Visiting Hokkaido for the 1st time with wife and 7 yrs old daughter for a self drive vacation from 20 to 26 Nov 2008. Did some research and below is my itinerary. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
20 Nov - Arr Hakodate (est 1855H). Collect car at airport. Considering staying 2 nights at Comfort Hotel Hakodate (any good? any recommendation?). After check-in drive to Mt Hakodate for night view.
21 Nov - Asaichi morning market, Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse (any other places I can fit in?).
22 Nov - Check-out & Drive to Noboribetsu. Visit Lake Toya on the way. Considering stay Noboribetsu Yumoto Onsen or Sekisuite Hotspring Hotel (which is better? other recommendations?). Visit Hell Valley, Marine Park.
23 Nov - Check-out and Drive to Niseko. Play snow/ski at Niseko Hirafu. Stay 1 night Niseko ALpen.
(looking for cheaper option)
24 Nov - Check-out & Drive to Sapporo via Otaru. On way visit Otaru canal, music box museum, kitaichi glass shop. Stay 2 nights at Sapporo Park Hotel (other recommendations?). Susukino Alley, Odori Park and any near hotel attractions.
25 Nov - Visit Tokeidai Factory mall, Chocolate Factory, Nijo Seafood market (objective to shop for Hakkaido products)
Some pressing questions:
1. safe to drive in Nov? concern with snow....
2. Is my driving route suitable?
3. Is itinerary to tight?
Other than the trip, nothing is fixed yet so can still change. Looking forwards to any advices, suggestion, recommendations and comments in general. Thanks in advance.