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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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


    Source: hokkaidolikers.com

    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!

Get the best deals on your holiday to Japan when you use Klook. With our best price guarantee, you can enjoy a fun-filled trip without breaking the bank.

20 Cherry Blossom Picture Spots That Scream Insta-goals!

Planning to catch the Cherry Blossoms in Korea, Japan or Taiwan this spring?

Being the Instagram addicts we all are, the phrase “pics or it didn’t happen” is a line we know all too well. If you’re looking out for ways to boost your ‘insta-game’ this spring, we’ve definitely got you covered! Read on to find out the best places to flood your Instagram feed with a sea of pink this Cherry Blossom season.

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[Updated] Japan’s 2018 Cherry Blossom Forecast And The Best Viewing Spots

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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Where To Stay In Tokyo: Shibuya Or Shinjuku

Shibuya vs. Shinjuku – which is the one for you?

Tokyo is a vast metropolis of 23 city wards, each one with its own alluring personality and charm. While two of Tokyo’s most popular wards, Shibuya and Shinjuku, are positioned next to each other, they can provide very different experiences.

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How To Save $100 On Your Year End Holiday To Japan

Japan holidays don’t have to be expensive!

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Holidays to Japan often cost us an arm and a leg, but this doesn’t have to be the case! With Klook’s end of year sale, you can have the same experiences in Japan at a fraction of the price! The Klook team has put together ideas for you to ensure you can experience all of Japan while saving big.

Apart from the pulsating city of Tokyo, Japan has so much more to offer! From gorgeous landscapes in Kyoto to delicious food in Osaka, don’t restrict yourself!

Enjoy unbelievable savings to theme parks like Universal Studios Japan in Osaka and Disneyland in Tokyo and even on activities like a kimono experience along the historical streets of Kyoto! It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling solo, with friends or even family – we’ve got some itinerary ideas for you.

Enjoy S$100 off epic experiences on Klook

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With Klook’s end of year sale, you can enjoy everything Japan has to offer at a smaller price tag! The promo is open to Klook users residing in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. Please refer to the following table for the respective promo codes:

Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
Tour of Bangkok on tuk tuk, entrance fees to temples, bottled water, guide, food/dinner included
S$79Find out more!

Step 1: Check out S$450 worth of products with promo code “YES100”

Step 2: After checking out with S$450, an email will be sent to you with a UNIQUE promo code within 24 hours. Input this promo code into your Klook mobile app and get another S$50 off when you check out with a minimum of S$300!

Check out the Klook end of year sale guide to find out how you can maximize those savings!

You might be thinking, it’s so difficult to unlock S$450 let alone S$750! Well, the Klook team has done the math for you so read on to find out how to save big this holiday!

Meet all your transportation needs with the Japan Rail Pass!

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There is no easier and more convenient way to discover the Land of the Rising Sun than taking a ride on Japan’s extensive rail network! Pick between the 7,14 or 21 day pass to explore all the cities in Japan! From Shinkansen, Limited Express, local trains, Monorail, JR buses, to the Miyajima Ferry, this rail pass is definitely the easiest and fastest way to explore all of Japan!

Check out our guide to the Japan Rail pass here for details on how to use your pass!

Klook your Japan Rail pass for the CHEAPEST passes on the market!

Street go karting AkihabaraS$36Find out more!

1. For the Solo Traveller

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Many of us just want to escape from our daily lives and what better way to do that than a solo trip? Apart from being Asia’s gastronomic capital of the world, the Japanese are also known to be extremely polite and friendly, making it the perfect destination for solo-travellers.

1.1 Find your zen in the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

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Escape from the bustle of city life in Arashiyama, Kyoto – famed for its beautiful landscapes and well-preserved ancient royal court. Of course, you can’t forget the lush green bamboo lined forests that Arashiyama is famous for!

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Following that, take a stroll in Okochi Denjiro’s traditional Japanese garden Okochi Sanso Villa, supposedly built as a picture of everlasting beauty. After that, explore one of Kyoto’s Zen temples the Tenryuji temple, where you can get one of the best views of Arashiyama!

