虽然上一次我们俩都不是第一次游日本，但是还是觉得一切都好新奇！对我们来说，都是第一次自己排行程 （之前我都是跟家人，所以没骨气的都是跟团），所以就玩得特别开心啦．．撇掉那些 tourist traps, 寻找自己的隐藏版美食和attractions！
而事隔两年，终于在去年底，SCOOT promo to Tokyo 的引诱下，买了东京的来回机票。也因为之前去过了京都和大阪，我就决定这次带Ｂ去北海道～ （第一次去北海道也是跟团，不过那地方真的太美了！像童话故事一样！） 起初花了好久去 convince Ｂ说要去北海道。。对那个 city kid 来说，北海道好像是个鸟不生 蛋的地方，好像只有山有水，没有ＷｉＦｉ！ （你看，知错了吧）所以唯一能骗到他的方法就是show他旅游节目啊，部落格的介绍之类的。。当然是以“美食”为主！
只要一有空就就和坐在我后面的日本达人兼同事聊一聊，不然，就会search一下 ”Ｈｏｋｋａｉｄｏ“ 的资料。却发现 “呃。。资料好少噢！＂ 除了TripAdvisor， 就几乎没有什么有用的。 结果就开始ｓｅａｒｃｈ ”北海道”试试看，咦。。真的有好多有用的东西啊！大多数都是台湾的朋友写的游记之类的，写得非常详细，又有趣！比价，心得，统统有！
我们从新加坡搭凌晨 0050 的 Scoot 班级飞往台北让后转接到日本羽田机场（Narita Airport），３个小时后从羽田乘搭 １小时４５分钟国内航班（Jetstar）至札幌千代机场。 搭地铁到薄野 （Susukino），大约４５分钟。 在札幌住在 Watermark Hotel ，第４天租 Mazda 的车到带广（Obihiro），住了一晚豪华的温泉旅馆 －关月苑。隔日乘搭国内航班 （Airdo）到东京成田机场。Airport Limousine 送我们到 Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku 的门口，非常方便。住了个４晚后，乘Airport Limousine 到羽田机场搭Scoot 1230 回国的班机。
Air Ticket (per pax)
Singapore --> Tokyo Narita ---> Singapore (Scoot) - SGD 550
Tokyo Narita --> Sapporo Chitose Airport (Jetstar) - SGD 90/JPY 6,240*
Obihiro Airport --> Haneda Airport (Air Do) - SGD 140/JPY 10,970*
* For domestic flight, u can only book up to 2 months in advance. Book as early as possible, i booked on the 1st day of the 2 months frame, and i got really good discounted ticket. However, if you are taking ANA/JAL/SQ or other major airlines, they have promotion for domestic flight ticket under the same airline.
Please see here for more information: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2365.html
Car Rental (2D1N)
Mazda (Basic) - SGD 220/JPY 16,380
The reason why its so expensive its because we chose to return the car at another city/location. Thus there is a surcharge of JPY 5,000.
Do note that not all car rental companies accept return at another location.
Mazda Car Rental: www.timescar-rental.com/ (Pick up at Susukino Times Station, Return at Obihiro Airport)
Toyota Car Rental: rent.toyota.co.jp/en/
Before driving in Japan, please make sure you obtain a International Driving License from AAS. Charge is SGD 22 and valid for one year. If you fail to produce your IDP, the rental company may refuse to rent the car on the spot.
Toll for highway was about JPY 3,900.
Transport (Basic Day to Day transport by JR or Subway - 5 days in Tokyo) - JPY 5,000
Assuming per day make 3 to 4 trips on subway or JR. One typical trip would cost about JPY 210. For ease of travelling, purchase a PASMO or SUICA, works like our EZlink and can be topped up (min. JPY 1,000 per top up).
To better plan your trip, you may use hyperdia. It will calculate the timing, fare amount & no. of transfers.
A day pass would not make much sense because most of the passes only work on certain subway lines and there will be times u will have to make changes across a few lines.
Transport (Airport Transfer )
JPY 1,200 from Haneda Airport to/fro Shinjuku area (Sunroute Shinjuku Entrance)
JPY 3,000 from Narita Airport to/fro Shinjuku (Sunroute Shinjuku Entrance)
Very subjective. If you want to eat cheap, your choices range from chain fast food restaurant like Yoshinoya, our new found Chikarameshi & Sukiya to Sushi Go Round shops found everywhere on the streets. Sushi from these places ranges from JPY80 to JPY 250 for the premium ones.
Do note that cheap does not mean bad food. B is in love w the JPY 330 beef bowl from Chikarameshi（東京チカラめし)
Go to basements of shopping malls to get cheap deals on Bento lunch boxes and sashimi! There are lotsa of sampling too!
Medium budget travellers can go for yummy Ramen shops & Japanese curry. Our favourite being Ichiran （一蘭）ramen & C&C curry house. Pricing about JPY800 - JPY 1000 for a comforting meal.
If you like to indulge, the sky is the limit. I would say a JPY2,500 - JPY 5,000 for a sushi set at Tsukiji Market （筑地市场）. Its worth the money, as long as you are willing to queue up to hours for it, especially the famous ones like Sushi Dai (寿司大).
Accomodation (per night)
Watermark Hotel - JPY 7,245 (www.japantravelleronline.com)
Very well located in Tanuki Koji （狸小路６）, famous shopping district in Susukino. 5 mins to underground linkway to Susukino subway. 5 mins to 24 hours Donki. Famous ramen Ippudo （一风堂）is just downstairs, along with alot of souvenirs shops．Good value for money. A good alternative will be Richmond Hotel.
Kangetsuen (観月苑) - JPY 20,250 (www.japantravelleronline.com)
This was a last minute decision. I have originally booked a western hotel in Obihiro town for SGD 90, however, 2 weeks before departure i have decided to splurge on this hotspring (Onsen) resort for almost 3 times the original hotel since we are going all the way to Obihiro, whats more the price is including a Kaiseki set dinner & buffet breakfast. The meal was extravagant and the buffet breakfast even comes with an awesome view. Its just too amazing and its worth every penny. Room is huge for 2 - 5 pax.
Its a once in a life time experience, and its cheaper than Daiichi Resort (1st on trip advisor), therefore less touristy. You feel like a distinguished guest there.
Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku - JPY 10,650 (Weekday), JPY 12,650 (weekends)
#1 Shinjuku Hotel on TA. Value for money. 1 min to Shinjuku Subway Station (one of the exits) and 5 mins to main JR station and other lines. 5 mins walk to Takashimaya. Room is not too small, clean and the entire feel is like a 4 star hotel. Best part about staying here is, airport limousine can pick up and drop you off at entrance of the hotel. Very convenient as you dont need to drag your heavy luggage to the bus stop at Shinjuku station.
Will definitely,without a doubt, stay there again.
Overall, i am very happy with the places we stayed during this trip.
Note that for some hotels, it is more worth it to book through 3rd party websites rather than direct from hotel website as they may offer early bird discounts. After comparing i find that japantraveller.com offers good discounts. Only down side is that your credit card will be charged first, however, during cancellation or amendments, the refund was processed rather quickly back into my CC account ( 2 - 3 days). No cancellation charge until travel dates.
再次谢谢以下的日本达人，给了我许多灵感来编排行程 （和必买的药妆，把钱都丢在哪儿了我．．T_T, 不过还是谢啦）：
当然还有， 食尚玩家＆Woman 爱旅行（让我决定去带广）。
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