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Hokkaido, Japan

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How much money will you need for your trip to Hokkaido? You should plan to spend around ¥14,711 ($100) per day on your vacation in Hokkaido, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ¥4,397 ($30) on meals for one day and ¥3,263 ($22) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Hokkaido for a couple is ¥15,682 ($106). So, a trip to Hokkaido for two people for one week costs on average ¥205,951 ($1,394). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Hokkaido for one week usually costs around ¥102,975 for one person. So, a trip to Hokkaido for two people costs around ¥205,951 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ¥411,902 in Hokkaido. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Hokkaido can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Hokkaido? How much money do I need for Hokkaido?

How much does a trip to Hokkaido cost? Is Hokkaido cheap or expensive? The average Hokkaido trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Hokkaido prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Hokkaido
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Hokkaido is ¥7,841. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Hokkaido is ¥15,682. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Hokkaido

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Transportation Budget in Hokkaido
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Hokkaido is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ¥3,263 per person, per day, on local transportation in Hokkaido.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Hokkaido
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Rental Cars in Hokkaido
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Food Budget in Hokkaido
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  • While meal prices in Hokkaido can vary, the average cost of food in Hokkaido is ¥4,397 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Hokkaido should cost around ¥1,759 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Hokkaido is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Hokkaido
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  • Entertainment and activities in Hokkaido typically cost an average of ¥2,553 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Hokkaido
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Hokkaido is ¥63 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Hokkaido is Never.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Hokkaido
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  • The average person spends about ¥1,428 on alcoholic beverages in Hokkaido per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Hokkaido
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  • On average, people spend ¥197 on bottled water in Hokkaido per day. The public water in Hokkaido is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Hokkaido On a Budget
Hokkaido Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido, Japan is a nature lover's paradise. Located on the northernmost island of Japan, it is the largest prefecture in the country. Their extensive number of national parks are often compared to those found in Europe due to the similar flora and fauna found throughout, along with many faux German cottages located throughout the parks. Hokkaido is only a hundred or so years old, compared to other thousands-year-old prefectures in Japan, so much of the architecture and cities are modern and westernized.

Being so far north, Hokkaido experiences quite a bit of snow in the winter and is overall much cooler than other areas of Japan. The most popular times to visit are between May and August due to the dry and cool sunny days.
Hokkaido is home to seven national parks, each one with their own hiking trails and stunning views. The Akan National Park is famous for their mysterious lakes, while the Onuma Quasi National Park has a peaceful lake near the Hakodate. Head to Shiretoko National Park on the eastern peninsula where you can view bears roaming the wilderness and bathing in the hot waterfalls. Plus, Shinetoko was recently named a World Heritage Site, so you can truly enjoy the inhibited beauty.

The Daisetsuzan National Park is the largest of the parks and located in the center of Hokkaido. It is known for being the best park for extreme hikers due to the intense landscape. One of the most popular parks is the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, primarily due to their picturesque volcanic hot springs and mossy canyons. Finally, the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park is made up of two islands: Rishiri-to Island consists of a single volcano while Rebun-to Island is known for their waterfalls and wildflowers.
As a whole, Hokkaido is divided into four circuits: Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern. The capital city of Sapporo is located in the Central Circuit and is home to the tourist office and the majority of food and accommodation options. The Eastern Circuit is the largest and most remote, the Northern Circuit is known for Furano, a popular ski resort, and the Southern Circuit is where you'll find the Onuma Quasi National Park.

The major activity in Hokkaido is hiking; there is no shortage of trails that range from beginner to extreme, all of which provide some of the most beautiful scenery in Japan. Each national park has a number of activities of their own; take a boat cruise at the Shiretoko National Park or go canoeing near the Kushiro river at Akan National Park.

Plenty of activities can also be found in the Wakkanai region, from hiking to visiting national parks and wetlands, it's a nature lover's dream. For more information, check out this great guide to Wakkanai Hokkaido.

Hot springs are also a popular activity throughout Hokkaido, you'll find they vary from being open to the public to secluded resorts.

If you're there in the winter, head to Sapporo, home to Mt. Teine which was featured in the 1972 Winter Olympics. Here, you'll find a range of both beginner and experienced slopes. Sapporo also hosts an annual Snow Festival in early February which is famous for their ice sculpture competition which attracts artists from around the world.
Food and Dining
Hokkaido is well known for their seafood options, especially their uni -sea urchin-and hairy crab dishes. Head to Ramen Yokocho, an alley east of the Susukino Station in Sapporo that's home to dozens of ramen shops with some unique flavors like crab ramen and scallop ramen.

Hokkaido is also the largest producer of dairy products in Japan, which results in some very unique combinations with their food. Specifically, their bata-kon ramen, a Hokkaido special that is made with a thick corn and butter broth.

Hokkaido also has some of the best options for sake, a must try is Asahikawa's Otokoyama. Sapporo is also famous for their Sapporo Beer, available in every bar in the area. At Mugishutei, you'll find over 300 bottled beer options and over 50 types of tequila. For more nightlife options, head to Susukino located south of center Sapporo, which has plenty of nightlife options ranging from pubs to clubs.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

Hokkaido is very spread out and therefore it is easiest to get around by car. Having a car makes it far easier to travel throughout the cities and take you the various national parks. Due to the snowy and icy roads in the winter, only drivers experienced with these conditions should drive. If you're visiting during the winter and unfamiliar with driving in these conditions, there are other options.

Trains connect larger cities, with some lines taking you to within walking distance of national park entrances. During summer, cycling is a popular option, especially for cycling throughout town then taking a ride through one of the national parks. Finally, Experience Japan tour company provides single and multi-day tours to various areas and parks throughout Hokkaido, making it a great option for those opting out of driving.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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