkaido is Shiroi Koibito. Two daily fresh-baked cookies sandwiching a white chocolate filling, it’s a must-buy whenever you’re in that region.

    If you’ve ever wondered how is it possible for a cookie sandwich to be this good, you might just find out the secret behind it with this cookie making workshop. You’ll even have the firsthand experience of making your own specialised jumbo, heart-shaped Shiroi Koibito!

  4. Sanpouroku

    Inspired by the European-style spit cakes, the Sanpouroku is a buttery cake by Ryugetsu with a chocolate layer on the exterior. Designed to look like Japanese white birch trees, not only is it fun to eat, it’s pretty darn tasty too!

    This Insta-worthy treat will surely get you lots of response, so make sure you’re well-equipped with a pocket Wi-Fi in Japan to tackle those queries!

  5. Sweet Potato


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    On a quick glance you might think it’s just a normal sweet potato, but it’s actually a cake! A famous and local specialty in Obihiro, Hokkaido, this is a must-try authentic Japanese confectionery.

    They delightful sweet potato cakes are sold at Cranberry, a well-known confectionery shop in the city. Look like it warrants a special road trip to Obihiro just to have a taste of this and you’re just a convenient car rental away!

  6. Yubari Melon Kit Kat


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    You can always bet on Japan to come up with the wackiest Kit Kat flavours. Although not exactly wacky, the Yubari melon-flavoured Kit Kat surely stands out from your normal ones.

    The Hokkaido special has a milk chocolate option and also a white chocolate with mascarpone option, because when something is so great, you can’t have just one!

  7. Hokkaido Milk Castella


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    Aside from the excellent local produce, Hokkaido is also known for its incredible and high-quality dairy products. The Hokkaido Milk Castella is a type of Japanese sponge cake made with fresh Hokkaido milk.

    Light but decadent, you’ll have a hard time stopping yourself from devouring it before gifting it as a souvenir.

  8. Sapporo Kinako Yaki Chocora


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    The victor of Sapporo Sweets 2015 Grand Prix, the Sapporo Kinako Yaki Chocora is not just a simple chocolate snack, it’s a masterpiece! With its trademark pearl sugar sitting atop the chocolate layer, it’s meant to recreate the starry night sky.

    Would you believe it if we told you that the patisserie that created this treat is run by a grilled meat place?

  9. Rokkatei Marusei Butter Sandwich

    Rokkatei, a famous confectionery producer in Japan, is home to endless selections of must-try snacks. Their Marusei Butter Sandwich, a buttery biscuit sandwich filled with white chocolate and raisins, is one of their top bestsellers.

    Made with Hokkaido’s exceptional butter, the biscuit is creamy, light and worth paying for extra luggage just to bring a tonne of these back!

  10. Yukiyakonko


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    Also from Rokkatei is Yukiyakonko, a bittersweet dark cocoa biscuit sandwich with a white chocolate filling. Also sold by Rokkatei, this cookie sandwich comes individually packed, making them great as souvenirs.

    Well, the rest of the world has Oreos, but Hokkaido has Yukiyakonko, and dare we say, it’s even better than Oreos!

  11. Daiheigen


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    If you like Madeleines, Rokkatei’s Daiheigen will be your drug (and somehow also your cure)! It’s rich, moist and probably the best you’ll ever have.

    The distinctive taste and texture is a result of the generous amount of quality Hokkaido butter used to create this gem.

  12. Yubari Melon Caplico Stick

    Shaped like fun lil’ ice-cream cones, you’re probably more familiar with these Caplico sticks in strawberry and chocolate flavours from your childhood days. In Hokkaido, however, you can get these in Yubari melon flavour!

    There’s even a surprise chocolate center when you get to the bottom. Who said kids’ snacks are boring!

  13. Ripe’N’Dry Instant Ramen

    The eye-catching instant ramen, Ripe’N’Dry, can be easily spotted from its striking packaging depicting a growling grizzly bear. One of the more popular selection is the miso flavour.

