For a finale of your Hokkaido tour, we will sightsee in Otaru before heading to New Chitose Airport. Passengers who get on at New Chitose Airport can enjoy the majestic nature of Hokkaido at beautiful Lake Shikotsu. You can check right in to your hotel.
■Passengers who start / end at Sapporo, start at Sapporo / end at New Chitose Airport
This course takes you to the nostalgic port town of Otaru. From there you can go straight to New Chitose Airport without transferring, so it is a perfect course for those with little time.
In Otaru we will visit Kitaichi Glass Factory where over 100 thousand glass products line the shelves, and the Otaru Music Box Museum, which showcases over 3,000 music boxes from around the world. We will also visit the Otaru Canal which still holds it charm of the good old days. Many of the old stone warehouses have been renovated into shops, and give the area a nostalgic feeling. At the former Hokkaido Bank Main Branch Building, which is now Otaru Bine, you will enjoy a tour and sampling the delicious wines. For lunch(paid by the passenger), you can show your ticket stub at the Kitano Ryoba Otaru Canal Branch or Otaru No. 5 Branch, and try the original Chuo Bus menu(optional, extra pay).
This course allows you to disembark at New Chitose Airport, so if you have an afternoon flight,and you don’t have any specific plans, you can enjoy sightseeing and then shuttle service to the airport. It is a very economical and convenient tour.
■Passengers who board and alight in Sapporo.
From the New Chitose Airport, the gateway to Hokkaido, you will be escorted to Lake Shikotsu, one of the few clearest lakes in Japan, and then to Sapporo. Lake Shikotsu, is not merely just the clearest, but the second deepest lake in Japan, at 360 meters, succeeding Lake Tazawa in Akita prefecture. Due to its depth, it is also an ice-free lake. There are many Ainu legends in relation to the depth of the lake. The lake has been selected as one of the Most Clean Lakes by the Ministry of Environment. There are lake cruises that allow you to enjoy the surrounding scenery from the vantage point of the boat(cruise fare needed), which is also breathtaking. This course is a great way to start the first day of your stay, which would otherwise end in just heading directly to your hotel to check in. The bus will also stop at the major hotels listed on the course, so you can use it not just for sightseeing, but for shuttle service to your hotel too! (does not return to New Chitose Airport)