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Finally, complete your journey at the Togetsukyo bridge, known for its beautiful reflections of the Oi River.

#Klook Insider Tip : Arashiyama is particularly picturesque during the cherry blossom season (early April) and mid-autumn (second half of November) season. In December, lanterns line the streets and bamboo groves during the Hanatoro illluminatio.

If you want to experience all that beautiful sights listed above and more, why not opt for the Klook Arashiyama Bamboo forest tour! Have a local take you around and tell you all the insider information about the places. Why get there yourself when you can get picked up from your hotel?

SeasonParadeTime/Venue
Mar-JuneMasquerade2PM
Lotte World
Adventure 1F
June-AugRio Samba2PM
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Adventure 1F
Sep-OctHalloween2PM
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Adventure 1F
Nov-DecChristmas 2PM
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Adventure 1F
 

Klook your tickets to the Arashiyama Bamboo forest tour and all you’ll need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher and get ready to take in the beautiful sights of Kyoto.

ActivityRetail priceKlook price
Universal Studios Japan 1 day e pass372368
Go karting Akihabara148144
Total price520512
With Klook end of year sale promo applied462
Total savings 58

1.2 Explore Osaka’s best with the Osaka Amazing Pass!

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Conquer the best sights of Osaka with just one pass! This pass gives you FREE access to 30 Osaka attractions including iconic landmarks like the Osaka castle and Osaka Zoo, as well as boat trips along the Tombori river! The pass evenit doubles up as a transport card with UNLIMITED use of the Osaka subway, tramway and bus networks! All these and more at a price of only S$30? What a steal!

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If you’re looking to make the most of your Osaka experience, this card will definitely do the trick. You’ll also get special offers and discount coupons at a number of shops and restaurants in Osaka! Find out what attractions are included here.

Weekday Day Ticket
Admission from 5am to 8pm on weekdays- includes access to all sauna and bathing facilities, sleeping room, hair dryer and pillow, outdoor swimming pool and clothes and towels.
S$14Find out more!
Weekend Day Ticket
Admission from 5am to 8pm on weekends- includes access to all sauna and bathing facilities, sleeping room, hair dryer and pillow, outdoor swimming pool and clothes and towels.
S$16
Night Ticket
Admission from 8pm to 5am daily- includes access to all sauna and bathing facilities, sleeping room, hair dryer and pillow, outdoor swimming pool and clothes and towels.
S$17

Klook your Osaka Amazing Pass and all you need to do is flash your mobile voucher to redeem your pass! Check out the redemption counters here. If you can’t decide whether to get it or not, just book it on the spot! Afterall, it gets instantly confirmed!

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Pick up from Narita / Haneda / Kansai / Chubu Centrair / New Chitose / Naha airport
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1.3 Cycle through the cobblestone streets of Kyoto

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If you’re looking to break away from the cliche tours of Kyoto, this is definitely the tour for you.
Ride through the Miyagawacho Geisha district, the second biggest entertainment district in the city! Say hello to geko women and their maikos as they stroll through the stone laden streets of Gion dressed to the nines in the delicate kimonos.

Sapporo Kaniya Honten Hokkaido
Address:2-11 Minami 4(yo)-Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays: Lunch: 11:00am-3:00pm |Dinner: 5:00pm-10:30pm |Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 11:00am-10:30pm
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Klook your tickets to the Kyoto Backstreet cycling tour and all you’ll need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher and get ready to paddle! Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes.

Tsukiji Fish MarketS$166Find out more!
Tokyo After 5 Food TourS$148Find out more!
Sapporo Kaniya HontenS$46Find out more!

1.4 Roam the streets of Tokyo’s most famous attractions

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Apart from Tokyo’s pulsating streets, her other charm is in it’s rich cultural and historical places of interest. Visit Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine – Meiji Shrine, where you can write your wishes and tie it to the prayer wall. Next up, stroll along the gardens and grounds of the homes of the emperor and the Imperial Family, the Imperial Palace.

