Why Sightseeing Taxis are recommended when traveling in Hokkaido
Hokkaido’s top destinations are Sapporo and Otaru, which are fairly close from Shinchitose Airport, and Asahikawa, Furano, and Biei, located a little ways away. Many visitors may choose to get around using buses and trains rather than renting a car.
For visitors wondering the best method to get around, we highly recommend the sightseeing taxis. Although there are many ways to get around – trains, buses, rental cars, rental bikes – we highly recommend sightseeing taxis simply because the area of Hokkaido is big (the largest island in Japan, in fact!).
Hokkaido’s transit system is of course well developed, but there will be cases where visitors can waste time waiting for a bus or train that only comes once an hour.
It also might be worrisome for visitors to drive their rental cars on unfamiliar roads during snowy weather. It’ll be a good use of time to have a local driver take you around in a sightseeing taxi, as he/she can act as your local tour guide as well!
Sightseeing taxi tours will take you around the major tourist attraction points
Sapporo or Asahikawa can be chosen as the departure cities for sightseeing taxi tours introduced by Basho trip.
For example, the tour that begins at Sapporo will take visitors to the famous clock tower,
the Former Hokkaido Government Office,
and Odori Park. Odori Park hosts many beer garden festivals in the summer, as well as major winter festivals, serving a symbolic purpose for many local residents.
Otaru tourism – a must-do for your Hokkaido visit
A visit to Otaru is highly encouraged for Hokkaido visitors. Sightseeing taxis are recommended for visitors who don’t want to ride on congested trains, bound by a set time schedule.
Otaru is known for its hilly landscape – the ocean border on 1 side and the mountainous borders on the other 3 offer visitors a great view of the city from the hilltop. At one point in time, Otaru was referred to as the Wall Street of the North for it’s vibrant economy. Today, the remaining buildings and architecture leave a retro and nostalgic ambiance in the city.
The first stop of the Otaru sightseeing tour will take visitors to Nishingoten, a large Herring Mansion with great views of the ocean. Resources and documents regarding the herring fishing industry are on display inside. Otaru was once known for its active herring fishing industry, even contributing to the development of the Otaru Canals.
Otaru was also known for its major financial institutions that gave the city the nickname, “Wall Street of the North” – The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum is a popular tourist attraction. This symbolic building of Otaru is designed by the same architect as Tokyo Station. Inside the museum has many interesting exhibits, such as the entire collection of cash printed after WWII, or experiencing firsthand the weight of 100 million JPY.
Glassware is a popular souvenir from Otaru. Visitors can enjoy the many glass factories in Otaru or swing by and shop at the most representative brand in the city, the Kitaichi Glass Otaru. Visitors can also walk around the main Sakaimachidori shopping street to look around the glass products and music box shops. We’re sure it’ll be a funfiilled day!
Biei and Furano are popular destinations for sightseeing taxis that start at Asahikawa
The Asahikawa area is known for nature-rich destination spots, including Biei and Furano.
imply driving on the roads around Furano and Asahikawa will be a sight to behold as there are an abundance of nature and flower fields.
Between Asahikawa and Furano lies Biei-cho, a town that was selected as Japan’s most beautiful towns.
Sightseeing taxi tours introduced by Bashotrip include courses that take visitors to the hills of Biei, the lavender flower fields of Furano, the Blue Pond of Biei, the Asahiyama Zoo of Asahikawa, or all courses combined! Visitors can surely enjoy the abundant nature of Hokkaido.
Tours for the hungry!
Hokkaido is known for its delicious food, and it’s even more important to use your limited time wisely to hit up all the good eats. This food tour in Asahikawa will feature the classic Japanese dish – ramen. Asahikawa is known to be one of the best cities for delicious ramen, and the Ramen Village, a collection of many ramen shops, is surely a must visit for visitors who enjoy ramen.
Brewery tour of Asahikawa’s local Otokoyama sake, followed by a jingisukan dinner paired with local beer is surely to be a great tour for foodies.
Asahikawa’s world famous gardens
Asahikawa’s sightseeing taxis will take visitors to Asahiyama Zoo, Japan’s most popular zoo,
and the world famous Ueno Farm gardens.
As such, sightseeing taxis that depart from Sapporo and Otaru are more city-focused, while taxis that depart from Asahikawa can take tourists around more nature-centric areas.
Sightseeing taxis can accommodate friends’ groups, families, and big parties
Taxi tours introduced by Basho trip can flexibly accommodate parties of all sizes. For groups of 4 or less, we will introduce a normal size taxi. Groups of 5+ will be paired with a bigger taxi that can fit up to 8 people. Wheelchair accessible taxis are also available upon request. Sightseeing taxis can solve the logistics headache that comes with traveling with a big group. Traveling and covering a lot of area in Hokkaido in a limited time is key to ensuring a memorable trip! Please consider using a sightseeing taxi during your next visit to Hokkaido!