Hokkaido trip preperation 2: Accomodation and timing

Since the previous post, I have more or less decided to enter Hokkaido by plane to New Chitose Airport. Shinkansen (Aomori is the furthest north it goes currently) would still be an option should there be an aviation or timing related issues.

Initially, I was thinking of making a day trip to Hakodatte from Sapporo, but the travel time of 3 to 4 hours made me reconsider to maybe staying there for some days instead. Double that to make my way back. What can I see if most of the day was spent on travelling alone? Adding to that, it is winter, and quite far north (though London is the furthest north latitude-wise I've been), which means less sunlight.

Timing-wise, I'm not sure of the exact dates yet as this is largely determined by flight and accommodation availability (and prices). I want to visit the Winter Festival in Odori park in Sapporo, but that is in February.

Not sure when this trip would be, but it won't be any earlier than December. This also largely depends if I had save up enough funds by February, or a month before the start trip if earlier and nowhere near February.

Regardless of when I choose to go, it must not overlap this year's winter Comiket at Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center; and yes, it's in Tokyo) between 28 to 30 December. Don't think I would want to travel on 31st, though undecided for the following day. Maybe availability and prices would determine this.

Heading to Comiket itself wasn't on my mind until I thought of how snowy it was for the last Wonfes (Wonder Festival).


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