Finally, after all that cultural places, venture towards the Tokyo business district, Nihonbashi! This is literally the heart of the city! Other than office towers, you definitely will be able to shop till you drop here.

Nanta Cooking Show
Address: Myeongdong: Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul | Hongdae: B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Show Timings: Myeongdong theatre: 5pm and 8pm Daily | Hongdae theatre: Mon-Fri: 8:00pm;Sat-Sun: 5:00pm

Klook your tickets to the Tokyo walking tour and it comes with not only a pickup from your hotel but also an english speaking guide that will explain to you all you need to know about the sights. Afterall, who knows Tokyo better than the locals right?

ActivityRetail Price (S$)Klook Price (S$)
Tsukiji Fish Market and Sushi Making180166
Tokyo after 5 Food Tour148148
Sapporo Kaniya Honten6046
Total Cost500444
Price with Klook end of year sale promo applied394
Total savings106

1.5 Visit the world famous Mount Fuji

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Visit Japan’s most famous mountain- Mount Fuji is all its raw glory. Take in the untamed beauty of the mountain over a barbeque lunch cooked from hot stone lava plates from the very same mountain!

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Nothing says relaxation on a holiday than a spa! Ease into the steamy onsens while breathing in the crisp Japanese mountain air and leave all your worries behind. Once you’re all charged up, head to the Gotemba Premium outlets (the largest one in Japan) and shop till you drop!

Visit all these and more on the Klook Fuji Onsen and Gotemba outlet tour! Get picked up froom the hotel and have a guide take you around and tell you about the wonders of the mountain.

Taipei Motorbike Tour
Location: Hotel pick up or meet at Taipei 101/World Trade Center
Tour Hours: Daily 6am, 8am or 7pm
Nanta Cooking Show
Address: Myeongdong: Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul | Hongdae: B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Show Timings: Myeongdong theatre: 5pm and 8pm Daily | Hongdae theatre: Mon-Fri: 8:00pm;Sat-Sun: 5:00pm

Klook your tickets and have all your transport all sorted out! Afterall, travelling around and finding your way could be a bit of a trouble when you don’t speak the language. Plus, having a local guide tell you what Japan is all about is truly the only way you should learn about the country.

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Total savings:

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Motorcycle Maniacs
Sightsee Taipei in 8 hours with a local and see the top sights on a motorbike!
S$170Find out more!
Sunset Tour
Sightsee Taipei in 4 hours with a local, see the top sights on a motorbike and catch the sunset!
S$99Find out more!
Dawn Tour
Sightsee Taipei in 4 hours with a local, see the top sights on a motorbike and catch the sunrise!
S$99Find out more!

2. For Couples: Romantic getaway to Japan!

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If you’re a couple looking for a romantic escape, Japan definitely won’t disappoint! From energetic shopping streets to calm and serene landscapes, you’ll find all you want in one country! Plus, you’ll definitely be rewarded with not only crazy Instagrammable moments but also, Japanese food is truly a whole other culinary experience. With Klook’s year end sale, you can have the best dates of your lives in Japan, all with a smaller price tag! In addition, with TWO of you, you’ll hit the minimum spending in no time.

2.1 Live out your own fairytale in Tokyo DisneySea!

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I’m sure all couples dream of a fairytale relationship, well, while that may not be possible in reality, you can definitely try to achieve that when you spend a day in DisneySea!

Being the ONLY DisneySea in the world, you can definitely expect more extravagant and detailed visuals and decorations, in other words, a feast for your eyes. This also means those Instagram photos will turn out amazing!

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If there’s any ride you MUST take, it is Toy Story Mania!FastPass for this ride runs out very quickly, if not the fastest. We’d be sure to take that fastpass first if we were you. Journey to the Center of the Earth has also been said as one of the best thrills rides in DisneySea for its intricate decorations and themes.

Check out the Klook guide to Tokyo DisneySea to find out all the insider tips!

