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self-drive+train? or train only?

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self-drive+train? or train only?

hi there..

im planning to visit sapporo in july.. i need some advice on the below itinerary..

day 1

- arrival sapporo

- travel to lake toya

- visit sobetsu fruit farm

- overnight in lake toya

day 2

- visit farmers market near lake toya/sobetsu

- travel to furano

- visit tomita farm or wine/cheese factory

- overnight in furano

day 3

- visit tomita farm or wine/cheese factory

- travel to sapporo

- visit otaru

- overnight in sapporo

day 4

- free & easy in sapporo

- visit rera factory outlet mall

- overnight in sapporo

day 5

- depart sapporo

- free & easy in tokyo

im still undecided whether to do self-drive on day 1+2.. understand tavelling from lake toya to furano takes about 4hrs.. for day 3+4 in sapporo, will be travelling by train..

for self-drive, im concerned abt the expensive toll and parking charges.. if i travel via toll-free roads, will the travelling time be lengthen by alot more?

will taking trains throughout the trip be more convenient and economical?

many thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: self-drive+train? or train only?

Hi there

I reckon a taxi would be ok in Toya...and maybe rent a car IN FUrano (go from Toya to Furano by train).

But it also depends how many people you are travelling with: if there are 3 or 4 of you sharing the cost then a rental car is more fun...if you are a couple...then train is better...

Have you looked at the JR Hokkaido website too? They have car rental deals, and specially for FIrano in July you can get a train/car package.

Amanda

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2. Re: self-drive+train? or train only?

Here you are:

…jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/…4days_03.html

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3. Re: self-drive+train? or train only?

hi amanda.. thank you so much for ur advice..

my travelling aprty consists of 4 adults and 1 20-mth-old infant..

i read in another thread that toll can cost as much as 7000yen!! and only renting the ETC device + card can help me save some money.. is there no other way?

will travelling via toll-free roads lengthen my travelling time by alot?

many thanks in advance!

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4. Re: self-drive+train? or train only?

I think 4 adults and a baby...and all the stuff you'll be carrying..you should rent a car and drive on the local roads...enjoy the scenary!

Toya to Tomakomai on the expressway, because the coast road is busy and ugly and then cross country to Biei. A beautiful drive..stop for lunch...enjoy the views.

amanda

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