Travel Guide - Hokkaido

Rental car destinations in Hokkaido near the Shin-Chitose location

Hokkaido, the Northernmost island of Japan is often left unexplored by foreign travelers. We hope that this list of sites inspires you to go up north and enjoy the breath taking views, the delicious seafood, and maybe even the world famous ski resorts that Hokkaido has to offer. 

Furano - Flower Fields

Approx. 2 hours from NICONICO Rent a Car Shin-Chitose

Looking to take your next most-liked Instagram photo? Or maybe you're a flower lover? Either way, Furano is the place for you! Furano is very famous for its lavender fields that bloom in the summer time. The best times to go are from mid-June, through mid-August, with the lavenders reaching peak in mid-July. One of the best places to view the flowers in Furano is Farm Tomita, where the fields are very large, and make for a lavender filled breath-taking view!

Farm Tomita: Kisen Kita 15-go Nakafurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido, 071-0704

Sapporo - Yurigahara Park

Approx. 50 minutes from NICONICO Rent a Car Shin-Chitose

For flower lovers, Hokkaido is the place to be! Yurigahara Park (or garden), gives you the opportunity to enjoy various types of flowers all in one place. This travel destination is recommended for those that are travelling between May and November. The flowers bloom at different times depending on the weather and species, so be sure to check their website to see what is in season. For those who do not have a preference in what flowers they want to see, Mid-May is very promising, as it has the largest amount of flowers in bloom. If you can not make it in Mid-May do not worry, there are still several types of flowers still in bloom throughout the summer and early autumn.

Yurigahara-kouen 210, Kita-ku, Sapporo, 002-8082, Japan

Niseko Village - Ski Resort

Approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes from NICONICO Rent a Car New Chitose Airport Location

For the best powder in Japan, look no further than Niseko! This ski area offers fine quality snow that attracts skiers from all over the world. It is located just south of Sapporo, making it just over a 2 hour drive from Shin-Chitose Airport. There are four ski resorts all within close proximity from each other, making it easy for you to explore them all. After you have finished with your skiing or snowboarding, enjoy the delicious seafood and ramen that Hokkaido has to offer! Also a friendly reminder; NICONICO Rent a Car offers Ski Carriers and snow tires for free! Book as soon as possible, as numbers are limited.

Address to the Hilton in Niseko Village: ヒルトンニセコビレッジ Higashiyama Onsen, Niseko-chō, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 048-1592

Shikotsu-Toya National Park - Lake Toya

Approx. 1.5 hours from NICONICO Rent a Car Shin-Chitose Location

Lake Toya is located just South of Sapporo and is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Here you will be able to see Mt. Usu, one of Japan's most active volcanoes. There are cruises to tour around Lake Toya, these depart from Nakanoshima. In the areas surrounding Lake Toya you will also find various hot springs. At the base of Mt. Usu is a hot spring resort area. From Spring to Autumn there are firework shows every night. The most famous hot spring in Hokkaido is the Noboribetsu Onsen, also located in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. There are several hotels in the Noboribetsu Onsen area, offering you the perfect accommodation as you explore the national park.

Address of Lake Toya Ferry: 虻田郡洞爺湖町洞爺湖温泉29番地