Handmade Leather Crafts Workshop (Starter Course)
Location: No. 15, Chaozhou Street, Da’an District, Taipei City
Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 10am to 7pm (last class is at 4pm)
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Don’t waste your time standing in line at the ticketing counters. Klook your tickets and enter the park directly! Plus, tickets are opening dated so visit any day you want!

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Muffin Coin Purse With Two Interior Pockets
Learn how to create handmade leather crafts. Choose your own color leather and customize your piece as you wish
S$67Find out more!
Good Friends Small Case
Learn how to create handmade leather crafts. Choose your own color leather and customize your piece as you wish
S$67Find out more!
Harui Small Hanging Coin Purse
Learn how to create handmade leather crafts. Choose your own color leather and customize your piece as you wish
S$81Find out more!
Small Wallet With Two Interior Pockets
Learn how to create handmade leather crafts. Choose your own color leather and customize your piece as you wish
S$112Find out more!

2.2 Dress up in a kimono for date day!

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Everyone likes dressing up for date night, well why not immerse yourself in the Japanese culture since you’re at it and dress up in a kimono! Stroll along the streets of Kyoto in a kimono and level up that Instagram game. You can even wear matching colored kimonos with your S.O for that #couplegoals.

Nantou Paragliding
Location: Taiwan Geographical Monument Center in Huxiao Village
Operating Hours: Friday to Wednesday 11am to 3pm
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Klook your tickets and all you’ll need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher, choose your favourite kimono and get ready to strut down those cobblestone streets of Kyoto!

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Nantou Paragliding
Embrace the sky with a 10-15 minute paragliding flight over Nantou's untamed terrain
S$125Find out more!

2.3 Get photobombed by polite deers in Nara

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Visit the beautiful city of Nara, once the capital of Japan, this place boasts to be a great escape from the big city. Most famous for its deer park where thousands of deers roam freely, be sure to grab a selfie with these polite creatures. If you feed them, they may even bow to say thank you!

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After that, head to the UNESCO heritage site, the Todaiji temple to see a 15 meter tall bronze Great Buddha statue. Look out for the Buddha hole in a supporting post of Todai-ji Temple. The hole is said to be the same size as one of the Buddha’s nostrils. Crawl through it and legend has it you will receive enlightenment in your next life

Tour timing: 12.10pm to 7.30pm

Nanta Cooking Show
Address: Myeongdong: Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul | Hongdae: B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Show Timings: Myeongdong theatre: 5pm and 8pm Daily | Hongdae theatre: Mon-Fri: 8:00pm;Sat-Sun: 5:00pm

Klook your tickets to the Nara afternoon tour and you’re all set to meet those deers! Plus, it comes with a hotel pickup, so you’ll just need to flash your mobile vouchers and get ready to be surrounded by deers.

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Total savings:

Prices based on party of 2:

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Standard Pass
Get unlimited travel on Taiwan Railways for 5 days and unlimited travel on Taiwan High Speed Rail for any 2 days
S$125
Adult

S$63
Child (6-11)
Find out more!
Express Pass
Get unlimited travel on Taiwan Railways for 5 days and unlimited travel on Taiwan High Speed Rail for any 2 days, plus the option to reserve seats and travel on Taroko Express and Puyuma Express when seats are available
S$161
Adult

S$81
Child (6-11)
Find out more!

3. For families: family-friendly fun for everyone!

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When it comes to planning for a family holiday, Japan is always near the top of everyone’s lists, and with good reason! Apart from being home to the family favourite theme park Disneyland, the country is known for being safe and clean making it easy to travel with children. When travelling as a family, it is definitely easy to spend a bomb! With Klook’s end of year sale, you don’t have to break the bank for a great time with the whole family.

3.1 Make the littles ones dreams come true at Tokyo Disneyland

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There are 2 rides you definitely must take that are unique to Tokyo Disneyland- the Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Monster’s Inc Ride & Go Seek! Even though these rides always have the longest wait times, we promise they will be worth the wait!