    Developed in Hokkaido, Ripe’N’Dry’s instant ramen broth is extra rich and hearty. On a quick taste and slurp, it might just stand up to a bowl of noodles from your favourite ramen place.

  14. Marukan Yokan


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    As one of Southern Hokkaido’s most popular local treat, the Marukan Yokan is a sticky azuki bean jelly. Using high-quality Kintoki azuki beans cultivated in Tokachi, Hokkaido – you can’t replicate this anywhere!

    Known for its interesting texture and sweetness, they are great as souvenirs for their ability to keep well too. To prevent sticky fingers, simply push the jelly from the back and cut off a portion with the attached string.

  15. Corn Chocolate


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    Corn Chocolate, as the name suggests, is made up of crispy sweet corn coated with chocolate. On different occasions, you can also find seasonal flavours like strawberries, melons and milk and more.

    With just the right level of sweetness, it’s easy to eat a whole bag of them without realising it!

  16. Sapporo Nogakko

    Sapporo Agricultural College Cookies hokkaido

    A crisp cookie made of mainly butter and wheat might seem simple and boring but in Hokkaido, it’s a total game-changer. Taking advantage of the rich and unique flavour of Hokkaido dairy, the unassuming Sapporo Nogakko snack is melt-in-your-mouth and to-die-for.

    Also known as Sapporo Agricultural College Milk Cookies, they can be found in Kinotoya. However, if you book your Sapporo Agricultural College Cookies from Klook, you can easily pick-up from the airport instead. Make sure to buy enough of these as souvenirs or you might have people fighting over these!

  17. Haskapp Jewelry


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    With a name like Haskapp Jewelry, the only way to describe this treat is exquisite! Crumbly, buttery cookies sandwiching a punchy sweet and sour jam surrounded by a coating of chocolate, every bite is better than the last.

    The jam is made with Haskap, also known as honeyberries, a type of berry that’s native to Hokkaido! Available at selected stores only is the Premium Black version, which uses premium dark cookies for that extra decadence.

  18. Jaga Pokkuru

    Jaga Pokkuru hokkaido

    Calbee snacks are widely available in Japan and outside the country as well but it is only in Hokkaido that you can find Jaga Pokkuru. What makes them special is that they’re made with Hokkaido potatoes with the skins on. There’s also IMOKO & KOBUTARO which is potato chips with added kelp!

    Be warned, these pocket-friendly snacks are highly addictive! it’s no wonder they’ve become really popular in and outside of Japan. Purchase these from Klook for convenient pick-up at the airport. 

  19. Sapporo Times Square


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    Although the name sounds more like a location than anything else, it is, in fact, an iconic Sapporo snack souvenir. Tiny soft sponge cakes filled with custard cream, they’re incredibly tempting and easy to pop into your mouth.

    Make sure to get these whenever you’re in Sapporo and they come in various flavours too!

  20. Nama Caramel


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    For that family member or friend with the sweet tooth, the caramel candy made by the Hanabatake Farm in Tokachi is the perfect souvenir. Sweet and chewy, they come in a few different flavours as well.

  21. Yosei-no mori


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    Moist and fluffy, the Yosei-no-mori is a baumkuchen made with a special method. Everything that go into making the cake are locally sourced Hokkaido ingredients as well, thus resulting in its unique taste and texture.

    You definitely can’t go wrong with this cake. Playing safe doesn’t mean it has to be boring and bland!

  22. Shiroi Black Thunder

    white black thunder hokkaido

    Black Thunder, a famous chocolate candy bar in Japan, has a special version in Hokkaido. Coated with white chocolate, the Shiroi Black Thunder or White Black Thunder is made with the ever-so-heavenly Hokkaido milk.

    They’re very affordable too, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank while hoarding a suitcase full of these chocolate candy bars. No need to lug these around during your trip in Hokkaido when you can buy these White Black Thunder on Klook and pick-up at the airport before departure!

