How to get there

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Chi­tose Air­port is the main gate­way to Hokkaido and the most con­ve­nient for the re­sorts in this re­view, with flights from many cities across East Asia and as far south as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. A num­ber of low-cost car­ri­ers fly in too, though at the height of the ski sea­son their deals may not seem ex­actly cheap. It pays to book well in ad­vance. If you have to fly into Tokyo first, you can switch to one of many lo­cal car­ri­ers (the route is one of the busiest any­where in the world) to com­plete your trip. The air­port it­self is a des­ti­na­tion for some as the do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal is more mall than air­port with an enor­mous range of shop­ping and eat­ing op­tions. Wan­der about and sam­ple all man­ner of lo­cal del­i­ca­cies, from crab to cheese­cake, sushi to sake. The eas­i­est way to get to most re­sorts is to book a di­rect bus with one of sev­eral com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing from the air­port. Re­sort Lin­ers, for in­stance, have a net­work that con­nect the air­port and Sap­poro city to re­sorts, and even trans­fer be­tween re­sorts. See­­ter2016/en/skibus/list.html. At busy times it is rec­om­mended to book ahead on­line.

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