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The parades at Tokyo Disneyland have also been said to be the most extravagant of all the Disney parks. A nighttime parade unique to Tokyo Disneyland- the Electric Parade Dreamlights is especially grand! With themed floats adorned in bright, vibrant LED lights, accompanied by well-known Disney music and characters, this parade is truly an incredible experience!

Check out the Klook Guide to Tokyo Disneyland to get all those insider tips on how to maximise your time at the park!

Chinese Fortune Telling
Location: No. 104, Section 2 Minquan E Rd , Zhongshan District, Taipei City (Near Xingtian Temple)
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 5pm
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We all know that queuing for tickets can be a bummer! Well, instead of standing in line all day, you can just Klook your Tokyo Disneyland ticket and all you can enter the park directly! Plus, tickets are open dated so visit whenever you want!

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3.2 Marvel at mother nature’s creation : Mount Fuji

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You can’t say you’ve visited Japan if you don’t head to its most famous Mount Fuji! Take a ropeway up to the 5th station for a view you will never forget. Up at 2300 meters, the elegance of Japan’s natural beauty will be staring back at you.

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Sail along Lake Ashi and feel your troubles float away beside you. Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the unique Torii immersed in lake Ashi.

Tour Timing: 7.30am to 8.30pm daily

Nanta Cooking Show
Address: Myeongdong: Unesco Building 3F, 50-14, Myeong Dong 2 Ga, Jung Gu, Seoul | Hongdae: B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Show Timings: Myeongdong theatre: 5pm and 8pm Daily | Hongdae theatre: Mon-Fri: 8:00pm;Sat-Sun: 5:00pm

Klook your tickets to the Mount Fuji and Hakone tour to skip the queues! You’ll even get picked up from the hotel so just relax and enjoy the views on the way to the mountain!

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Rice Divination
5-10 minutes fortune telling, 1 question only
S$21Find out more!
Rice Divination + Anthroponymy + Face Reading
10-15 minutes fortune telling, you can ask anything during this time
S$51Find out more!

Total savings:

For a party size of 2 adults and 2 children:

Volando Urai Grand View Bathhouse
Location: No. 176, Sec.5, Xinwu Rd, Wulai Dist., New Taipei City 233, Taiwan
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 11pm

4. For Friends: Squad goals in Japan

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Gather the whole squad and get ready to take Japan by storm and fulfil those #squadgoals! From racing in go karts along the streets of Tokyo to conquering the rides at Universal Studios Japan, you’ll definitely have an adrenaline filled trip!

Plus, bring the entire squad and you’ll definitely be able to unlock those discounts!

4.1 Unleash your inner wizard at Universal Studios Japan

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Spend a day in a place filled with movie magic! The Universal Studios Japan theme park is definitely a must visit if you’re in Osaka.

All you Harry Potter fans rejoice! One of the highlights of this part is definitely the Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed area. The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride is definitely an experience you’ll NEVER forget! Apart from the rides, there is also a night show that features the students of Hogwarts battling off Dementors across the Black Lake!

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Don’t forget to check out the newest addition is the Minion Park! Featuring minion themed eateries, goods, play lands, photo op areas and also a Minion Mayhem 4D ride!

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Everland + 2 Way transfer308248
Dragon Hill Spa6056
Chuncheon Canoeing Tour14880
Total price 516480
With Klook end of year sale promo applied430
Total savings86

Klook your tickets to Universal Studios Japan and enter any day since the tickets are open-dated! Plus you’ll get to skip the long queues at the ticketing counters since you can enter directly with your mobile e-voucher!

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Bathhouse Only
1 hour use of Grand View Bathhouse for two
S$48Find out more!
Bathhouse & Afternoon Tea for Two
1 hour use of Grand View Bathhouse and Afternoon Tea Set for Two (served 2:30pm to 5pm)
S$73Find out more!
Bathhouse & Meal for Two
1 hour use of Grand View Bathhouse and Meal for Two (lunch served 11am to 2pm, dinner 5pm to 9pm, last order at 8:30pm)
S$118Find out more!