  23. Cheese Omelette


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    Contrary to its misleading name, the Snaffles Cheese Omelette is actually a souffle-type cheesecake that originates from Hakodate which can also be found in Sapporo. Fluffy and rich, it instantly melts in your mouth, coating your tongue with its cheesy goodness.

    They come in maple and chocolate flavours as well. All made using Hokkaido’s premium quality dairy, it’s a souffle one can never forget.

  24. Furano Yukidoke Cheesecake


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    Bringing home a cheesecake as a souvenir isn’t exactly the most convenient thing but boy, oh, boy, is it worth it.

    The Furano Yukidoke Cheesecake has a crispy tart exterior with wild grape and blueberry jam as well as rich cream cheese as the filling. Finally, it’s topped with fresh whipped cream to depict the snowy landscape of Hokkaido winter.

  25. Pocky Yubari Melon

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    Sample the classic Pocky in a limited Hokkaido-only flavour made with the cantaloupe grown only in the city. Each plus-sized Pocky Yubari Melon stick is individually wrapped and coated with a Yubari Melon icing. 

    Bring home a piece of Hokkaido with you before leaving the city and book your Pocky Yubari Melon from Klook. Sweet memories and sweet treats go hand in hand!

  26. Apollo White Premium

    Meiji Apollo White Premium hokkaido

    You won’t be able to get enough of this lip-smacking combination of sweet white chocolate and tangy strawberries with every piece of Meiji’s Apollo White Premium. If you think it’s a snack only for kids, oh boy, are you wrong!

    Shopping for souvenirs can be hectic when you’re short on time, but you can easily book with Klook and enjoy easy reservations and pick-up at the airport.

  27. Hokkaido Horsehair Crab 

    Hokkaido, with its abundant of fresh and incredible seafood, is the perfect place for seafood lovers. The the city will be heartbreaking but it doesn’t have to be. You can bring home a taste of Hokkaido sea with you in the form of Horsehair Crab!

    Get this freshly-cooked Hokkaido Horsehair Crab from a crab specialty shop on Klook. Each crab is guaranteed freshness, cooked on the day of the pick-up and frozen to preserve it during your flight back. Simply thaw and enjoy it when you’re home!

Save on travels so you can spend on food!

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Japan’s updated 2018 cherry blossom schedule!

If you haven’t already heard, the sakura flowers are expected to bloom earlier than usual! As predicted by the Japan Meteorological Corporation as of 1 February, these are the most updated cherry blossom forecast dates!

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How To Use Your Japan Rail Pass: Hokkaido

Explore Hokkaido hassle-free!

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Clean air, blue skies, undulating hills and majestic mountains – these are some of the things you can expect in Hokkaido! No matter what season you visit, you can definitely expect to return home with memories of beautiful sights and full bellies.

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If you plan to visit the many regions in Hokkaido but don’t want the trouble of driving across cities, you’ll need the JR Hokkaido rail pass! You’ll not just get to enjoy UNLIMITED rides on the JR Hokkaido trains but also some designated JR buses within Hokkaido.

Access using: TRA
Line: Ju Guang Hao/ Zi Qiang Hao
Nearest train station: Long Xi Station

Read on to find out how you can maximize your Hokkaido JR Pass on your next holiday to Hokkaido!

1. Transport trains covered by the JR Pass

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Each JR Pass caters specifically to different regions in Japan and comes with varying entitlements. Therefore, it is important to plan your itinerary carefully before deciding which JR Pass to purchase. While it is possible to cancel your JR Pass, do note that a 10% cancellation fee (of the cost of the purchased JR Pass) applies.

A La Campagne
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm | Friday to Sunday 10am to 10pm.
Address: 245/96 Sukhumvit Rd, Tambon Na Chom Thian, Amphoe Sattahip, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20250

*For the 4 Day Flexi JR Hokkaido Pass, you are allowed to choose any 4 days you wish to board the train within a 10-day period from which the pass is effective.

**For the 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Pass, you are allowed to choose any 6 days you wish to board the train within a 14-day period from which the pass is effective.

