I just impulse bought tickets to Japan for the last 2.5 weeks of February. I plan on skiing. How hard is it to get around Hokkaido by public transit?
I was able to leverage some pretty killer points coupled with a fare sale into a rediculous deal from NYC to Tokyo in late February. Flights from Tokyo to Sapporo are pretty cheap, so I figure I'll indulge my crazy skiing habit with a 2 week trip around Hokkaido.
So I've seen this question
and I know that Niseko caters to Aussies, so I figure I'd spend a few days there, but I've been very intrigued by some of the other resorts in the country, Ashidake
have all grabbed my attention.
I've found a hokkaido rail pass that looks promising (map
) but am unsure that it will actually let me get to all of the smaller/more scattered locations. I know there are busses from Sapporo to Niseko (and to other resorts), but don't know how easy it will be to locate them. I have read that it is inadviseable to rent a car and drive around in the winter- some of the more out of the way resorts seem rather difficult to get too without personal transport.
I would be looking to stay in hostels, or the Japanese hostel equivalent- what search terms should I be looking for? (I don't mind non traditional accomodation, and in fact prefer it)
I am very open to any advice. Also to attending a mefi meetup in Tokyo as I pass through.
bonus question: I am severely allergic to shellfish, and I know that outside of Tokyo there is very little english signage, and would like to not be a complete idiot/end up in the ER. Where can I sign up for beginner Japanese lessons in NYC, and is any self study a good idea, or should I really just do classes? yes I know about allergy cards, and will be carrying a stack of them, as well as registering my epi-pen