4.2 Race your buddies along the streets of Tokyo!

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a character out of Mario Kart? Well, now you can find out! Race your friends along the streets of Tokyo in a go kart as you take in the sights and lights of Akihabara! These go karts even go up to 60km/h!

Dress up in your favourite cosplay outfits before hitting the roads and be sure to arm yourselves with go-pros and cameras to capture yourselves on the streets. But, when you’re this cool on the roads, others may photograph you too!

Ready, get set, RACE!

Northeast Coast Scenic Day Tour
Location: Hotel pick up or meet at Taipei Main Station East Gate 3
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 5:30pm
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Klook your go karting experience, flash your mobile e-voucher and get ready to race!

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Based on a party of 4 adults:

Taipei 101 Observatory
Location: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 10pm (last admission at 9:15pm). Hours may vary on national holidays.

5. Travel essentials to complete your Japan experience

There are a couple of necessities that you definitely cannot survive Japan without! From a transport pass (JR Pass) that will cover almost your transportation needs to a portable WiFi device that keeps you connected, get them now!

5.1 Stay connected to your loved ones (and social media) on the go!

When you’re in a foreign land, you’ll definitely need to navigate your way around or even search the web for translations. For all you Instagram addicts, this is definitely a MUST-GET! Upload all those Instagram stories wherever you are with this portable WiFi device.

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6. Gastronomic adventures in Japan

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You cannot say you’ve been to Japan if you haven’t eaten any Japanese food, in fact, many of us travel there solely for the gastronomic adventures! Here are some of the Klook recommended things you MUST try before leaving Japan.

1. Tour the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and make your own sushi!

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Find out what goes on in a day in the life of a fisherman as he hustles and bustles to provide Japan with the freshest seafood! After that, head into the kitchen and pick up sushi making skills from a professional Japanese chef!

#Klook Fun Fact: The most expensive tuna in the world was once sold off at an auction here for US$1.8 Million!

Klook your Tsukiji fish market and sushi workshop tour and it is all inclusive! Get picked up from your hotel, have a guide bring you around and tell you the secrets of the market and get a sushi lesson from a professional. Talk about all inclusive!

2. Eat and drink your way through Tokyo!

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Let a local guide take you through the backstreets of Tokyo where the locals hang out after work! Munch on yakitori (meat skewers), wagashi (Japanese sweets), Monja-yaki (pancakes), washed down with a beer or sake. The best part- these food places definitely won’t be tourists spots! You’ll be drinking with the locals, so don’t forget to say Kanpai!

3. Get CRABtivated in Hokkaido

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I’m sure many of us want to visit Hokkaido just to get a taste of the famous Hokkaido crab! Head to Sapporo Kaniya Honten in Hokkaido, a popular crab restaurant once located in a Japanese fishery! Enjoy a wide range of crab dishes including queen crabs, king crabs and even some hairy crabs cooked in a variety of ways. We would definitely go for the Queen crab hot pot if we were you.

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Taipei 101
One time admission ticket - fast track entry to Taipei's tallest building
S$23Find out more!
A Day at Sun Moon Lake
Location: Hotel pick up and drop off
Hotel pick-up time: 8am to 8:40am

Total savings:

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Live the #luxlife for less!

You don’t have to compromise on quality holidays just to save your wallets! With Klook’s end of year sale, have the best trip of your life to Japan without breaking the bank. Check out other Japan activities to add to your itineraries here!

Escape from the bustle of city life in Arashiyama, Kyoto

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Holidays to Japan often cost us an arm and a leg, but this doesn’t have to be the case! With Klook’s end of year sale, you can have the same experiences in Japan at a fraction of the price! The Klook team has put together ideas for you to ensure you can experience all of Japan while saving big.

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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

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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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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!

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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.

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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)
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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).

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

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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.

Horrific Halloween Scarefests

Scare Yourselves Silly At These Horrific Halloween Scarefests

Finally, it’s that time of the year where all major theme parks in the region rev up their engines and prepare for Halloween! From haunted houses and scare zones to costumes and even dance parties, you are in for some Halloween fun!

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