2. Cities covered by the JR Hokkaido Rail Pass

The JR Hokkaido Rail Pass covers the following cities :How-To-Use-Your-Japan-Rail-Pass-Hokkaido-map
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The cities covered by all the 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Pass include:How-To-Use-Your-Japan-Rail-Pass-Hokkaido-map
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This pass is great if you plan on travelling to multiple cities in Hokkaido! As compared to buying multiple one way single-trip tickets, the rail pass is definitely a more cost-efficient option!
These are the approximate prices (JPY) for one-way tickets between major cities in Hokkaido:

 

Just a 2 way trip from Wakkanai to Kushiro would already amount to more than the Klook cost of the Japan Rail Pass. Save your wallets and opt for the JR pass for a more cost efficient way of travelling!

3. Types of seats on the Japan Rail

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There are reserved seatings on the following:

  1. Shinkansen
  2. Limited Express Trains
  3. Express Trains
  4. Rapid Airport Trains

*Special and Sightseeing Trains are not eligible for reserved seating.

All you have to do is present your JR Hokkaido Rail Pass at the station ticket counter (along with the date, train name and zone) and a Reserved Seat Ticket will be issued at no extra charge. Alternatively, you may purchase it one month in advance using JR-EAST Train Reservation.

When boarding, be sure to present both your rail pass and reserved seat ticket to the conductor.

Since reservations are free of charge, we encourage you to get them. By reserving, you’ll be guaranteed a seat in the cabin and it’ll be much easier to sit together when traveling with friends or family!

4. JR Pass voucher exchange points

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Once your booking is confirmed, you’ll be required to collect your Exchange Order Vouchers at the different pick-up locations or have it mailed to you. Be sure to select a pick-up date that is at least 3 working days from your checkout date! Also note that your exchange voucher will only be valid for 90 days so don’t book those passes too early! How-To-Use-Your-Japan-Rail-Pass-Hokkaido-railway
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Taiwan/West Malaysia/Thailand/Philippines/South Korea
Exchange Order Vouchers will be mailed to your address by registered post within 7 business days (excluding weekends and holidays).

Singapore
Exchange Order Vouchers can be self-collected from:

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 6pm
Address:34/1 Moo 7, Na-Jomtien, Satahip, Chonburi 20250 Thailand
Klook Cost: US$12 (฿395)

Do note that the JR Pass is only issued in Japan, and since the Exchange Order Voucher is linked with the personal details entered by the user, you must collect the passes in person with the original passport used when booking.

Upon collection, you will be asked to choose a date for which you would like to activate your JR Pass as well. This means that if your chosen starting date is 28th June and you begin using the pass at 11:59pm, your first day will end at midnight the very same day so start the day early to make full use of the the JR Pass!

5. Hokkaido Region Highlights

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There is every reason to purchase the Hokkaido JR Pass to make the most of your next holiday there. Sapporo beer aside, the region is popular and loved for its beautiful Insta-worthy landscapes and many hidden gems waiting to be uncovered and explored!
Witness the beauty of Hokkaido for yourself with the following Klook-approved activities!

5.1 Sapporo

5.1.1.Learn the secrets behind your favorite Japanese beers

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Learn the secrets behind everyone’s favorite Hokkaido produced Pale Ale Lager at the Sapporo Beer Museum ! Entrance is free while the real treasure appears at the end of the tour – beer tasting at a minimal fee!

Admission + Show
1 day entry into the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Show entry
US$12 (฿ 395)Find out more!
Admission + Show + Lunch
1 day entry into the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Show entry with lunch
US$20 (฿ 650)Find out more!

If you prefer Kirin beer instead, head over to the Kirin beer garden for some delicious WAGYU beef! The King Crab & Genghis Khan Grilled Lamb Course is a must-try for its unbeatable mix of delicious and tender lamb, fresh Hokkaido seafood, sure to satisfy the foodie in you.

Be sure to walk off all that food with a stroll in the Nakajima Park nearby! You wouldn’t want to get beer belly.

