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Cheap flights to Hokkaido

Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island, and is also the largest and northernmost of the country’s 47 prefectures. Hokkaido occupies a total area of 83,454 square kilometres or 32,222 square miles, and has around 5.5 million inhabitants. Hokkaido is separated from Honshu by the Tsugaru Strait; the two islands are connected by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel. The island’s capital and largest city is Sapporo.

What to see & do

Within Hokkaido, visit Shiretoko National Park, Asahiyama Zoo, Daisetsuzan National Park, Lake Mashu, Asahi-dake, Rebun Island, Cape Soya, Former Hokkaido Government Office, Goryokaku, Lake Shikotsu, and Akan National Park, to name a few. Asahiyama Zoo is a municipal zoo that opened in late 1960s in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. The zoo has had three million annual visitors as of 2007, with over 320,000 visitors in August 2004, the second highest number of visitors among all the zoos within the country. Daisetsuzan National Park, also known as Taisetsuzan, can be found in the mountainous centre of Hokkaido. Covering an area of approximately 2,300 square kilometres or 880 square miles, it is considered as the largest national park in Japan. Within the park are three volcanic mountain groups namely Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group, Tokachi Volcanic Group, and Shikaribetsu Volcanic Group. Since its founding in 1934, the park has had six million visitors in total.

How to get around within Hokkaido

With its size, Hokkaido has a lot to offer, so it is advised to allow plenty of time to get around, and refrain from trying to do so much within a short time. Along with its size, Hokkaido also offers many outlying islands; with this, JAL subsidiary Hokkaido Air Commuter and All Nippon Airways or ANA subsidiary, Air Nippon, operate regional flights throughout the areas, with many turboprop flights going out of Okadama Airport in central Sapporo. Additionally, it is also possible to get around by train and bus, among others. Hokkaido’s train network can be a bit lacking when compared to other parts of Japan, but is still good enough to get to the major cities within the area. Additionally, express trains such as Hokuto and Super Hokuto can also be taken to get to and fro Sapporo and Hakodate; Super Kamui to and fro Sapporo and Asahikawa; Tokachi to and fro Sapporo and Obihiro; Super Ozora to and fro Sapporo and Kushiro; with Super Soya, Sarobetsu, and Rishiri for travels between Sapporo and Wakkanai. Going by bus is also an option when within Hokkaido. Buses are cheap albeit slower and less comfortable than the trains. The buses take passengers to all the areas not accessible by train.

How to get there

New Chitose Airport is a public airport that serves Sapporo metropolitan Area. It has flights to and from local and international destinations such as Beijing, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Kobe, Aomori, Hakodate, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul, Matsumoto, Manila, Bangkok, Tokyo, Honolulu, Guam, and more. The airlines that serve with flights to and from these destinations include Aeroflot operated by Aurora, Air China, Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Eastar Jet, EVA Air, Fuji Dream Airlines, Jeju Air, Philippine Airlines, TransAsia Airways, and Vanilla Air, to name a few.

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