From Tokyo to Niseko

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Itinerary for Families who Crave for Fun and Adventure

 My family wanted to go up the Lapland for our December holiday last year but planning for it in June apparently was a bit too late.  We couldn’t get accommodations and flights for the dates that we wanted.  Two Decembers ago, we were all set to go to Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan but two weeks before our flight, my hubby’s passport somehow ended up in the washing machine! In short, we had to cancel that trip, forfeit our payment for the accommodation and cancel a number of other bookings.

And so our December break last year, although with a bit of hesitation, I started planning again for a Japan trip – take 2! What a winter holiday it turned out to be.  We all loved our itinerary.  It was a combination of city tours, museums, a theme park, Star Wars premiere, and the highlight – snow play at Niseko.

This was the itinerary I prepared for the whole trip, although half of which we modified during the actually holiday to suit the weather and my kids’ wishes.  Feel free to have a look!

Click here: Japan2017 Itinerary Page1, and Japan2017 Itinerary Page2 if you’d like to see our itinerary.

So how did our trip, the actually itinerary, look like?  Well it was something like this…  Some were done according to the itinerary, some were added, some were shortened, and others were totally scrapped.  We basically let the weather dictate us, especially in Tokyo.  When we realised that it was sunny, we continued touring outdoors and moved the museum tours to a different day.  In Niseko, since our kids ended up wanting to do more snowboarding at Hanazono Resort, we had to cancel snow tubing and the gondola ride at Grand Hirafu.  Basically the things we kept to the schedule were the flights, DisneySea (because we already have tickets for that, also I booked them just a few days earlier to make sure there’s already a weather forecast available), the hotel bookings, transfers to and from Niseko, the snowshoeing tour and the restaurant bookings in Niseko.

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Japan, here we come!

Here’s our actual itinerary. Hope you’ll find some inspiration from it!

Day 1: Evening arrival in Tokyo; check in at Hilton Tokyo; wagyu dinner at Hilton’s Metropolitan Grill

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Joaquin taking a photo of Tokyo Skytree’s shadow

Day 2: Tokyo – cruise on Sumida River; visit Sensoji Temple in Asakusa; see Tokyo City from the viewing deck of Tokyo Skytree plus the much-awaited ramen for lunch, Samurai Museum in the evening; Yamagata beef yakinuku at a recommended Japanese restaurant but with no English name

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At the Samurai Museum, Joaquin’s favourite attraction in Tokyo

Day 3: Whole day at DisneySea (bus to and from Shinjuku station)

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Benjamin and Joaquin at DisneySea
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Joaquin at Tokyo Station

Day 4: Tokyo – walk around Tokyo Station and Marunouchi business district; explore the grounds of Imperial Palace; quick lunch at Mcdo; afternoon at Museum of Nature and Science at Ueno Park; watch the premier of Star Wars: the Last Jedi; hotdog dinner at the cinema

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Snowboarding in Hanazono Resort, Niseko

Days 5: Flight to Niseko; arrival at New Chitose Airport; 3-hr road travel by SkyStation; check-in at Flow Niseko; collect snowboard; steak dinner at Steak Rosso Rosso

Day 6: Morning snowboarding lesson; afternoon snowmobile tour; Swiss cheese fondue dinner at The Alpinist

Day 7: Morning snowboarding lesson; more snowboarding; Spam and Nissin noodle dinner at the apartment

Day 8: Morning snowshoeing tour; afternoon snowboarding lesson; wagyu and oysters dinner at The Barn

Day 9: Morning snowboarding lesson; more snowboarding; yakiniku dinner at Niseko Soan Yakiniku

Day 10: Breakfast at the apartment, private transfers by SkyStation to New Chitose Airport; flight to Tokyo; yakitori dinner at some restaurant in Shinjuku area

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At Lower Village, Grand Hirafu

Day 11: Brunch at Hilton Tokyo; flight back to Singapore

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Snowshoeing to Lake Hangetsu
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Kani ramen at Hanazono Resort

We tremendously enjoyed our winter holiday in Japan and so I hope our posts will give you some inspiration in planning for your own winter holiday. 🙂

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21 comments

  1. It’s great to have an itinerary, and know what you plan to see and do, but unfortunately sometimes mother nature can interfere with our plans and I guess we just have to go with the flow! But sometimes I like to be a bit spontaneous with my travel plans too. Xx

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    1. Oh yes definitely Lorelle that’s what we always end up doing – going with the flow 🙂 And I’m totally fine with it. My husband is an expert in the field (his itinerary is always just ‘free and easy’ hahaha) and I’m always thrilled and pleasantly surprised. And like what I mentioned in the post, we had to let the weather of day and our kids’ wishes dictate us, and so we ended up heavily modifying our itinerary 🙂

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  2. I love your itinerary planning! The pics accompanying the daily highlights make it like an official brochure from a Travel agency! Great job, Amor.

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    1. Thank you Karen! Half the time the itinerary doesn’t get followed (which is perfectly okay, who would want to stick to a timetable anyway hehehe) but I still find it exciting to prepare.

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