Max Muay Thai
Opening Hours:Monday to Thursday 7:30pm-8:30pm | Friday 6:00pm-8:15pm | Weekends 7:20pm to 9:45pm
Address: Max Muay Thai Stadium Pattaya,42/108 Sukhumvit Rd. Moo.9 Nongprue, Banglamung, Chon Buri, 20150
Klook Cost: US$37 (฿1200)

Klook yourself a king crab and Genghis Khan grilled lamb course and all you’ll need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher and get ready to FEAST!

   

5.1.2. Get one of the BEST views from the Sapporo TV Tower

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Get a bird’s eye view of the stunning city from the observatory at the Sapporo TV Tower observatory.

You’ll be rewarded with views of the vast Sea of Japan and popular ski resortIshikari Heigen from 90 meters above ground level! Remember to snap #travelgoals photos and upload them instantly to spruce up your Instagram feed with complimentary WiFi available at the observation deck.

Max Muay Thai Admission
1 admission ticket into Max Muay Thai Show
US$ 37 (฿ 1,200)Find out more!

Klook your tickets to skip the long queues at the ticketing counter! Don’t worry about wet weather spoiling your plans as Klook tickets are OPEN DATED. This way you can get rearrange those plans and ensure you get the BEST backdrop to those Instagram pictures!

Coral Island Snorkeling Tour
Time: Daily 8.30am to 3.30pm
Klook Cost: US$64(฿2090)

5.1.3. Have tea the Japanese way

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Your trip to Hokkaido would not be complete without learning the REAL art of serving tea. Take an inside look into the intricate Japanese tea culture as you savour authentic Japanese tea and sample Japanese desserts.

Upgrade your experience and experience brewing tea in a traditional kimono! You’ll also get to immortalise your experience with a take-home souvenir photo.

Pattaya Coral Island Snorkeling Tour
Half day tour at Coral Island with Parachute, Snorkeling, Seawalker, Jet Ski, lunch and 2 way transfer included.
US$64(฿2090)
Find out more!

Klook your tickets to the Tea ceremony and all you need to do is flash your mobile voucher and you’re all set for some qualiTEA time with your loved ones.

Cartoon Network Amazone
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 7pm
Address: 888 Moo8 NaJomtien, Najomtien, Sattahip District, Chon Buri 20250, Thailand
Klook Cost: US$24 (฿800)

5.2 Otaru

5.2.1. Cruise through the city on the Otaru rickshaw tour

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One of the best ways to explore the quaint harbor city of Otaru is by rickshaw. Learn about the rich history and iconic streets of the city as your local guide takes you on a customized tour!

#Klook Fun Fact: The Japanese film, “Love Letter” was shot mainly in the beautiful streets of Otaru.Follow the exact spots where the fantasy love story was filmed and recreate your own version of the love story with your loved ones.

Single Day Pass
1 day admission into Cartoon Network Amazone
US$24 (฿800) Find out more!

Klook your tickets to the Otaru Rickshaw Tour and you’ll get a private tour of the city! All you need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher to the rickshaw driver with Otaru’/’小樽 on his back and you’re all set!

Pattaya Floating Market
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 8pm
Address: 451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvi-Road Pattaya Nongprue, Banglamung
Klook Cost: US$5 (฿175)

5.3 Furano

5.3.1. Munch on cheese at the Furano Cheese Factory

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Furano is synonymous with its picturesque landscapes and blooming lavender seasons. But, apart from the flowers, did you know the most delicious cheese is produced in Furano?
You’ll be in for an interesting experience at The Furano Cheese Factory where you can observe the production process of Local Camembert Cheese. All ingredients used in the produces are sourced locally gifting it with a distinct Furano taste!

Yes, you’ll be able to enjoy some cheese samples during the post tasting session!
At additional fees, you may attend hands-on workshops to learn the art behind making butter, ice-cream, cheese and even bread (advanced reservations required for bread-making workshop).

Admission Only
Entry to the Floating Market
US$5
(฿175)
Find out more!
Package A
Entry to floating market, row boat, zipline, monkey show, Thai folkways village, Thai costume dress up and photo taking
US$18
(฿600)
Find out more!
Package B
Entry to floating market, amphibious boat, zipline, monkey show, Thai folkways village, Thai costume dress up and photo taking
US$18
(฿600)
Find out more!
Package C
Entry to floating market, row boat, amphibious boat, zipline, monkey show, Thai folkways village, Thai costume dress up and photo taking
US$20
(฿650)
Find out more!

5.4 Hakodate

5.4.1.Feast on seafood at the Hakodate morning market

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Hakodate is the third largest city in Hokkaido located in the South, best known for its delicious and fresh seafood!

The Hakodate Morning Market boasts a huge area spanning about four city blocks. So open your eyes wide, socks up and be ready to delve into the wide array of fresh seafood available. Think crabs, salmon eggs, sea urchins and squids!

Try your hand at catching an unlucky (or lucky for you) squid swimming vigorously in fish tanks. All it takes is a basic rod with a hook on the end and some arm skills…easy right? Achef will transform your fresh catch into a delectable squid sashimi!

Remember not to leave Hakodate without gobbling down the infamous Seafood Rice Bowl at “Donburi Yokocho Ichiba” located along the Morning Market.

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Sanctuary of Truth
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 6pm
Address:206/2 Moo 5, Soi Naklua 12, Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150
Klook Cost: US$13(฿440)

6. Choosing a Hokkaido JR Pass 

Having a hard time deciding with Hokkaido JR Pass to get? Here’s something to guide you along!

Scenario 1: If I’m planning to spend most of my time within Hokkaido, especially Sapporo and Furano, which pass should I get?
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Valid for 5 days, the 5 Day JR Hokkaido Rail Pass will give you access to the following:

Admission to Sanctuary of Truth
1 day admission to Sanctuary of Truth
US$13(฿440)Find out more!
Admission to Sanctuary of Truth + Round trip transfer (Pattaya)
1 day admission to Sanctuary of Truth + roundtrip transfer from Pattaya beach city area
US$13(฿440)Find out more!
Admission to Sanctuary of Truth + Round trip transfer (Jomtien)
1 day admission to Sanctuary of Truth + roundtrip transfer from Jomtien beach city area
US$13(฿440)Find out more!

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This is perfect for exploring the best of all Hokkaido! If you think 5 consecutive days might be a bit too long, look out for the JR Hokkaido Rail Pass Flexible 4 Days that allows you to choose any 4 days you wish to board the train within a 10-day period from which the pass is effective.

Scenario 2: If I’m intending to toggle between Tokyo and visiting places such as Sapporo and Lake Toya during my trip, which pass should I get?

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Since you’re spending more time in the Eastern part of Japan and areas along the South of Hokkaido, we recommend you purchase the 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass!

With the 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, you are entitled to the following:

JR Pass Kyushu
JR Pass Hokkaido
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Besides travelling between Tokyo and other parts of the Eastern region hassle-free, it also allows you to use it for any 6 days within 14 days of purchase date.

Scenario 3: It’s my first time to Japan and I’m thinking of exploring the many regions, should I still purchase the JR Hokkaido Pass?

Congratulations on booking your first trip to Japan, you’ll love it!

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In this case, it seems like you aren’t planning to stay in one specific region for long therefore we suggest you purchase the 7 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass (also available in 14 or 21 days).

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To Hokkaido we go!

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Are you ready to delve into the wonders of Hokkaido? All that’s left is picking out your preferred JR Pass and perhaps booking a personal Airport Transfer to be transportation-worry free! To immortalize your trip and share those Insta-worthy moments, remember to snag yourself a 4G WiFi Device as well!

Still unsure about how the JR pass works? Check out our guide to the JR pass to find out more details about what exactly this pass does and how you should go about booking one.

Book your flights, pack your bags and get ready to explore Hokkaido! For a very limited time only, Scoot can take you direct from Singapore to Sapporo for as low as S$219! Direct flights from Singapore to Sapporo will only run from Nov 2017 to Feb 2018.